Born December 8, 1957 Quanzhou, Fujian, China

Lives and works in New York


Cai Guo-Qiang’s Painting, Office of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, Tokyo, May 18–June 16.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Gunpowder Art, Kigoma, Tokyo, Aug. 9–21.

1989 Explosions and Space Holes: Cai Guo-Qiang, Kigoma, Tokyo, Mar. 5–17.
1990 Cai Guo-Qiang: Works 1988/89, Osaka Contemporary Art Center, Feb. 5–10.
1991 Primeval Fireball: The Project for Projects, P3 art and environment, Tokyo, Feb. 26–Apr. 20. Exh. cat.
1992 Wailing Wall: From the Engine of Four Hundred Cars, IBM Kawasaki City Gallery, Kanagawa, Oct. 15–26.

Cai Guo-Qiang, Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum, (now Benesse House), Naoshima, Apr.–July.

Long Mai: The Dragon Meridian, P3 art and environment, Tokyo, Jan. 22–Mar. 20.


Cai Guo-Qiang: Calendar of Life, Gallery APA, Nagoya, Jan. 7–30. Exh. cat.

Cai Guo-Qiang: From the Pan-Pacific, Iwaki City Art Museum, Fukushima, Mar. 6–31. Exh. cat.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Concerning Flame, Tokyo Gallery, May 9–28.

Chaos: Cai Guo-Qiang, Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Sept. 20–Nov. 3. Exh. cat.


Cai Guo-Qiang: Flying Dragon in the Heavens, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark, Mar. 8–Apr. 27. Exh. cat.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Cultural Melting Bath: Projects for the 20th Century, Queens Museum of Art, New York, Aug. 1–Oct. 26. Exh. cat.

1998 Day Dreaming: Cai Guo-Qiang, Eslite Gallery (Cherng Piin), Taipei, May 30–June 21. Exh. cat.
1999 Cai Guo-Qiang: I Am the Y2K Bug, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Nov. 4, 1999–Feb. 27, 2000. Exh. cat.
2000 Cai Guo-Qiang, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, Apr. 5–May 28. Exh. cat.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Performing Chinese Ink Painting, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Vancouver, July 28–Sept. 23.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Impression Oil Drawings, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, Aug. 3–Sept. 23.

Cai Guo-Qiang: An Arbitrary History, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, Oct. 31, 2001–Jan. 6, 2002. Exh. cat. Traveled to S.M.A.K. (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst), Ghent, Mar. 29–June 1, 2003.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Iwaki Ninety-Nine Pagodas, Gallery Iwaki, Fukushima, Aug.18-28. Exh. cat.


Cai Guo-Qiang, Shanghai Art Museum, Feb. 1–Mar. 1. Exh. cat.

Cai Guo-Qiang’s CHADO Pavilion: Homage to Tenshin Okakura, Hakone Open-Air Museum, May 25–Sept. 23. Exh. cat.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Ethereal Flowers, Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trento, Sept. 7–Nov. 24. Exh. cat.


Cai Guo-Qiang: For Your Pleasure Matrix 204, Berkeley Art Museum, University of California, Apr. 22–Aug. 3.

Cai Guo-Qiang: An Explosion Event: Light Cycle Over Central Park, Asia Society Museum, New York, Sept. 9–Dec. 14. Exh. cat.


Cai Guo-Qiang: Traveler, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Oct. 30, 2004–Apr. 24, 2005.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Inopportune, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, Dec. 12, 2004–Oct. 30, 2005. Exh. cat.


Cai Guo-Qiang: On Black Fireworks, Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, May 20–June 12. Exh. cat.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Paradise, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, June 17–Aug. 28. Exh. cat.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Life Beneath the Shadow, Fruitmarket Gallery, and Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, July 30–Sept. 25 (at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery through Sept. 11. Exh. cat.


Cai Guo-Qiang: Inopportune, SITE Santa Fe (organized by the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams), Jan. 21–Mar. 26.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Stage, San Gimignano Mountain and Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Mar. 25–Apr. 29.

Cai Guo-Qiang on the Roof: Transparent Monument, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Apr. 25–Oct. 29. Exh. cat.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Long Scroll, Shawinigan Space, National Gallery of Canada, Quebec (organized in collaboration with the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams), June 10–Oct. 1. Exh. cat.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Head On, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (organized by the Deutsche Bank Collection), Aug. 26–Oct. 15. Exh. cat.

Captured Wind Arrested Shadow: Cai Guo-Qiang and Lin Hwai-min’s Wind Shadow, Eslite Gallery (Cherng Piin), Taipei, Nov. 22–Dec. 10. Exh. cat.


Cai Guo-Qiang: Inopportune: Stage One, Seattle Art Museum, semi-permanent installation, opened May 5, 2007.

Light Passage: Cai Guo-Qiang & Shiseido, Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, June 23–Aug. 12. Exh. cat.


I Want to Believe, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, February 22–May 28; Traveled to National Art Museum of China, Beijing, Aug. 19–Sept. 2. Exh. cat.

The 7th Hiroshima Prize, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Oct. 25, 2008–Jan. 12, 2009. Exh. cat.


Cai Guo-Qiang: Hanging Out in the Museum, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Nov. 21, 2009–Feb. 21, 2010. Exh. cat.

Fallen Blossoms, Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Dec. 11, 2009–Mar. 21, 2010 (at The Fabric Workshop and Museum through March 22, 2010; at the Philadelphia Museum of Art through March 1, 2010). Exh. cat.


Cai Guo-Qiang: Peasant da Vincis, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, May 4–Jul. 25. Exh. cat.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Travels in the Mediterranean, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Nice, Jun. 11, 2010–Jan. 9, 2011. Exh. cat.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Head On, National Museum of Singapore (organized by the Deutsche Bank Collection), Jul. 2–Aug. 31.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Odyssey, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, permanent gunpowder drawing installation in the Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Arts of China Gallery, opened Oct. 17, 2010.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Sunshine and Solitude, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Dec. 1, 2010-Mar. 27, 2011. Exh. cat.


Cai Guo-Qiang—1040M Underground, IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Intiatives, Donetsk, Aug. 27–Nov. 13. Exh. cat.

Move Along, Nothing to See Here, Brown University Cohen Gallery, Providence, Sept 14–Oct. 28.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Saraab, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Dec. 5, 2011–May 26, 2012. Exh. cat.


Cai Guo-Qiang: Sky Ladder, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), Apr. 8–Sept. 3. Exh. cat.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Spring, Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, Apr. 20–Jun. 3. Exh. cat.

A Clan of Boats, Faurschou Foundation, Copenhagen, Sept. 6–Dec. 7.  Exh. cat.


Cai Guo-Qiang: Da Vincis do Povo, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil and Museu dos Correios, Brasilia, Feb. 5-Mar. 31. Traveled to Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil and Museu dos Correios, São Paulo, Apr. 21-Jun 30, and Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil and Centro Cultural Correios Rio de Janeiro, Aug. 6–Sept. 22.

Falling Back to Earth, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Nov. 23–May 12. Exh. cat.


Cai Guo-Qiang: Moving Ghost Town, Aspen Art Museum, Colorado, Aug. 9-Oct. 5. Exh. cat.

