Cai Guo-Qiang: Gunpowder Art

 

Ashmolean Museum

October 25, 2019–April 19, 2020

Curated by Shelagh Vainker

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Exhibition view, Ashmolean Museum. © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.

Black Peony
2008
Gunpowder on porcelain
66.83 x 37.31 x 5.72 cm

Photo by I-Hua Lee, courtesy Cai Studio

Black Poppy
2016
Gunpowder on canvas, nine panels
152.5 x 1097 cm

Photo by Yvonne Zhao, courtesy Cai Studio.

Gunpowder Drawing No. 8-25
1988
Gunpowder on paper
27.1 x 24 cm

Photo by Daxin Wu, courtesy Cai Studio

Gunpowder Drawing No. 8-27
1988
Gunpowder on paper
27 x 24 cm

Photo by Yvonne Zhao, courtesy Cai Studio.

Idea Book: Proposals Conceived During Residence at Fondation Cartier
1993
Gunpowder and ink on paper, 26-page folding album
55 x 38 x 2.2 cm closed
55 x 76 cm spread
54.93 x 988 cm opened

Photo courtesy Cai Studio

Impression Oil Drawing: Shooting the Sun
2001
Oil on canvas
107 x 107 cm

Photo by Yvonne Zhao, courtesy Cai Studio.

In Search of El Greco No.8
2016
Gunpowder on canvas
91.5 x 91.5 cm
Private Collection

Photo by Yvonne Zhao, courtesy Cai Studio

Myth: Shooting the Suns
1994
Gunpowder and arrow on paper
78 x 55 cm
Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Photo courtesy Cai Studio

Objects from Camorra Test
2018-2019
Gunpowder on plaster, marble, glass, ceramics, terracotta, brick, concrete
Dimensions variable

Exhibition view, Ashmolean Museum. © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.

Poppy Series: Hallucination No.1
2015
Gunpowder on canvas
183 x 608 cm overall
Private Collection

Photo by Lydia Ohl, courtesy Cai Studio

Study for Seven-headed Dragon
2016
Gunpowder on porcelain
approx. 37 x 26 x 17 cm

Photo courtesy Cai Studio

Study for The Sound No.1 (left)
2017
Gunpowder on silk
152 x 190 cm

Exhibition view, Ashmolean Museum. © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.

The Brand of Archean Era—Male
1984–85
Gunpowder and oil on canvas
33.7 x 39.5 x 2.2 cm

Photo by Yvonne Zhao, courtesy Cai Studio