'It's a challenge'

'It's a challenge'

Ai Weiwei took over over IWM London’s iconic atrium with his artwork, History of Bombs.  The piece covered the floor of the atrium and the exterior of the central staircase, with visitors invited to walk across and explore the artwork up close. It was the first time in history that the atrium has been given over in its entirety to an artist. In this interview, Ai Weiwei he discusses how he developed an idea to fill this huge space and how the work explores the destructive power of bombs.

History of Bombs

© IWM, Ai Weiwei, History of Bombs 2020
© IWM, Ai Weiwei, History of Bombs 2020

History of Bombs

History of Bombs was part of Refugees, a free season of exhibitions, artistic commissions and immersive events taking place across IWM London and IWM North. Unlocking the personal stories of people who have been forced to flee their homes and those who work to support and care for them, Refugees gives us the space to consider our own responses to similar experiences and dilemmas.

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Gifts
History of Bombs Tote
£15

This black tote bag with gusset featuring the exclusively designed Ai Weiwei History of Bombs artwork on one side is made from canvas cotton and is printed in the UK.

Gifts
Ai Weiwei Bombs Limited Edition Poster
£200

A limited edition print of the full History of Bombs artwork by Ai Weiwei. It is matt printed and includes a signed certificate of authenticity. It comes pre rolled in a card poster tube.