Cai Guo-Qiang: The Ninth Wave, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, Aug. 8-Oct. 2. Exh. cat.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Impromptu, Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dec. 13, 2014-March 8, 2015. Exh. cat.


Cai Guo-Qiang: Unmanned Nature, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom, Feb. 14-Jun. 21.

GMoCA (Green Museum of Contemporary Art), Romerillo Organic Museum, Havanna, May 22–Jun 22.

Cai Guo-Qiang: There and Back Again, Yokohama Museum of Art, July 11–October 18. Exh. cat.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Penglai / Hōrai, Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, KINARE, Niigata, July 25–September 13, 2015.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Peasant da Vincis, Museo della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, Milan, September 10, 2015–January 6, 2016.

2016 Cai Guo-Qiang: My Stories of Painting, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, Sept. 30, 2016-May 1, 2017.

Cai Guo-Qiang: October, Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Sept. 12–Nov. 12. Exh. cat.

The Spirit of Painting. Cai Guo-Qiang at the Prado, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, Oct. 25–March 4, 2018. Exh. cat.

2018 Flora Commedia: Cai Guo-Qiang at the Uffizi, The Uffizi Galleries, Florence, Nov. 20, 2018–Feb. 17, 2019. Exh. cat.

In the Volcano: Cai Guo-Qiang and Pompeii, National Archaeological Museum of Naples, Feb. 23–May 20, 2019. Exh. cat.

Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, May 24–October 13, 2019. Exh. cat.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Cuyahoga River Lightning, The Cleveland Museum of Art, May 25–September 22, 2019. Exh. cat.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Gunpowder Art, Ashmolean Museum, October 25, 2019–April 19, 2020. Exh. cat.

2020 Odyssey and Homecoming, Palace Museum, Beijing, December 15, 2020–Februrary 28, 2021. Exh cat.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Odyssey and Homecoming, Museum of Art Pudong (MAP), Shanghai, July 8, 2021–March 7, 2022. Exh cat.


Cai Guo-Qiang and Hong Hong Wu: Paintings, Quanzhou Art Gallery.

The Shanghai and Fujian Youth Modern Art Joint Exhibition, Fuzhou City Museum, June 15–25.

The Jinjiang Area Youths’ Oil Paintings Exhibition, Jinjiang, Quanzhou, Oct. Exh. cat.

1987 55th Memorial Exhibition of Dokuritsu Art Association, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.

16th International Modern Art AU Show, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.

89 Tama River Fussa Outdoor Art Exhibition, Fussa Minami Park and Kumagawa Shrine, Fussa, Tokyo, Nov. 3–19. Exh. cat.


Chine demain pour hier, Pourrières, Aix-en-Provence, July 7–31. Exh. cat.

Museum City Tenjin ’90: Circulation of Sensibility: Visual City, Functioning Art, Fukuoka City Hall and Nagahama Port, Fukuoka, Sept. 17–Nov. 4. Exh. cat.

The 7th Japan Ushimado International Art Festival, Ushimado, Okayama, Nov. 2–4. Exh. cat.


Asian Wave: China, Tokyo Gallery, Mar. 11–23.

Exceptional Passage: Chinese Avant-Garde Artists Exhibition, Mitsubishi-jisho Artium and Kashii former train yard, Fukuoka (organized by Museum City Project, Fukuoka), Aug. 29–Sept. 30. Exh. cat.


Encountering the Others: The Kassel International Art Exhibition, various sites, Hannover-Münden and Kassel, June. Exh. cat.

Looking for Tree of Life: A Journey to Asian Contemporary Art, Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, June 20–Aug. 2. Exh. cat.

Das Kunstwerk im Zeitalter seiner Telekommunizierbarkeit, Transformator–Verein zur Förderung aktueller Kunst, St. Veit/Glan, June 26. Exh. cat.


Silent Energy, Museum of Modern Art Oxford (now Modern Art Oxford), June 27–Aug. 29. Exh. cat.

Outdoor Workshop ’93, Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shiga Prefecture, Oct. 21–31. Exh. cat.


Promenade in Asia, Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, Jan. 26–Feb. 12. Exh. cat.

Making New Kyoto ’94, Kyoto City Hall (organized by the city of Kyoto), Mar. 13–27.

Mito Annual ’94: Open System, Art Tower Mito Contemporary Art Center, Apr. 2–May 29. Exh. cat.

Well-Spring, Bath Festival Exhibition, May 19–June 26. Exh. cat.

Creativity in Asian Art Now, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Sept. 18–Nov. 6. Exh. cat.

Heart of Darkness, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Dec. 18, 1994–Mar. 27, 1995. Exh. cat.


The Ever-Changing, Drifting Heat: The First Johannesburg Biennale, Electric Workshop, Johannesburg, Feb. 28–Apr. 30. Exh. cat.

Art in Japan Today 1985–1995, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Mar. 19–May 21. Exh. cat.

TransCulture, 46th Venice Biennale, Palazzo Giustinian Lolin, June 11–Sept. 4. Exh. cat.

Ripple Across the Water, Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Sept. 2–Oct. 1. Exh. cat.

Contemplation, Ho-Am Museum, Seoul, Sept. 26–Oct. 20. Exh. cat.


In the Ruins of the Twentieth Century. Twentieth Annual International Studio Artists Exhibition OFF-SITE, P.S.1 The Institute for Contemporary Art. Off-site: 80 Lafayette Street, New York, May 3–31. Exh. cat.

Between Earth and the Heavens: Aspects of Contemporary Japanese Art II, Nagoya City Art Museum, June 15–Aug. 25. Exh. cat. Traveled to Rufino Tamayo Art Museum, Mexico City, Dec. 10, 1996–Mar. 9, 1997.

Interzones: A Work in Progress, Kunstforeningen Copenhagen (now Gammel Strand), June 22—Aug.25. Exh. cat.

The Second Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane, Sept. 27, 1996–Jan. 19, 1997. Exh. cat.

23rd Bienal Internacional de São Paulo: Universalis, Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo, Parque do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, Oct. 6–Dec. 8. Exh. cat.

Origins and Myths of Fire: New Art from Japan, China and Korea, Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Oct. 12–Dec. 8. Exh. cat.

De Rode Poort (The Red Gate), Museum Van Hedendaagse Kunst Gent (now S.M.A.K. [Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst]), Nov. 9, 1996–Feb. 2, 1997. Exh. cat.

The Hugo Boss Prize 1996, Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York, Nov. 20, 1996–Jan. 19, 1997. Exh. cat.


Promenade in Asia II, Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, Jan. 17–Feb. 8. Exh. cat.

Performance Anxiety, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Apr. 17–July 6. Traveled to Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Sept. 13–Nov. 30; SITE Santa Fe, Mar. 1–May 25, 1998. Exh. cat.

Future, Past, Present47th Venice Biennale, Giardini di Castelo, Arsenale, Venice, June 15–Nov. 9. Exh. cat.

5th International Istanbul Biennial: On Life, Beauty, Translation, and Other Difficulties, various sites, Istanbul, Oct. 5–Nov. 9. Exh. cat.

