Cai Guo-Qiang: Cuyahoga River Lightning

The Cleveland Museum of Art

May 25–September 22, 2019

Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

May 24–October 13, 2019

Cai Guo-Qiang’s multidisciplinary practice is conceptually grounded in contemporary social issues and his lifelong interest in Eastern philosophy as a means to inquire into our relationship with the universe. Exposing traditional Chinese materials, paper, porcelain and silk to gunpowder explosions during a series of live ignitions, Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape presents a new body of work inspired by the history, places and culture that served as the backdrop to the reign of China’s first emperor Qin Shihuang, and the creation of the terracotta warriors. Drawing on his understanding of ancient Chinese culture and his belief that a dialogue with tradition and history can invigorate contemporary art, Cai has created a breath taking immersive environment for the presentation of both his work, and Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality.


In the Volcano: Cai Guo-Qiang and Pompeii

National Archaeological Museum of Naples

February 23–May 20, 2019

Curated by Jérôme Neutres

The National Archaeological Museum of Naples (MANN) is pleased to announced Cai Guo-Qiang’s solo exhibition In the Volcano: Cai Guo-Qiang and Pompeii, on view from February 23 to May 20, 2019. In the Volcano will engage with the Ancient Roman art in the MANN’s collections, specifically drawing inspiration from the calamity of Pompeii and the echoes of Greek civilization. Contrasting the romantic beauty of Cai’s recent Uffizi exhibition, In the Volcano conjures an unrestrained magnificence, harnessing melancholy, violence, and eroticism. The exhibition is curated by Jérôme Neutres, writer and curator, Director of Strategy at the Réunion des Musées Nationaux-Grand Palais, Paris, and President of the Musée du Luxembourg, Paris.

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