650,000-piece LEGO mosaic will be on display in Ai Weiwei’s latest exhibition

Ai Weiwei’s massive LEGO mosaic of Claude Monet’s Water Lilies 1914-26 using 650,000 pieces will soon go on display, spanning a full wall.

Chinese artist, documentarian and activist Ai Weiwei’s latest exhibition will soon start at The Design Museum in Kensington, London, including a huge LEGO mosaic recreating an iconic piece of artwork. 

Based on Claude Monet’s Water Lilies 1914-26, which is currently on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Ai Weiwei’s artwork will be featured in the Making Sense exhibition held from April 7 to July 30, 2023. 

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Image: © Ela Bialkowska/OKNO studio via The Design Museum

“This is an exhibition focussed on a very specific concept: design,” said Ai Weiwei. “I had to think about how we use the space in the Design Museum as a whole, and the exhibition offers a rich experience of what design is, and how design relates to our past and to our current situation.” 

The mosaic is over 15 metres in length and will reportedly span an entire wall of the gallery. There are 22 colours of pieces with nearly 650,000 used in total.  

The exhibition’s official page teases other artwork that will be on display for a limited time at the Design Museum. The website states and advises that tickets should be booked in advance with a guide to pricing available online. 

An early preview of the exhibition with Ai Weiwei in attendance will be held on April 6 but tickets to this event have now sold out. 

Featured image: © Ela Bialkowska/OKNO studio via The Design Museum

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