Ai Weiwei

In Search of Humanity


This book is not yet published, but will be available from October 2022.

ISBN: 9783777438641 Category:


Ai Weiwei is not only one of the most important contemporary artists; he is also an untiring activist and critic of authoritarian systems. “Humanity” includes key works from all phases of the artist’s career and examines in detail the aspect of humanity and artistic responsibility in the oeuvre of Ai Weiwei.

The catalogue sheds light on concepts such as surveillance, censorship, human rights, freedom of expression, human displacement, radical responsibility, the power of beauty, and the truth of poetry. Guided by these thoughts, it offers new perspectives to understand the relevance of Ai Weiwei’s artistic language. It will encompass a wide range of art-historical paradigms (such as the readymade) alongside more radical activist strategies, all aimed at exploring the extremes of the contemporary human condition on a global scale.

Exhibition details: Abertina Modern, Mar 13 – June 26, 2022

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 24 x 30 cm
Publisher name Hirmer Verlag GmbH
Publication date 20 October 2022
Number of pages 336
Format Hardback
Contributors Contributions by D. Buchhart, R. Buergel, E. Lahner, and J. Tancock
Dimensions 24 x 30 cm
Weight 300 g


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Dieter Buchhart is a curator and art theorist based in Vienna. He has PhD degrees in art history and restoration (science). He is the curator of many exhibitions in renowned international museums and art spaces.

Elsy Lahner is a curator of contemporary art at the Albertina, Vienna, and cofounder of Das Weisse Haus, a residence and studio program for local and international artists, curators, and theorists.

Klaus Albrecht Schröder is an Austrian art historian and the director of the Albertina, Vienna.