Cities on the Move, Secession, Exhibition Hall for Contemporary Art, Vienna, Nov. 26, 1997–Jan. 18, 1998. Traveled to Museum of Contemporary Art, Bordeaux, June 4–30, 1998; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, Oct. 18, 1998–Jan. 3, 1999; Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma–Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, June 11–Sept. 1, 1999; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark, Jan. 29–Apr. 21, 1999; Hayward Gallery, London, May 13–June 27, 1999.  Exh. cat.


Wounds: Between Democracy and Redemption in Contemporary Art, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Feb. 14–Apr. 19. Exh. cat.

Where Heaven and Earth Meet, Center for Curatorial Studies Art Museum, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, May 10–24.

Part 1 La Ville, le Jardin, la Mémoire: La Ville, Académie de France à Rome, Villa Médicis, Rome, May 29–Aug. 30. Part 2La Ville, le Jardin, la Mémoire: la Mémoire, May 28–Aug. 29, 1999. Part 3 La Ville, le Jardin, la Mémoire: le Jardin, June 22–Sept. 24, 2000. Exh. cat.

Site of Desire: 1998 Taipei Biennial, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, June 13–Sept. 6. Exh. cat.

Global Vision: New Art from the 90’s Part II, Deste Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art, Athens, July 7–Nov. 7.

Crossings, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Aug. 7–Nov. 1. Exh. cat.

Inside Out: New Chinese Art, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York and Asia Society, New York (organized by Asia Society and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art), Sept. 15, 1998–Jan. 3, 1999. Traveled to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Feb. 26–June 1, 1999; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrery, July 9–Oct. 10, 1999; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma and Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Nov. 18, 1999–Mar. 7, 2000; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Jun. 3–Aug. 13, 2000. Exh. cat

Issey Miyake Making Things, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, Oct. 13, 1998–Feb. 28, 1999. Traveled to ACE Gallery, New York, Nov. 13, 1999–Feb. 29, 2000; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Apr. 29–Aug. 20, 2000. Exh. cat.
Remanence, Melbourne International Festival of the Arts, Oct. 15–Nov. 1. Exh. cat.


De Opening, S.M.A.K. (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst), Ghent, May 9–Dec. 5. Exh. cat.

Panorama 2000: Art in Utrecht Seen from the Dom Tower, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, June 5–Oct. 3. Exh. cat.

Aperto Over All, 48th Venice Biennale, Arsenale, Venice, June 13–Nov. 7. Exh. cat.

Looking for a Place: The Third International Biennial, SITE Santa Fe, July 10–Dec. 31. Exh. cat.

International Currents in Contemporary Art, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, July 24, 1999–Jan. 9, 2000.

Beyond the Future: The Third Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane, Sept. 9, 1999–Jan. 26, 2000. Exh. cat.

Kunst-Welten im Dialog (Art-Worlds in Dialogue), Museum Ludwig Köln, Cologne, Nov. 5, 1999–Mar. 19, 2000. Exh. cat.

Hiriya in the Museum: Artists’ and Architects’ Proposals for Rehabilitation of the Site, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Nov. 17, 1999–Mar. 20, 2000. Exh. cat.

Zeitwenden, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Dec. 4, 1999–June 4, 2000. Exh. cat. Traveled to Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wein, Vienna, July 5, 1999–Oct. 1, 2000. Exh. cat.


Gratitude, Taiwan Museum of Art, Taichung, one day event and exhibition, Jan. 15, 2000.

Outbound: Passages from the 90s, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Mar. 4–May 7. Exh. cat.

2000 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Mar. 23–June 4. Exh. cat.

Pioneers of Chinese Contemporary Art, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Mar. 30–June 27.

Over the Edges, S.M.A.K. (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst), Ghent, Apr. 1–June 30. Exh. cat.

Biennale of Sydney 2000, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, May 26–July 30. Exh. cat.

Erresistentziak / Resistencias (Acts of Resistance), Koldo Mitxelena Kulturunea Erakustaret, Donostia-San Sebastian, June 15–Sept. 15. Exh. cat.

Art UnlimitedArt 31 Basel, Art Basel, Messe Basel, June 21–26. Exh. cat.

Kunstwegen, various sites between Nordhorn, Germany, and Zwolle, the Netherlands (organized by Städtische Galerie Nordhorn), public art project, official opening June 24, 2000. Exh. cat.

Sharing Exoticisms. 5th Lyon Biennale d’art contemporain, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, June 27–Sept. 24. Exh. cat.

The Quiet in the Land: Everyday Life, Contemporary Art and Project Axé, Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, Salvador da Bahia, July 7–Aug. 6. Exh. cat.

Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2000, Tsunan Mountain Park, Niigata Prefecture, July 20–Sept. 10. Exh. cat.

Lustwarande/Pleasure-Garden, De Oude Warandepark, Tilburg (organized by Fundament Foundation, Tilburg), Aug. 19–Oct. 15.

Media City Seoul 2000, Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sept. 2–Oct. 31, 2000. Exh. cat.

Open Ends: MoMA 2000, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Sept. 28, 2000–Mar. 4, 2001. Exh. cat.

Shanghai Biennale 2000: Shanghai Spirit, Shanghai Art Museum, Nov. 6, 2000–Jan. 6, 2001. Exh. cat.


Uncommon Threads: Contemporary Artists and Clothing, Herbet F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, Mar. 31–June 17.

The Gift: Generous Offerings, Threatening Hospitality, Palazzo delle Papesse, Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena (co-produced by Centro Culturale Candiani, Venice. Traveling Exhibition organized with Independent Curators International, New York), June 2–Sept. 23. Traveled to Centro Culturale Candiani, Venice, Oct. 14, 2001–Jan. 6, 2002; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona, Feb. 7–May 5, 2002; Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, Nov. 27, 2002–Mar. 2, 2003; Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, Apr. 11–June 22, 2003; Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario, Aug. 9–Oct. 18, 2003. Exh. cat.

Sonsbeek 9: LocusFocus, Sonsbeek Park, Arnhem, June 3–Sept. 23. Exh. cat.

Plateau of Humankind, 49th Venice Biennale, Giardini di Castello, Arsenale, Venice, June 10–Nov. 4. Exh. cat.

Yokohama 2001, International Triennale of Contemporary Art: Mega Wave: Towards a New Synthesis, various sites in Yokohama, Sept. 2–Nov. 11. Exh. cat.

Exhibition of the Projects for Arte all’Arte 6, Associazione Arte Continua, San Gimignano, Sept. 15, 2001–Jan. 6, 2002, Part of Arte all’Arte 6.

Arte all’Arte 6, various sites in Tuscany (organized by Associazione Arte Continua), Sept. 15, 2001–Jan. 6, 2002. Exh. cat.

Form Follows Fiction, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Oct. 15, 2001–Jan. 27, 2002. Exh. cat.


Painting without Painting, Museum der bildende Künste Leipzig, Jan. 30–Apr. 7. Exh. cat.

Art that Heals, Apexart, New York, Mar. 9–Apr. 6.

EV+A 2002: Heroes + Holies, various sites in Limerick (organized by Limerick City Gallery of Art), Mar. 16–June 9. Exh. cat.

Magnete: artisti stranieri in Toscana 1945–2000 (Magnet: Foreign Artists in Tuscany 1945–2000), Fattoria di Celle, Santomato, Pistoia, Tuscany, (organized by Sistema Metropolitano d’Arte Contemporanea, Tuscany), June 2–Sept. 30.

