AiWeiWei Lisbon

BIO

Ai Weiwei, the Chinese dissident artist and activist, globally known as one of the most influential, interventional and creative names in contemporary art, who is also a prominent political activist, a symbol of resistance to oppression and a defender of civil rights and freedom of expression, with a vast artistic production that has marked this struggle in recent decades. He is an articulator of humanity’s deepest cultural roots, especially of Chinese traditions and iconography, lost or forgotten since the Cultural Revolution launched by Mao Zedong (1966 – 1976). This more fantastic, mystical and spiritual dimension is a strong element, although less noticeable in his work. The search for materials, techniques and symbology from other times is a work of cultural archaeology that is part of his quest for the identity that China has lost and currently suffers due to the disconnection with its roots.

Ai Weiwei, the Chinese dissident artist and activist, globally known as one of the most influential, interventional and creative names in contemporary art, who is also a prominent political activist, a symbol of resistance to oppression and a defender of civil rights and freedom of expression, with a vast artistic production that has marked this struggle in recent decades. He is an articulator of humanity’s deepest cultural roots, especially of Chinese traditions and iconography, lost or forgotten since the Cultural Revolution launched by Mao Zedong (1966 – 1976). This more fantastic, mystical and spiritual dimension is a strong element, although less noticeable in his work. The search for materials, techniques and symbology from other times is a work of cultural archaeology that is part of his quest for the identity that China has lost and currently suffers due to the disconnection with its roots.

EXHIBITION

The word Rapture has several meanings in English. It is the transcendent moment that connects the earthly dimension with the spiritual dimension. At the same time, it is the hijacking of our rights and freedom. Rapture may also be the sensory enthusiasm for ecstasy. Ai Weiwei – Rapture gathers these ideas in the form of an exhibition that presents the two creative dimensions of an artist who is an icon of our times: the side of fantasy, where this search for the imaginary is explored; the other side focuses on the reality and the emergency of issues that overflow in our lives with the worsening of human conditions for political, social or environmental reasons. Ai Weiwei offers us a closer, in-depth look into the essential questions that affect all peoples, such as where did we come from and what are we doing here.
Ai Weiwei – Rapture is the biggest exhibition of Ai Weiwei in Europe, with 4000sqm, displaying for the first time all of his most iconic work in the same space and at the same time, while presenting four new pieces produced exclusively in Portugal.
Ai Weiwei – Rapture gathers 85 works, including large-, medium- and small-scale installations and sculptures, as well as videos/films and photos. The exhibition is curated by the Brazilian Marcello Dantas, creator of a series of major exhibitions by the artist in Latin America in recent years.

The word Rapture has several meanings in English. It is the transcendent moment that connects the earthly dimension with the spiritual dimension. At the same time, it is the hijacking of our rights and freedom. Rapture may also be the sensory enthusiasm for ecstasy. Ai Weiwei – Rapture gathers these ideas in the form of an exhibition that presents the two creative dimensions of an artist who is an icon of our times: the side of fantasy, where this search for the imaginary is explored; the other side focuses on the reality and the emergency of issues that overflow in our lives with the worsening of human conditions for political, social or environmental reasons. Ai Weiwei offers us a closer, in-depth look into the essential questions that affect all peoples, such as where did we come from and what are we doing here.
Ai Weiwei – Rapture is the biggest exhibition of Ai Weiwei in Europe, with 4000sqm, displaying for the first time all of his most iconic work in the same space and at the same time, while presenting four new pieces produced exclusively in Portugal.
Ai Weiwei – Rapture gathers 85 works, including large-, medium- and small-scale installations and sculptures, as well as videos/films and photos. The exhibition is curated by the Brazilian Marcello Dantas, creator of a series of major exhibitions by the artist in Latin America in recent years.

INFORMATION
Monday to Friday:
Adults – 13€
Children (4 to 15 years old) – 6€
Students (16 to 25 years old) – 10€
Family I (2 adults + 1 child up to 15 years old) – 29€
Family II (2 adults + 2 children up to 15 years old) – 32€
Senior (+ 65 years old) – 10€

 

Saturdays, sundays and holidays:
Adults – 15€
Children (4 to 15 years old) – 7€
Students (16 to 25 years old) – 11€
Family I
(2 adults + 1 child up to 15 years old) – 33€
Family II
(2 adults + 2 children up to 15 years old) – 36€
Senior
(+65 years old) – 12€

 

FÃ PACK FNAC
PACK HOTEL DOM PEDRO

There are lockers at the entrance to the exhibition, with a cost of €1 each. It is not allowed to enter the exhibition with: food, drink, cars or baby chairs, large backpacks, suitcases, helmets, bicycles, roller skates, or any other means of transport with wheels. These objects must be placed inside each locker, however small backpacks are allowed.

Food and drink are not allowed in the exhibition.

The average visit time is approximately one and a half hour. Check our timetables to plan your visit with enough time to see it all.

It is allowed to take photographs or videos for personal and non-commercial purposes. Make sure you have the flash turned off so as not to disturb other visitors. The use of tripods, monopods or selfie-sticks inside the exhibition are prohibited. Share your photos and videos with us with #AiWeiweiLisboa.

Every day from
10:30am to 7:30pm

Last entry:
1 hour before closing doors.

Children up to three years old can enter the exhibition free of charge, by simply presenting the child’s identification at the ticket office when purchasing the remaining tickets. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, family member or guardian.

At the end of the exhibition you will find a store with a wide variety of products related to the exhibition.

The exhibition is accessible to people with reduced mobility and the use of wheelchairs.

In order to guarantee the most pleasant visit to all visitors, access to the exhibition is organized in slots every half hour. It is necessary to select a day and time when purchasing the ticket, however, once you access the exhibition, you can stay as long as you consider necessary to make the most of the exhibition. The average visit time is an hour and a half.

In this case, we will do our best to get you in at the following time, always available depending on the availability of the room’s capacity. We recommend punctuality.
CONTACTS

There are several parking areas in the vicinity, the closest car park is the public car park on R. da Junqueira.

Public transport is an excellent option:

Subway: Cais do Sodré – train or bus transfer Carris > Belém
Buses: 15E, 728
Train: Belém Station

For matters related to the press it is necessary to contact press@aiweiweilisboa.pt

If you have any questions about the exhibition, tickets or wish to make group reservations, please contact us via email: info@aiweiweilisboa.pt