The Birth of Tragedy

Cognac, France

September 25, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic gradually stabilizes and the world restores its energy, Cai Guo-Qiang’s daytime explosion event, The Birth of Tragedy, will be brought to a worldwide audience from Charente in Cognac, France via livestream on September 25th at 3 PM CET / 9AM EDT. Twenty thousand shots of fireworks will be launched from 150 oak barrels floating on the river, to honor the universal values of resilience, courage, and hope, and to demonstrate mankind’s heroic faith in life and power after a strenuous feat.

The Birth of Tragedy was commissioned as part of “A World Odyssey,” which marks Hennessy X.O’s 150th anniversary. Cai’s daytime fireworks use exclusively non-toxic, eco-conscious, CE-certified pyrotechnic products.

Photo by Simon Cassanas, courtesy Hennessy

Nobel Week Dialogue

Gothenburg, Sweden

December 9, 2019

The Nobel Prize initiated Nobel Week Dialogue in 2012, an annual event that occurs on December 9, one day before the award ceremony. Hosted at the Exhibition and Congress Centre in Gothenburg (Svenska Mässen), this year’s dialogue attracted an audience of 1500, with many more watching around the world via livestream. Over the course of one day, some twenty experts from various fields—including five former laureates and some of the world’s most prominent scientists, artists, inventors, and policymakers—explored this year’s theme, Into the unknown: Uncertainty, risk and opportunity, from multiple perspectives through conversations, interviews, and speeches.

(Left: © Nobel Media. Photo: Henrik Jansson)


Encounter with the Unknown: Cosmos Project for Mexico

Soria Park, Cholula, Mexico

November 8, 2019


Cai Guo-Qiang: Gunpowder Art

Ashmolean Museum

October 25, 2019–April 19, 2020

(Left: © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford)


Fireworks Project for China’s 70th National Day Celebration

Tiananmen Square, Beijing

October 1, 2019


International Council of Museums (ICOM) General Conference

Kyoto, Japan

September 4, 2019

The 25th International Council of Museums (ICOM) General Conference was held at the ICC Kyoto (Kyoto International Conference Center) from September 1st to 7th, 2019. This triennial “Olympics of the museum world” attracted thousands of museum professionals, including directors of major museums from all over the world.

Cai’s keynote “My Museum Years” discussed a range of issues relevant to today’s museum landscape. How can museum classics stimulate adventures in today’s art? How did museum specialists become shamans for artists? How can we create museums adored by local communities, reaching beyond a cultural tourist brand for foreign visitors; nowadays when building museums has been turned into a global fashion, when contemporary art has become increasingly refined and elitist, what is the relationship between the museum and the community?