Ai Weiwei, Sunflower Seed, 2024
Ai Weiwei, Sunflower Seed, 2024
Ai Weiwei, Sunflower Seed, 2024
Ai Weiwei, Sunflower Seed, 2024
Ai Weiwei, Sunflower Seed, 2024
Ai Weiwei, Sunflower Seed, 2024
Ai Weiwei, Sunflower Seed, 2024
Ai Weiwei, Sunflower Seed, 2024

Ai Weiwei, Sunflower Seed, 2024

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By Ai Weiwei
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Please note that editions 31 - 40 are available for pre-order, for delivery from Monday 29 April.

Ai Weiwei has generously produced Sunflower Seed, 2024, a limited edition artwork in support of Tate.

Ai’s limited edition for Tate references his seminal Unilever Series commission, Sunflower Seeds, 2010, for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. The commission consisted of over 100 million intricately hand-crafted porcelain sunflower seed husks that together formed a single unique surface. The porcelain sunflower seeds were sculpted and painted by specialists in small-scale workshops in the Chinese city of Jingdezhen. Rather than being machine produced, the artwork was the effort of 1600 artisans over two years.

For Ai’s limited edition, Sunflower Seed, 2024, an image of a single sunflower seed has been assembled by hand using children’s toy bricks. Ai has been exploring the medium of toy bricks since 2014 with his work, Trace, to more recent works such as Water Lilies #1, 2023. Ai believes that the process of slowing down and assembling by hand, whether making a porcelain sculpture of a sunflower seed or an image of a sunflower seed from individual toy bricks, is important in today's fast paced and technology-oriented world. The limited edition, much like the Turbine Hall commission, is a reflection on each piece being a part of the whole, a commentary on the relationship between the individual and the masses.

Each artwork is accompanied by a signed and numbered certificate. Prices of the artwork are liable to change. As a limited edition sells out, prices of the artwork are subject to increase and the price will be clearly indicated.

About the artist

Widely considered to be one of the most significant cultural figures of his generation, Ai Weiwei (b. 1957, Beijing, China) successfully occupies multiple roles as a conceptual artist, architect, curator, designer, film-maker, publisher and activist. Using a variety of formal languages with both traditional and innovative methods of production, Ai links the past with the present and explores the geopolitical, economic and cultural realities affecting the world with humour and compassion.

Recent solo exhibitions include Pilane Sculpture Park, Sweden (2023); Design Museum, London, UK (2023); Albertina Modern, Vienna, Austria (2022); Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK (2022); National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea (MMCA), Seoul, Korea (2021); Serralves Foundation, Porto, Portugal (2021); Corodoaria Nacional, Lisbon, Portugal (2021); K20/K21, Düsseldorf, Germany (2019); Corpartes, Santiago, Chile (2018); Mucem, Marseille, France (2018). Architectural collaborations include the 2012 Serpentine Pavilion and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Stadium, with Herzog and de Meuron. Selected awards and honours include Praemium Imperiale for sculpture from the Japan Art Association in Tokyo (2022); The Lifetime Achievement Award, Chinese Contemporary Art Awards (2008); Honorary Academician, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK (2011). His human rights work has been recognised through the Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent in 2012 and Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award in 2015. He lives and works in multiple locations, including Beijing, China, Berlin, Germany, Cambridge, UK, and Lisbon, Portugal.

Photo on lid of box © Tate (Marcus Leith and Andrew Dunkley)
  • Artist Ai Weiwei
  • Artwork Sunflower Seed
  • Dimensions 38 x 38 cm
  • Material Children’s toy bricks on baseplate in bespoke box.
  • Edition Edition of 100, accompanied by a signed and numbered certificate
  • Date of work 2024
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Here’s more information on refunds & returns.

Delivery & returns

Delivery times

We aim to deliver shop products within:

UK – 1-2 weeks

European Union – 2-4 weeks

Rest of world – 2-4 weeks


Neon lights will be delivered in 2-4 weeks, as they are made in small batches and shipped separately from other items.

Delivery costs

We currently offer free standard delivery on UK orders over £60. Please note that this is offer is valid only online. Our other delivery costs are as follows.

For orders under £60:

UK – £3.60 per order

European Union – £15 per order

Rest of world (including non-EU European countries) – £28 per order

Limited editions

Due to the nature of our Limited Edition artworks, Tate offers rates for packaging materials to sufficiently protect the works and a fully insured, door-to-door courier service, for both UK and international shipping.

UK – FREE
USA & Canada – £80 each
European Union – £120 each
Rest of world (including non-EU European countries) – £150 each
 
 

Rugs

Rugs are dispatched directly from the Christopher Farr workshop, so they will arrive separately from any other items ordered from Tate Shop.

UK – £50 per order

For international shipping enquiries, please contact us at shop@tate.org.uk for quotes on delivery to selected countries.

 

Goldfinger + Tate furniture

As each item of furniture is made to order, delivery takes 12-14 weeks, and will arrive separately to any other items in your Tate Shop order.

UK – £150 per order using a specialist white-glove delivery service. An access check can be arranged for £80.
 

Food & Wine

Our collection of food and wine is only available for delivery in the UK. We currently offer free delivery on wine orders over £100, using a specialist white glove service within the M25 area.

Wine: UK only – £20 per order

Please note that our wines can only be purchased by those aged 18 years and over. Customers will be asked to provide proof of age upon delivery.

Here’s more information on delivery.

Refunds & returns

Please contact our customer service team within 45 days if you need to return anything from your order. We will be happy to offer you a full refund, replacement or exchange on any items excluding custom prints, Goldfinger + Tate furniture, face coverings and pierced earrings. We cannot cover the cost of returning the items, unless we've made a mistake or they are faulty.

Unfortunately, after 14 working days we cannot refund the delivery charge on your order. You can contact our customer service team by email at shop@tate.org.uk or by phone on +44 (0)20 7887 8888 (Monday – Friday, 10.30 –17.00).

Here’s more information on refunds & returns.