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.
Flora Commedia: Cai Guo-Qiang at the Uffizi
The Uffizi Galleries, Florence
November 19, 2018–February 17, 2019
Curated by Eike Schmidt and Laura Donati
The Uffizi Galleries are honored to announce contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang’s latest solo exhibition, Flora Commedia, opening on November 20, 2018. The exhibition is co-curated by Eike Schmidt, director of the Uffizi, together with Laura Donati, curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Uffizi Galleries. The exhibition draws its title from the Divina Commedia by Florentine poet Dante. The artist engages the flora of the Renaissance as his subject matter, capturing the spirit and soul of the period; through painting flowers, Cai Guo-Qiang is painting nature, the cosmos and personal emotions.