Red Continent: Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Gwangju Art Museum, South Korea, June 3–29. Exh. cat.

The Power of Art: The 2nd Inaugural Show of the Prefectural Museum of Art, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe, July 13–Aug. 25.

Tokachi International Contemporary Art Exhibition: Demeter, Obihiro Racetrack and Nishimaki Park, Obihiro, Hokkaido (organized by P3 art and environment, Tokyo), July 13–Sept. 23. Exh. cat.

The Galleries Show, Royal Academy of Arts, London, Sept. 15–Oct. 12.

3e Biennale de Montréal, Cité Multimédia dans le Vieux-Montréal, Sept. 26–Nov. 3.

Paris-Pékin,Espace Cardin, Paris, Oct. 5–28. Exh. cat.

The First Guangzhou Triennial. Reinterpretation: A Decade of Experimental Chinese Art, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, Nov. 18, 2002–Jan. 19, 2003.

Ce Qui Arrive (Unknown Quantity), Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, Nov. 29, 2002–Mar. 30, 2003. Exh. cat.


Tate & Egg Live 2003, Tate Modern and Tate Britain, London, Jan.–Sept.

Pulse, Art, Healing, and Transformation, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, May 14–Aug. 31. Exh. cat.

Alors, la Chine?, Centre national d’art et de culture Georges Pompidou, Paris, June 25–Oct. 13. Exh. cat.

Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2003, Tsunan Mountain Park, Niigata Prefecture, July 20–Sept. 7. Exh. cat.


The Snow Show: Harvested Ice, Rovaniemi, Lapland, Feb. 12–Mar. 31. Exh. cat.

26th Bienal de São Paulo: Free Territory, Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo, Parque do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, Sept. 25–Dec. 19. Exh. cat.

Past in Reverse: Contemporary Art of East Asia, San Diego Museum of Art, Nov. 6, 2004–Mar. 6, 2005.


DreamingNow, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass., Jan. 27–Apr. 24. Exh. cat.

Trading Place: Contemporary Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Apr. 2–May 22. Exh. cat.

(my private) Heroes, MARTa Herford, Herford, Germany, May 7–Aug. 21. Exh. cat.

Translation, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, June 23–Sept. 18.

Arte all’Arte 10, various sites in Tuscany (organized by Associazione Arte Continua), Sept. 1–Oct. 2. Exh. cat.


Min Tai Yuan Museum Collection (Inaugural Exhibition), Min Tai Yuan Museum, Quanzhou, open since May 14, 2006.

Opening Exhibition: Eldorado, Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg, July 1–Nov. 20. Exh. cat.

Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2006, Tsunan Mountain Park, Niigata Prefecture, July 31–Aug. 9.

Out of Time: A Contemporary View, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Aug. 30, 2006–Apr. 9, 2007.

Shu: Reinventing Books in Contemporary Chinese Art, China Institute Gallery, New York, Sept. 28, 2006–Nov. 11 and Dec. 13, 2006–Feb. 24, 2007. Traveled to Seattle Asian Art Museum, Aug. 9–Dec. 2, 2007, and Honolulu Academy of Arts, June 18–Aug. 31, 2008. Exh. cat.

Searching for Dreams in the Canals, Suzhou Museum, Oct. 6, 2006–Mar. 30, 2007.


Journeys: Mapping the Earth and Mind in Chinese Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Feb. 10–Aug. 26.

6 Billion Perps Held Hostage! Artists Address Global Warming, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Mar. 11–June 17.

Artempo: Where Time Becomes Art, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, June 9–Oct. 7. Exh. cat


Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, Barbican Gallery, London, Mar. 6–May 18. Exh. cat

Blood on Paper: The Art of the Book, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Apr. 15–June 29.

God & Goods: Spirituality and Mass Confusion, Villa Manin Centro d’Arte Contemporanea, Cordoipo, Apr. 20–Sept. 28. Exh. cat

New Ink Art: Innovation and Beyond. Hong Kong Art: Open Dialogue Exhibition Series II, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Aug. 22–Oct. 26. Exh. cat.

Academia. Qui es-tu?, La Chapelle de l’Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, Sept. 10–Nov. 23. Exh. cat.

Prospect.1 New Orleans, various sites, New Orleans, Nov. 1, 2008–Jan. 18, 2009. Exh. cat.


Meeting Point, 10th Havana Biennial, Mar. 27–Apr. 30.

Stages, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, (organized by Artstrong Foundation), July 16–Aug. 8. Traveling to 69th Regiment Armory, New York, Oct. 2; Deitch Projects, New York, Oct. 31–Nov. 21; Art Basel Miami Beach, Dec. 3–6. Exh. cat.

LIVE and LET LIVE: Creators of Tomorrow, The 4th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial, Sept. 5–Nov. 23, 2009. Exh. cat.

Bike Rides, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Connecticut, Sept. 26, 2009–Jan. 3, 2010.­

The Sky Within My House: Contemporary Art in 16 Patios of Cordoba, Municipal Archive of Cordoba (organized by Cordoba City of Culture Foundation), Oct. 22–Nov. 29.


The Beauty of DistanceSongs of Survival in a Precarious Age, 17th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, May 12–Aug. 1. Exh. cat.

Alpha Omega, DESTE Foundation Centre For Contemporary Art, Jun. 16-Dec. 29. Exh. cat.

Post Monument, XIV International Sculpture Biennale of Carrara, June 26–Oct. 31.

Arts and Cities, Aichi Triennale 2010, Nagoya, Aug. 21-Oct 31. Exh. cat.

Berliner Bilder, Koidl Kunsthalle, Berlin (organized by Berliner Bank and Deutsche Bank), Sept. 10–Nov. 13.

Collector’s Choice / Collector’s Voice, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, Oct. 15, 2010–Mar. 13, 2011.

Nuit Electriques, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, Dec. 9, 2010-Jan. 30, 2011. Traveled to LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón, Spain, Mar. 18-Sept. 12, 2011. Exh. cat.


Water, Fire and the Earth, Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Apr. 9–Jun.12. Exh. cat.

RegressProgress, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Jun. 21, 2011–Jan. 15, 2012

Invisibleness is Visibleness: International Contemporary Art Collection of a Salaryman – Daisuke Miyatsu, Agora Art Project x Space, Taipei, Jul. 9–Sept. 4. Exh. cat.

Windflower, Perceptions of Nature, Kröller-Muller Museum, Otterlo, Oct. 9-2011–Jan. 15, 2012. Exh. cat.


Swept Away: Dust, Ashes, and Dirt in Contemporary Art and Design, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, Feb. 7–Aug. 5. Exh. cat.

Longing for Perfection, 21 Years of Collecting by the Kröller-Müller Museum, Kröller-Muller Museum, Otterlo, Apr. 1–Oct. 28.

Extra-Large, Monumental Works from the Centre Pompidou Collection in Monaco, Forum Grimaldi, Monaco, Jul. 13–Sept. 9. Exh. cat.

Dialogues with Contemporary Art from the Collection of the Setagaya Art Museum, Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Sept. 15–Nov. 11. Exh. cat.


Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Dec. 11, 2013-Apr. 6, 2014. Exh. cat.

