Grand Reopening September 26–28

Posted by Kemper Art Museum May 24, 2019

Join us for the Museum's grand reopening and debut exhibition Ai Weiwei: Bare Life, September 26–28!

Celebrate the expanded and renovated Kemper Art Museum with special events for members, the Washington University community, and the public. 

Experience new and reconfigured galleries and new commissions by acclaimed artists Tomás Saraceno and Dan Graham. And view artworks created over the last two decades by Chinese dissident artist and activist Ai Weiwei, one of the most important artists and humanitarian voices of our time.


Bunny and Charles Burson Visiting Artist Lecture: Q&A with Ai Weiwei
5:30p | 560 Music Center (live event) and Edison Theatre (livestream remote viewing)
Renowned artist Ai Weiwei joins Sabine Eckmann, William T. Kemper Director and Chief Curator, for a conversation on Ai’s wide-ranging and critical practice. 

Free and open to the public; tickets required (limit 2). Live event is sold out, but tickets are available to the livestreamed remote viewing. Details here >> 

Exhibition Preview and Reception for Kemper Circle Fellows and Benefactors
7p | Kemper Art Museum
Kemper Circle Fellows and Benefactors (members at $2,500 and above) and a guest are invited to an exclusive preview of the expanded Museum and debut exhibition Ai Weiwei: Bare Life, featuring a reception with Ai and priority reserved seating at the artist Q&A. Invitations will be mailed. Find out more about the Kemper Circle and how to join here >>


Member and WashU Community Preview
5–9p | Kemper Art Museum
Museum members and Washington University students, staff, and faculty are invited to this special preview of Ai Weiwei: Bare Life and the reinstallation of the Museum's collection.


Public Opening and Celebration
11a–5p | Kemper Art Museum
Celebrate the opening of Ai Weiwei: Bare Life and the reopening of the expanded and renovated Kemper Art Museum.




Image credit

Ai Weiwei (Chinese, b. 1957), Forever Bicycles, 2011. Installation view, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, 2011. Courtesy of Ai Weiwei Studio.