Ai Weiwei History of Bombs

Image credit: © IWM Ai Weiwei’s new commission History of Bombs forms part of IWM’s Refugees season and will be on display at IWM London from 1 August 2020 – 24 May 2021

Ai Weiwei History of Bombs

Imperial War Museum, Lambeth

Wednesday 19 August - Monday 24 May


Lambeth Rd, London SE1 6HZ, UK

free with ticket

Chinese activist and artist Ai Weiwei takes over the entire atrium of the Imperial War Museum with a study of the progression of bomb design and destructiveness.

The artist says:

‘History of Bombs is about the essential facts of our modern history, which have not been shown all in one space to the public. The work focuses on our human capacity for destruction; how we attempt to solve political, religious, and economic crises through the use of explosives, which is against any humanity and rationality. Today, we have many more bombs with unthinkably destructive power, capable of reducing civilization to dust and smoke.'

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