Portrait of the Times – 30 Years of Chinese Contemporary Art, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, Aug. 18-Nov. 10. Exh. cat.

Glasstress: White Light/White Heat, Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti, Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, May 31–Nov. 24.


Ravaged: Art and Culture in Times of Conflict, M-Museum Leuven, Mar. 20–Sept. Exh. cat.

I Look At Things…, Faurschou Foundation, Copenhagen, Apr. 24–Sept. 12.

Vivid Memories, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, May 10-Sept. 21. Exh. cat.

Frank Gebry: Solaris Chronicles, Atelier de la Mécanique, Parc des Ateliers, Arles, Apr. 5–Sept. 28.

Bloom:Eslite Gallery 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Eslite Gallery, Taipei, Sep. 27–Nov. 2.

China’s Changing Landscape, Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, Skärhamn, Sept. 28-Jan. 25, 2015. Exh. cat.

Manifest Intention: Drawing in All Its Forms,Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli, Turin, Oct.  11, 2014-Jan. 25, 2015. Exh. cat.





Heaven and Hell. From Magic Carpets to Drones, Boghossian Foundation, Brussels, Belgium, Mar. 6–Sep.6. Exh. cat.

Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Mar.7–May 10. Exh. cat.

Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY, Mar.8, 2015–Apr. 11, 2016

Arts & Foods: Rituals since 1851, Triennale de Milano, Apr.9–Nov.1. Exh. cat.

Harmony and Transition: Chinese Landscape in Contemporary Art, MARTa Herford, Herfod, June 20–Oct. 4. Exh. cat.

Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2015, Tsunan Mountain Park, Niigata, July 25–Sept. 13


Culture City of East Asia 2016, Todaiji Temple, Nara, Mar. 26–Oct.23

The Great Animal Orchestra, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, July 2, 2016–Jan.8, 2017. Exh. cat

Le Bonheur de deviner peu à peu, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, Sept. 30, 2016-Jan. 15, 2017.

The End of the World, Centro Pecci, Prato, Oct. 16, 2016–Mar. 19, 2017. Exh. cat.


Highlights: La Collection de la Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA), May 30-Aug. 15, 2017. Exh. cat.

Asia Corridor Contemporary Art Exhibition [Culture City of East Asia 2017, Tokyo], Nijo Castle (Nijo-jo), Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, Aug. 19–Oct. 15, 2016

Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World, The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York, Oct. 6, 2017–Jan. 7, 2018. Exh. cat.


Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, A Beautiful Elsewhere, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, Apr. 25–Jul. 29. Exh. cat.

L’Envol, La Maison Rouge, Paris, June 16–Oct. 28, 2018


30th Anniversary Exhibition: The Seven Lamps of the Art Museum, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Mar 9–May 26, 2019. Exh. cat.

Daisuke Miyatsu Collection x Kasama Museum: Blending the quintessence of modern and contemporary art, Kasama Museum, Mar. 23–May 19, 2019

The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), June 2, 2019–Jan. 5, 2020. Exh. cat.

Aichi Triennale 2019: Taming Y/Our Passion, Nagoya, Japan, Aug. 1–Oct. 14, 2019.

The Shape of Time: Highlights of the Centre Pompidou Collection, Vol.1, Center Pompidou x West Bund Museum, Shanghai, Nov. 8, 2019–May 9, 2020. Exh. cat.

Water, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Dec. 7, 2019–Apr. 26, 2020.

The Red Bean Grows in the South, Faurschou New York, Dec. 16, 2019–Apr. 11, 2020.


Clouds Gathering and Unfolding: An Exhibition of Modern Chinese Art on Paper, Ichihara Lakeside Museum, Chiba, April 1–June 28, 2020. Exh. cat.

We Will Meet Again: Tokyo Gallery +BTAP 70th anniversary special exhibition, Tokyo Gallery and Beijing Tokyo Art Projects (BTAP), China, May 18–August 8, 2020.

Liu Xiaodong, Cai Guo-Qiang, Shida Kuo, Lin Yen Wei, Eslite Gallery, Taipei, August 1–30, 2020.

PSA 8th anniversary, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, October 1–November 15, 2020.

The Revival of Tradition: Another Approach to Contemporary Chinese Art, Song Art Museum, Beijing, September 26, 2020–February 21, 2021.


Unexpected Surfaces, Philadelphia Museum of Art, April 25–August 15, 2021.

Les Citoyens, uno sguardo di Guillermo Kuitca sulla collezione della Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Triennale Milano, Milan, May 6–September 12, 2021.

The Pulse of Modernity: Powerlong Art Exhibition, Powerlong Museum, Shanghai, November 19, 2021–May 18, 2022.

Individuals, Networks, Expressions, M+ Museum, Hong Kong, November 11, 2021–February 4, 2022.


Watershed, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, June 4–October 23, 2022.


2001 Who Is the Happiest? UMoCA Inaugural Exhibition with Ni Tsai-Chin for Arte all’Arte 6, UMoCA (Under Museum of Contemporary Art), Colle di Val d’Elsa (see group exhibitions).

Cai Guo-Qiang’s Maksimov Collection, Shanghai Art Museum, Feb. 1–Mar. 1. Part of Cai Guo-Qiang (see solo exhibitions).

Cai Guo-Qiang’s Maksimov Collection, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (organized by Fan Di’An and Wang Mingxian), Apr. 28–May 9.

Cai Guo-Qiang’s Maksimov Collection, Gwanshanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen (organized by Fan Di’An and Wang Mingxian), July 19–Aug. 18.

2003 DMoCA 2: Pause, Inaugural Exhibition with Kiki Smith, DMoCA (Dragon Museum of Contemporary Art), Tsunan Mountain Park, Niigata Prefecture. Exh. cat. Part of Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2003 (see group exhibitions).

18 Solo Exhibitions, BMoCA (Bunker Museum of Contemporary Art), Kinmen Island, Taiwan, Sept. 11, 2004–Feb. 28, 2005. Exh. cat. The eighteen exhibitions were Shen Yuan: Speaker Tea, Guningtou Cihu Great Bunker; Wang Jianwei: Soft Target, Guningtou Cihu Great Bunker; Lee Shi-chi Studio (Lee Shi-chi and Tsai Chi-rong): War Bets on Peace, Nanshan Fortification No.1 Bunker; Liu Xiaodong: Battlefield Sketches: The New Eighteen Arhats, Nanshan Fortification Chungshan Classroom; Wang Wenchih: Dragon Dares Tiger Lair, Nanshan Fortification No. 2 Bunker, Command Center, and surrounding areas; Yao Chien: Listen! Who is Singing?, Nanshan Fortification under the banyan tree and arsenal; Yin Ling: Lovemaking for World Peace, Nanshan Fortification No. 3 Bunker and Arsenal; Ying Bo: Fei Ya! Fei Ya! (Flying) and Fusion, Nahsan Fortification Arsenal and Blindage; Da Lun Wei Art Squad (He Shi and Yan San): The Other Side of the Coast, Tashan Battery No. 2 Bunker; Tan Dun: Visual Music, Tashan Battery No. 3 Bunker and Arsenal; Su-mei Tse: Some Airing . . . and Yellow Mountain, Tashan Battery No. 1 Bunker and Arsenal; Tung Wang Wu: Surrender, Tashan Battery No. 2 Bunker Arsenal; Lee Mingwei: Shuito Legend, Shuito Village; Yung Ho Chang: One Divided by Two, Changliao Rezoning District; Fei Dawei: The Childrens’ Bookstore Exchange Program, Cultural Affairs Bureau; Lin Hsing-yueh: Pyramid, Cultural Affairs Bureau; Tsai Ming-liang: Whitering Flower, Lintsuo Old-Battlefield Army Base; and Zeng Li: Fight Theatre, Lintsuo Old-Battlefield Army Base.

