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.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China," December 9, 2013–April 6, 2014.