Enter the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence and see installations by Ai Weiwei on a 1.5-hour guided tour of Italy’s first major retrospective dedicated to one of the world’s most influential contemporary artists. Get explanations from an art historian guide.
What to Expect
Known worldwide for his challenging contemporary art and political activism, Ai Weiwei is the first artist to exhibit across the entirety of the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. Look at a series of new and major works, from the façade of the historic building, to its courtyard, piano nobile and Strozzina gallery.
Mirroring the artist’s relationship between tradition and modernity, key works will be hung in response to the architecture of the 15th-century Palazzo Strozzi, itself built as a political statement and considered to embody the history of Florence.
See key installations, sculptures and objects, as well as videos and photography produced throughout Ai Wewei's career. These range from his years living in New York in the 1980s and ’90s when he discovered Andy Warhol and Marcel Duchamp, to the large iconic works of the early 2000s consisting of objects such as bicycles and stools. Look at his recent controversial art, such as portraits of political dissidents built with LEGO bricks, and his projects on migration in the Mediterranean.
Over the past 20 years, Ai Weiwei has become a leading voice on the international art scene and China’s most famous living artist. Known for his meticulous research, he has also become a symbol of resistance against censorship. Get the opportunity to explore his creative genius and understand his personal narrative, along with critical insights into his ambiguous relations with his native China.
- Admission ticket
- Skip-the-line privileges
- Headsets to hear your guide clearly (for large groups)
- Professional art historian guide
- 1.5 hour guided tour
Meet your guide at the main entrance of the Palazzo Strozzi, Via Tornabuoni, Florence. Please arrive by 10:40.
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