Summer at the NGV: Andy Warhol/Ai Weiwei

Past subject

Andy Warhol photograph
© Steven Schapiro

VPA3NG1 - Semester: Summer 3 

The National Gallery of Victoria in partnership with La Trobe University is presenting the summer subject, Art Now: Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei.

What you'll learn

Art Now focuses on the exhibition of Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei developed by the NGV and The Andy Warhol Museum, with the participation of Ai Weiwei. The exhibition explores the significant influence of these two exemplary artists on modern art and contemporary life, focussing on the parallels and intersections between the two artists' practices. 

Surveying the scope of both artists' careers, the NGV exhibition will present over 300 works including major new commissions, immersive installations and a wide representation of painting, sculpture, film, photography, publishing and social media.

Ai Weiwei photograph
© Gao Yuan

This subject will explore themes such as:

  • the Artists persona and the studio
  • a tale of two cities, New York and Beijing
  • Art and Activism
  • Tradition and Modernity
  • Fame, celebrity and the media.

The subject runs over 6 days in February 2016. The subject is taught by senior curators and Education Officers at the NGV, and academic staff from the La Trobe Art Institute and the Department of Creative Arts & English, and guest lecturers.

About the Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei exhibition

A suite of major commissions by Ai Weiwei will be premiered and presented alongside key works from the past four decades. It will present the most comprehensive representation of the artist's work in Australia to date.

Over 200 of Warhol's most celebrated works will be featured, including paintings and silk-screens such as Campbell's Soup, Electric Chair, Mao, Elvis, Flowers and celebrity portraits, sculpture and installation, and an extensive selection of film, music and publishing - including previously unseen work.

The exhibition will also bring together a wide range of photography including over 500 Polaroids documenting Warhol's friends, colleagues, artistic and social milieu.

Warhol created work dealing with consumer society, fame and society, media and advertising, politics and capital. Ai Weiwei's work addresses global issues including questions around human rights, freedom of expression, role of individual and state.
Both artists are well known for their documentation of their times from Warhol's Factory days and studio production of silk screens to Weiwei's social activism about contemporary China.

Subject information

When and where

When: 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 February 2016.

Where: National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006.


All attendees who complete and pass the assessment component of the subject will receive accreditation towards their degree (current students) or receive an academic transcript from La Trobe University (non-university students).

Attendees who do not wish to sit for assessment can enrol in the non-accredited subject. These students will receive a certificate of participation which may be used to demonstrate continuing professional development.