2019

Encounter with the Unknown: Cosmos Project for Mexico

Soria Park, Cholula, Mexico

November 8, 2019

 

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?

Cai Guo-Qiang: Cuyahoga River Lightning

The Cleveland Museum of Art

May 25–September 22, 2019

Artistic License: Six Takes on the Guggenheim Collection

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

May 24, 2019–January 12, 2020

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents its first ever artist-curated exhibition, Artistic License: Six Takes on the Guggenheim Collection. Curated by six contemporary artists, all of whom have shaped the Guggenheim’s history with their own pivotal solo shows—Cai Guo-Qiang, Paul Chan, Jenny Holzer, Julie Mehretu, Richard Prince, and Carrie Mae Weems—this full rotunda presentation brings together collection highlights and rarely seen works from the turn of the 20th century through 1980. For this exhibition, Cai was thrilled to discover among the Guggenheim’s collection a wide array of little-known works by prominent 20th century abstract painters. He calls his presentation Non-Brand (非品牌), in reference to his idea that these figurative works lack the “brand,” or the sought-after, recognizable style associated with a famous artist. Cai also embarked on a new series of gunpowder paintings on glass which cite iconic canvases that form the Guggenheim collection’s “brand, ” works by Wassily Kandinsky, Mark Rothko, Franz Kline, and Yves Klein.

 

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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