Internationally renowned artist, Ai Weiwei, takes over IWM London’s iconic atrium with a new artwork.
Be immersed in this site-specific artwork, as the atrium is given in its entirety to an artist for the first time in the history of the building.
Exploring international migration, conflict as a root cause of human flow, and the relationship between the individual, society and the state, History of Bombs draws on the artist’s ongoing investigation into politics and power.
Ai Weiwei on History of Bombs:
‘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.
This is the first time the work has been presented in such a unique museum. The space allows for a total viewing, experiencing and understanding of human behaviour today, and perhaps the future as well.’