His work has been exhibited at some of the world’s most prestigious art institutions – the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in New York, in Qatar, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Rio de Janeiro and Venice – and now, Australians can see for themselves the very exciting contemporary art of Cai Guo Qiang, presented by Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art.
‘Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth’, the artist’s first solo exhibition in Australia, will be at GOMA from November 23, 2013 to May 11, 2014.
Tweens to teens will marvel at this awesome exhibition and can also learn about the artist and participate in Cai Guo-Qiang’s exciting working methods to create their own exhibition – making objects in miniature gallery spaces and creating spectacular multimedia gunpowder drawings and fireworks events.
Watch a short film written by Cai Guo-Qiang about art and adventure!
‘Falling Back to Earth’ features three major installations, including two newly commissioned works directly inspired by the landscapes of southeast Queensland, which the artist visited in 2011.
Heritage 2013 is an installation of 99 replicas of animals from around the world, including pandas, tigers, bears, giraffes and kangaroos, all drinking together from a lake surrounded by white sand that evokes the islands of Brisbane’s Moreton Bay.
Eucalyptus 2013 features an enormous tree extending along GOMA’s central Long Gallery, inspired by the ancient trees of Lamington National Park in South East Queensland.
One of Cai’s signature works, Head On 2006 – 99 life-size wolf sculptures leaping en masse into the air and colliding with a glass wall – is appearing in Australia for the first time.