Kinmen Children’s Bunker Museum of Art, BMoCA (Bunker Museum of Contemporary Art), Kinmen Island, Taiwan, Sept. 11, 2004–Feb. 28, 2005. Exh. cat.


Virgin Garden: Emersion. China Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale, Venice Arsenale and Vergini Garden, Venice, June 12–Nov. 6.

Jennifer Wen Ma: Aeolian Garden, UMoCA (Under Museum of Contemporary Art), Colle di Val d’Elsa, Sept. 30, 2005–June 30, 2006. Exh. cat. Part of Arte all’Arte 10 (see group exhibitions).

2006 DMoCA 3: Range, Kotaro Miyanaga. DMoCA (Dragon Museum of Contemporary Art), Tsunan Mountain Park, Niigata Prefecture, Part of Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2006 (see group exhibitions).

Everything Is Museum, Sackler Center for Arts Education, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Feb. 22–May 28. Exh. cat. Part of Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe (see solo exhibitions).

Everything Is Museum, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, Aug. 19–Sept. 2. Part of Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe (see solo exhibitions).


Everything Is Museum, Guggenheim Bilbao, Mar. 17–Sept. Part of Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe (see solo exhibitions).

DMoCA 4: Jennifer Wen Ma, DMoCA (Dragon Museum of Contemporary Art), Tsunan Mountain Park, Niigata, July 23–Sept. 13. Part of Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2009 (see group exhibitions).

2010 Kiki Smith: Color Still, UMoCA (Under Museum of Contemporary Art), Colle di Val d’Elsa, Sept. 24, 2010- Jan. 24, 2011. Exh. cat.
2012 DMoCA 5: Ann Hamilton, DMoCA (Dragon Museum of Contemporary Art), Mountain Park, Niigata, July 29-Sept. 17.

SMoCA Inaugural Exhibition, SMoCA (Snake Museum of Contemporary Art), Iwaki, Fukushima, Apr. 28-Jul. 28.

Features Ono Kazuo: A Gift from Iwaki and Our Homeland in Ten Years Children’s Poster Contest


YMoCA (Yatai Museum of Contemporary Art), SMoCA (Snake Museum of Contemporary Art), Iwaki, Fukushima, Apr. 12–Apr. 13.

Features Sebastian Masuda’s Let’s Make Some Kawaii Lanterns! and Nikoman Show.


DMoCA 6: Thrown Rope for Japan – Peter Hutchinson, DMoCA (Dragon Museum of Contemporary Art), Tsunan Mountain Park, Niigata,  July 26–September 13. Exh. cat.

Mountain Park, Niigata,  July 26–September 13. Exh. cat.. Part of Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2015

2016 What About the Art? Contemporary Art from China, Al Riwaq, Qatar Museums, Doha, 2016. Exh. cat.
2018 DMoCA 7: Flowers of Happiness – Wang Sishun, DMoCA (Dragon Museum of Contemporary Art), Tsunan Mountain Park, Niigata, July 29–September 17, 2018. Exh. cat.. Part of Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2018
2019 Non-brand 非品牌, as part of Artistic License: Six Takes on the Guggenheim Collection, The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York, May 24, 2019–January 12, 2020.
1989 Human Abode: Project for Extraterrestrials No.1, Fussa Minami Park and Kumagawa Shrine, Tokyo, realized Nov. 11, commissioned by 89 Tama River Fussa Outdoor Art Exhibition (see group exhibitions).

45.5 Meteorite Craters Made by Humans on Their 45.5 Hundred Million Year Old Planet: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 3, Pourrières, Aix-en-Provence, realized July 7, commissioned by Les Domaines de l’art for the exhibition Chine demain pour hier (see group exhibitions).

I Am an Extraterrestrial: Project for Meeting with Tenjin (Heavenly Gods): Project for Extraterrestrials No. 4, Nagahama Port, Fukuoka, realized Oct. 6, commissioned by Museum City Tenjin, Fukuoka, for the exhibition Museum City Tenjin ’90: Circulation of Sensibility: Visual City, Functioning Art (see group exhibitions).

Fetus Movement: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 5, Palace Plaza, Olive Mountain, Ushimado, Okayama, realized Nov. 3, commissioned by Japan Ushimado International Art Festival for The 7th Japan Ushimado International Art Festival (see group exhibitions).

1991 The Immensity of Heaven and Earth: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 11, Kashii former train yard, Fukuoka, realized Sept. 15, commissioned by Museum City Project, Fukuoka, for Exceptional Passage: Chinese Avant-Garde Artists Exhibition (see group exhibitions).
1992 Fetus Movement II: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 9, Bundeswehr-Wasserübungsplatz military base, Hannover-Münden, realized June 27, commissioned by the Kassel International Art Exhibition for Encountering the Others: The Kassel International Art Exhibition. Artist Book. (see group exhibitions).

Project to Extend the Great Wall of China by 10,000 Meters: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 10, Gobi Desert, Jiayuguan, Gansu Province, realized Feb. 27, commissioned by P3 art and environment, Tokyo. Artist Book.

The Oxford Comet: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 17, Angel Meadow Park, Oxford, realized June 26, commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art Oxford (now Modern Art Oxford) for the exhibition Silent Energy (see group exhibitions).

Buried Civilization: Field Firings, Sun Plaza and Spring Square, Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, realized Sept. 7–Oct. 20, commissioned by the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park for Outdoor Workshop ’93 (see group exhibitions).


The Horizon from the Pan-Pacific: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 14, Pacific Ocean, Offshore from Numanouchi to Yotsukura Beach, Iwaki, realized Mar. 7, commissioned by Iwaki City Art Museum for the exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: From the Pan-Pacific (see solo exhibitions).

Project for Heiankyo 1,200th Anniversary: Celebration from Chang’an, Kyoto City Hall, realized Mar. 13, commissioned by the city of Kyoto for the exhibition Making New Kyoto ’94 (see group exhibitions).

The Earth Has Its Black Hole Too:Project for Extraterrestrials No. 16, Hiroshima Central Park near the A-Bomb Dome, Hiroshima, realized Oct. 1, commissioned by Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art for the exhibition Creativity in Asian Art Now (see group exhibitions).

Myth: Shooting the Suns: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 21, Nationale Park De Hoge Veluwe, Otterlo, realized Dec. 18, commissioned by the Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo for the exhibition Heart of Darkness (see group exhibitions).

1995 Restrained Violence: Rainbow: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 25, Tribune Hall, Johannesburg Power Station, realized Feb. 28, commissioned by the Johannesburg Biennale for The Ever-Changing, Drifting Heat: The First Johannesburg Biennale (see group exhibitions).

