The moment has finally arrived. Ai Weiwei's new exhibition "Ai Weiwei: According to What?" opens at the Hirshhorn Museum on October 7th, and it's the first North American survey of his work. The exhibition includes his sculpture, photography, installation, video, and audio work, many of which was present in the 2009 version of the show at Mori Art Museum in Tokyo.
In total, the exhibit occupies the fill circuit of second-level galleries and spaces on the third level of the museum. The museum simulatenously hosts Barbara Kruger's Belief+Doubt installation on the bottom floor, in addition to "Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads," a 12-part sculptural suite around the perimeter of the museum's plaza fountain.
In the words of the exhibition’s curator, Mami Kataoka, “Ai brings our minds and our very being back to a fundamental way of thinking...One common thread running through his work is that it forces us to face the basic, existential question of ‘According to what?’”
Visit the exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum from October 7, 2012 through February 24, 2013.