Exhibitions/ Art Object

Han Jar Overpainted with Coca-Cola Logo

Artist:
Ai Weiwei (Chinese, born Beijing, 1957)
Date:
1995
Culture:
China
Medium:
Earthenware, paint
Dimensions:
H. 9 7/8 in. (25 cm); Diam. 11 in. (28 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Lent by M+ Sigg Collection, Hong Kong
Rights and Reproduction:
© Ai Weiwei
Not on view
By branding a Western Han dynasty (206 B.C–A.D. 9) jar with the Coca-Cola logo—the quintessential emblem of global consumerism—Ai provokes viewers to recognize how China’s engagement with the West has had both destructive and creative consequences.
Acquired directly from the artist in 1995 by Uli Sigg, a Swiss private collector. Donated to the M+ Museum of Visual Culture in 2012.