The Century with Mushroom Clouds: Project for the 20th Century, various sites in the United States: Nevada Test Site; Mormon Mesa, Overton, Nevada; the Great Salt Lake, Utah; and New York City, realized Feb. 13–Apr. 21.

Dragon Skeleton/Suture of the Wall: True Collection, storage area, Museum Van Hedendaagse Kunst Gent (now S.M.A.K. [Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst]), Ghent, realized Nov. 9, commissioned by Museum Van Hedendaagse Kunst Gent.

1997 Flying Dragon in the Heavens: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 29, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark, realized Mar. 7, commissioned by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek for the exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: Flying Dragon in the Heavens (see solo exhibitions).

Parting of the Sea: Project for Extraterrestrial No. 30, Ladugardsland bay, Stockholm, between Museum of Modern Art and Vasa Museum, realized Feb. 14, commissioned by Moderna Museet, Stockholm, for the exhibition Wounds: Between Democracy and Redemption in Contemporary Art (see group exhibitions).

Golden Missile, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, realized June 13, commissioned by Taipei Fine Arts Museum for Site of Desire: 1998 Taipei Biennial (see group exhibitions).

No Destruction, No Construction: Bombing the Taiwan Province Museum of Art, Taiwan Province Museum of Art (now National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts), Taichung, realized Aug. 21, commissioned by Taiwan Province Museum of Art. Book.

Dragon: Explosion on Pleats Please Issey Miyake, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, realized Oct. 5, commissioned by Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain for the exhibition Issey Miyake Making Things (see group exhibitions).


Firecrackers for the Opening of S.M.A.K., S.M.A.K. (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst), Ghent, realized May 8, commissioned by S.M.A.K. for the opening events and exhibition De Opening (see group exhibitions).

Salute, Casa de Cultura, Projeto Axé Social, Salvador da Bahia, two explosion events in collaboration with children from Bandaxé, realized Aug. 18, 1999 and July 7, 2000, commissioned by The Quiet in the Land and the Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia for the artist residence and exhibition The Quiet in the Land: Everyday Life, Contemporary Art and Project Axé (see group exhibitions).

Dragon Sight Sees Vienna: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 32, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, realized November 6, commissioned by Kunsthalle Wien for Cai Guo-Qiang: I Am The Y2K Bug (see solo exhibitions).


Till by Blade, Sow by Fire, Académie de France à Rome, Villa Médicis, Rome, realized June 29, commissioned by Académie de France à Rome for the exhibition La Ville, le Jardin, la Mémoire: Le Jardin  (see group exhibitions).

Fountain, De Oude Warandepark, Tilburg, realized Aug. 19, commissioned by Fundament Foundation, Tilburg for the exhibition Lustwarande/Pleasure-Garden (see group exhibitions).

Ascending a Staircase, 69th Regiment Armory, New York, realized Dec. 1, commissioned by NHK: Japan Broadcasting Corporation.


Picturesque Painteresque, Sonsbeek Park, Arnhem, realized June 1, 2001, commissioned by Sonsbeek for Sonsbeek 9: LocusFocus (see group exhibitions).

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Cityscape Fireworks, The Bund, Huangpu River, and Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai, realized Oct. 20, commissioned by Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation for the closing ceremonies of the 2001 APEC Conference.


Spider Web, Zhejiang Library, Hangzhou, realized May 4, commissioned for the opening of the 2002 M Meeting.

Against the Current, River Shannon at St. Johns Castle, Limerick, realized June 4, commissioned by Limerick City Gallery of Art, for the exhibition EV+A 2002: Heroes + Holies (see group exhibitions).

Transient Rainbow, East River, from Manhattan to Queens, New York, realized June 29, commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, for the opening of the Museum of Modern Art, Queens.

Blue Dragon, Hyogo Harbor, Kobe, realized July 13, commissioned by the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe for The Power of Art: The 2nd Inaugural Show of the Prefectural Museum of Art (see group exhibitions). First attempted unsuccessfully in Brisbane in 1999, commissioned by Queensland Art Gallery for The Future: The Third Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (see group exhibitions).

Skybound UFO and Shrine, Obihiro Racetrack, Obihiro, Hokkaido, realized Aug. 11, commissioned by P3 art and environment for Tokachi International Contemporary Art Exhibition: Demeter (see group exhibitions).

Ethereal Flowers, Trento Cemetery, realized Sept. 6, commissioned by Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trento for the exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: Ethereal Flowers (see solo exhibitions).

Money Net, Royal Academy of Arts, London, realized Sept. 12, commissioned by the Royal Academy of Arts for the exhibition The Galleries Show (see group exhibitions).


Ye Gong Hao Long (Mr.Ye Who Loves Dragons): Explosion Project for Tate Modern, Millenium Bridge and Tate Modern, London, realized Jan. 31, commissioned by Tate Gallery as part of Tate & Egg Live 2003 (see group exhibitions).

Inheritance: Exploding Jan Hoet’s Portrait, S.M.A.K. (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst), Ghent, realized Mar. 28, commissioned by S.M.A.K. for the exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: An Arbitrary History (see solo exhibitions).

Light Cycle: Explosion Project for Central Park, Central Park, New York, realized Sept. 15, commissioned by Creative Time in conjunction with the City of New York and the Central Park Conservancy for the 150th anniversary of the creation of Central Park.

Man, Eagle, and Eye in the Sky, Siwa Oasis, Egypt, realized Nov. 11–14, commissioned by Siwa Art Project, Egypt. Book.


Caressing Zaha with Vodka, Rovaniemi, Lapland, realized Feb. 11, commissioned by The Snow Show for the exhibition The Snow Show: Harvested Ice (see group exhibitions).

Painting Chinese Landscape Painting, Marine Corps Air Station, San Diego, realized Oct. 16, commissioned by the San Diego Museum of Art for the 2004 Miramar Air Show in conjunction with the exhibition Past in Reverse (see group exhibitions).

Red Star, Flying Saucer, Lincoln Center, New York, realized Nov. 10, 2004, commissioned for Asian Cultural Council 40 Years.


Auto-Destruct, Goebenstrasse, in front of MARTa Herford, Germany, realized May 7, commissioned by MARTa Herford for the exhibition (my private) Heroes (see group exhibitions).

Black Rainbow: Explosion Project for Valencia, Old Turia Riverbed Park between Roal Bridge and Trinidad Bridge, Valencia, realized May 22, commissioned by Institut Valencià d’Art Modern for the exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: On Black Fireworks (see solo exhibitions).

Red Flag, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, realized June 17, commissioned by Zacheta National Gallery of Art for the exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: Paradise (see solo exhibitions).

Black Rainbow: Explosion Project for Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle, realized July 29, commissioned by the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, for the exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: Life Beneath the Shadow (see solo exhibitions).

Tornado: Explosion Project for the Festival of China, Potomac River, Washington, D.C., realized Oct. 1, commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for The Kennedy Center Festival of China.


Illusion II: Explosion Project, Möckernstrasse/Stresemannstrasse, Berlin, realized July 11, commissioned by Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin for the exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: Head On (see solo exhibitions).

Clear Sky Black Cloud, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, realized Apr. 25–Oct. 29, commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang on the Roof: Transparent Monument. (see solo exhibitions).

