Ai Weiwei LEGO Collection Point
on Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Through Sunday, November 22
During regular museum hours
In conjunction with the Brooklyn Museum, the Des Moines Art Center will be collecting public donations of LEGOs for artist Ai Weiwei during regular museum hours through Sunday, November 22.
Ai's work focuses largely on social and political issues, specifically freedom of expression. On October 23, he posted on Instagram: "In September LEGO refused Ai Weiwei Studio's request for a bulk order of LEGOs to create artwork to be shown at the National Gallery of Victoria as they 'cannot approve the use of LEGOs for political works.'" The public response to this news was enormous with thousands of supporters from all over the world offering to donate their used LEGOs to the artist.
In response, Ai posted that he planned to create a new piece that would "defend freedom of speech and ‘political art.’” Along with the Brooklyn Museum, other institutions from around the world have set up collection points, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlin; Royal Academy, London; Kunsthal Charlottenberg, Copenhagen; and Contemporary Art Center, Málaga, Spain.
Please bring your donated LEGOs to the Art Center's front desk during regular museum hours for drop off.
Donations may also be made by mail to the Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York, 11238. The museum also asks that packages be marked "c/o AWW LEGO Collection."