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Valued Species: Animals in the Art of Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei

About the Exhibit

June 5, 2021 - October 3, 2021

Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei are two incredibly familiar names in art who have both created series depicting animals. In this exhibit, the National Museum of Wildlife Art combines Warhol’s Endangered Species series from the Museum’s permanent collection with Ai Weiwei’s Zodiac (2018) series, which consists of twelve Chinese zodiac animal portraits made of thousands of colorful, plastic bricks. Together, the unique, kaleidoscopic interpretations of real and magical creatures offer a comparative look at the similarities between the two iconic artists, with accompanying narratives that bring into question how we value both animals and art.

This exhibition has translated text available in Spanish.

Andy Warhol y Ai Weiwei son dos de los artistas multimedia más influyentes de los siglos XX y XXI. A pesar de las diferencias entre sus orígenes, épocas y enfoques artísticos, existen conexiones significativas entre las filosofías y la obra de ambos artistas.

Ambos artistas fueron activistas y amantes de los animales y, cada uno en su época, creó una serie de obras que representan animales salvajes. Aunque se enmarcan en narrativas muy diversas, sus obras llaman la atención sobre la relación que la humanidad guarda con el arte y el mundo natural. El National Museum of Wildlife Art se complace en reunir la serie Especies en peligro de extinción (1983) de Andy Warhol, parte de la colección permanente del Museo, y la serie Zodíaco LEGO® (2018) de Ai Weiwei, préstamo de un coleccionista privado. Le invitamos a explorar, disfrutar, contemplar e inspirarse a través de la obra de estos dos artistas innovadores.


Valued Species is generously sponsored by:

Lynne and Jack Fritz
Peggy Rose Schneider Endowment Fund
Pat Wilson

Mary Anne Cree
Penny and Jeff Gilbert
Lachlan Hardie

Carol and James Linton
Mary Jane Hunt and Bernard Little
McCrea Foundation

Click on the images below to view some of the work that will be on display at the exhibit

What People Are Saying

We went here because one of our kids wasn't feeling too well so we looked for options that were softer than trekking (summers) , and we absolutely loved it . The art work is fascinating and beautiful and varied ...a must visit - esp if its a rainy day :)

- amazingnivs, Mumbai

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