Exploding Tower, Suzhou Museum, realized Oct. 8, commissioned by the Suzhou Museum for the inaugural exhibition Searching for Dreams in the Canals (see group exhibitions).

Wind Shadow, premiered at the National Theatre, Taipei, Nov. 25. Subsequent venues to date: Kaohsiung Cultural Center, and Chiayi Performing Arts, Taiwan, collaboration with Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan.


Images from Wind Shadow, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Apr. 5., for the exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe (see solo exhibitions), collaboration with Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan.

Black Fireworks, Motomachi Riverside Park near the Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima, Oct. 25, commissioned by Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art for the exhibition The 7th Hiroshima Art Prize: Cai Guo-Qiang (see solo exhibitions).

Wind Shadow, Tanztheater Wuppertal, Düsseldorf, Nov. 22, for the Pina Bausch Festival, collaboration with Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan.


Sketch of a Boat, Francisco de Assisi Square, Havana, realized Mar. 30, for the 10th Havana Biennial, Meeting Point (see group exhibitions).

Wind Shadow, Barbican Theatre, London, Oct. 6–10, collaboration with Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan.

Fallen Blossoms, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, realized Dec. 11, for the exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: Fallen Blossoms (see solo exhibitions).

2011 Black Ceremony, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar, realized Dec. 5, for the exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: Saraab (see solo exhibitions).

Mystery Circle: Explosion Event for The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, realized Apr. 7, for the exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: Sky Ladder (see solo exhibitions).

Freja: Explosion Event for Faurschou Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark, realized Sept. 6, commissioned by Faurschou Foundation for the exhibition A Clan of Boats (see solo exhibitions).

Black Christmas Tree: Explosion Event for Washington, D.C., Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, realized Nov. 30, commissioned by Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.

2013 One Night Stand: Explosion Event for Nuit Blanche, Seine River, between the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France, realized Oct. 5, commissioned by the City of Paris.

Cloud for Jan Hoet, S.M.A.K. (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst), Ghent, Belgium, realized Mar. 5.

Black Lightning, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado, realized Aug. 2, commissioned by the Aspen Art Museum (see solo exhibitions).

Elegy: Explosion Event for the Opening of Cai Guo-Qiang: The Ninth Wave, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, realized Aug. 8, commissioned by the Power Station of Art (see solo exhibitions).

Ode to Nature: Fireworks for Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, realized in Beijing Olympic Village, Nov. 10, commissioned by the city of Beijing.


Life is a Milonga: Tango Fireworks for Argentina, realized at Vuelta de Rocha outside Fundación PROA, Jan. 24, commissioned by Fundación Proa and Fundación Alon, with support from the City Government of Buenos Aires (see solo exhibitions).

Sky Ladder, realized off Huiyu Island, Quanzhou, June 15 at dawn.


Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, Sept. 15-Oct. 8, commissioned by the Association for Public Art with Fung Collaboratives.

Color Mushroom Cloud, former CP-1 site, Chicago, realized Dec. 2, commissioned by UChicago Arts and the Smart Museum of Art.


Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies, Light City Festival, Baltimore, Apr. 14–21, organized by Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Art’s Light City Festival with Fung Collaboratives.

City of Flowers in the Sky, realized above Piazzale Michelangelo, November 18 (see solo exhibitions).


Explosion Studio, realized at the Amphitheatre of Pompeii, February 21 (see solo exhibitions).

Encounter with the Unknown: Cosmos Project for Mexico, realized at Soria Park, Cholula, November 8

2020 The Birth of Tragedy, realized on the Charente River, Cognac, France, September 25

Cai Guo-Qiang: Transient Eternity, RAM+ and TR Lab, July 14–August 14, 2021.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Exploding the Self, RAM+ and TR Lab, September 3, 2021.

2022 Cai Guo-Qiang: Your Daytime Fireworks, RAM+ and TR Lab, April 22–June 6, 2022.



1994 Lion: Feng Shui Project for Mito: Chang Sheng, Mito Train Station, realized May, 1994, commissioned by Art Tower Mito Contemporary Art Center for the exhibition Mito Annual ’94: Open System (see group exhibitions).
1998 Eighteen Saints, Tocho-ji Temple, Tokyo, realized Dec. 1998, commissioned by Tocho-ji Temple, Tokyo.

Dragon Boat, Hakataza Theatre, Hakata Riverain, Fukuoka, realized Feb. 1999, commissioned by Hakata Riverain, Fukuoka.

Skylight, Oak Forest, Gramsbergen/Laar, Netherlands, realized Sept. 1999, official opening June 2000, commissioned by Städtische Galerie Nordhorn, for the public art project Kunstwegen (see group exhibitions).

2002 Turtle Fountain, Dentsu Headquarters, Shiodome district, Tokyo, realized Dec. 2002, commissioned by Dentsu.
2003 High Mountain Flowing Water: 3-D Landscape Painting, Roppongi Hills, Mori Arts Center, Tokyo, realized
Oct. 2003, commissioned by Mori Arts Center, Tokyo.
2007 One Stone, Bronx Criminal Court, New York, realized 2007, commissioned by the City of New York: Percent for Art Program Commission, for building designed by Rafael Viñoly.
2010 Ring Stone, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, realized 2010, commissioned by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Public Art Program, for Sloan School of Management.


1993 Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, France, 1993

Benesse Prize in conjunction with TransCulture, 46th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, 1995

Japan Cultural Design Prize, Tokyo, Japan, 1995

1996 P.S.1 The Institute for Contemporary Art: National and International Studio Program, Asian Cultural Council Grant, New York, USA, 1995–1996
1997 Oribe Award, Gifu, Japan, 1997
1999 Golden Lion, 48th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, 1999
2005 Best Monographic Museum Show (for Cai Guo-Qiang: Inopportune) and Best Installation or Single Work in a Museum (for Inopportune: Stage One), International Association of Art Critics, United States Section, New England Chapter, 2005
2007 Hiroshima Art Prize, Hiroshima City Culture Foundation, Hiroshima, Japan, 2007
2009 20th Fukuoka Prize for Arts and Culture, Fukuoka, Japan, 2009
2010 First Place for Best Project in a Public Space (for Cai Guo-Qiang: Fallen Blossoms), AICA, 2010
2012 24th Praemium Imperiale – Lifetime Achievement in the Arts (Painting), Tokyo, Japan, 2012
2015 Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation Award, 2015

Bonnefanten Award for Contemporary Art (BACA), Maastricht, The Netherlands, 2016

Asia Arts Award Honoree, Asia Society’s Asia Arts Game Changers, Hong Kong, 2016

The Japan Foundation Awards, Tokyo, Japan, 2016


John D. Rockefeller 3rd Award, Asian Cultural Council, New York, May 11, 2022


Honorary Academician, The Academy of Fine Arts of Carrara, Italy, 2022.

2008 Core member of creative team and Director of Visual and Special Effects for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing
2009 Director of fireworks festivities for China’s 60th National Day, Beijing

Fireworks Artistic Director, Republic of China Centennial

Core member of the creative time, Taipei International Flora Exposition


Director of Visual Effects and Fireworks for the opening and closing of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing


1981–1985 Department of Stage Design, Shanghai Theater Academy, Shanghai, China