Mirage: Explosion Event for the Cornerstone Ceremony of the Quanzhou Museum of Contemporary Art (QMoCA)

December 8, 2023

Over approximately 20 minutes, between the sea and the sky space that will house the future Cai Guo-Qiang-initiated, Frank Gehry-designed Quanzhou Museum of Contemporary Art (QMoCA), an artistic drone firework performance, Mirage: Explosion Event for the Cornerstone Ceremony of the Quanzhou Museum of Contemporary Art (QMoCA), unfolded magically.

Mirage marks Cai’s second explosive event in his hometown, the first being Sky Ladder in 2015. On this occasion, the performance celebrated the Pritzker Prize laureate Frank Gehry’s first architecture project in mainland China and expressed Cai’s gratitude for the nurturing he received from his homeland and culture. Mirage also inaugurated the cornerstone ceremony on December 9th. The events were principally sponsored by Mercedes-Benz.

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cAI™: An Artificial Intelligence Project

April 25, 2023

Contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang’s artificial intelligence (AI) art project, cAI™ (pronounced “AI Cai”), draws from his long-established artistic philosophy and methodology to develop a custom AI program. The AI deep learns from Cai’s rich oeuvre, extensive writings, archival materials, and documentation. cAI™ also acquires knowledge in the diverse fields in which Cai has had a lifelong intellectual interest, such as cosmology and the unseen world.

cAI™ is an expansive, experimental art project, a multi-modal synthesis that grows organically alongside the course of Cai’s life and with the advancement of new technology. It is both a new work by Cai and a collaborative partner with whom he is in dialogue—a partner who has the potential to create independently in the future.

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Ramble in the Cosmos—From Primeval Fireball Onward

The National Art Center, Tokyo

June 29 to August 21, 2023

Cai Guo-Qiang’s solo exhibition, co-organized by the National Art Center, Tokyo and SAINT LAURENT, to open in Tokyo.

“Primeval Fireball marked a transformative departure for my vision and thinking, and its lasting effects accompany me to this present moment.” Cai Guo-Qiang

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Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang

Launched on October 14, 2016

In his latest feature documentary, Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald (One Day In September, The Last King Of Scotland) has unfettered access to world-renowned contemporary artist, Cai Guo-Qiang. Told through the artist’s own words and those of family, friends, colleagues, and critics, Sky Ladder traces Cai’s meteoric rise from childhood in Mao’s China to pre-eminent global artist. We witness as Cai struggles with how to affect social change through art, and navigate the compromises and complexities that arise when you’ve made it to the top. When you’ve gone as far as he has, how do you challenge yourself?

Watch on Netflix.com

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