Ai Weiwei @ Seattle Art Museum

A legendary show ⚱️💥

📸: “Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn (Edition 4 of 8)” | Courtesy Ai Weiwei Studio

📆 Wednesday, March 12th, 2025 – Sunday, September 7th, 2025
📍 Seattle Art Museum: 1300 1st Ave
, Seattle

Famed Chinese artist and provocateur Ai Weiwei will debut his first US major retrospective in over a decade at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) next March. Titled Ai, Rebel: The Art and Activism of Ai Weiwei, this will be Ai Weiwei’s first solo show in Seattle. SAM also says it will be his largest exhibition ever held in the United States.

Known for his conceptual art that often challenges political authoritarianism, Ai Weiwei is one of the world’s most recognized artists. The show at SAM will include over 100 works created across four decades, from the 1980s to the 2020s. In anticipation of large crowds, SAM has booked an extended run of six months for this exhibition.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to exhibit my artworks at the Seattle Art Museum, an occasion I have eagerly anticipated,” Ai Wewei said in a statement announcing the exhibition. “This collaboration provides a wonderful chance to reconnect and exchange ideas with audiences in the United States, an opportunity that has been long overdue. Over the past decades, my artistic and design endeavors have spanned a broad spectrum. I regard art as my life, and my life is deeply intertwined with my artistic expression, encompassing both traditional and non-traditional ways. Living in today’s world, having the opportunity to convey the complexities and profundities of our era through an artist’s perspective is a privilege I deeply cherish. I am looking forward to this exhibition, which I hope will spark both interest and thoughtful reflection among the attendees.”

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Chase Burns

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