In the Volcano: Cai Guo-Qiang and Pompeii

February 23–May 20, 2019

National Archaeological Museum of Naples

Curated by Jérôme Neutres

Explosion Studio2019. Realized at the Amphitheatre of Pompeii, February 21, 3:00 pm.
Gunpowder, canvas, silk, plaster, marble, dry fresco, glass, terracotta, wooden boat [Ephemeral]

Ignition of Explosion Studio at the Amphitheatre of Pompeii, 2019. Photo by Wen-You Cai, courtesy Cai Studio.
Video documentation. Directed by Shanshan Xia; produced by 33 Studio, courtesy Cai Studio.

Ground Floor

Exhibition view, National Archaeological Museum of Naples, 2019. Photos by Wen-You Cai and Amedeo Benestante.

Study for Pompeii No.3: Hercules
2018
Gunpowder on canvas
240 x 150 cm

Photo by Yvonne Zhao, courtesy Cai Studio.

Study for Pompeii No.4: Hercules
2018
Gunpowder on canvas
240 x 150 cm

Photo by Yvonne Zhao, courtesy Cai Studio.

Study for Pompeii: Fierce Lion
2018
Gunpowder on canvas
300 x 300 cm

Photo by Yvonne Zhao, courtesy Cai Studio.

Cai’s Sketch of Seneca
2018
Charcoal on paper
43 x 35.5 cm

Photo by Yvonne Zhao, courtesy Cai Studio.

Wenhao Cai (b. 2003, New York, USA; Lives in New York)
Wenhao’s Sketch of Seneca
2018
Charcoal on paper
43 x 35.5 cm

Photo by Yvonne Zhao, courtesy Cai Studio.

Black Earth
2019
Gunpowder on plaster
194 x 92 cm

© Amedeo Benestante

Explosion Studio
2019
Gunpowder on canvas
600 x 3050 cm

Photo by Wen-You Cai, courtesy Cai Studio.

Plum Venus
2019
Gunpowder on plaster
150 x 49 cm

© Amedeo Benestante

Cai Gazing at Venus
2019
Gunpowder on canvas
200 x 150 cm

© Amedeo Benestante

Three Pseudo-Senecas
2019
Gunpowder on plaster
Set of three sculptures, each 49 x 23 x 24 cm

Photo by Wen-You Cai, courtesy Cai Studio.

Exploding Hercules
2019
Gunpowder on plaster
320 x 141 cm

© Amedeo Benestante

Camorra Test: Color Gunpowder
2019
Gunpowder on canvas
125 x 199 cm

© Amedeo Benestante

Pompeiian Liaison
2019
Gunpowder on canvas
300 x 900 cm

© Amedeo Benestante

Les Bourgeois de Pompeii
2019
Gunpowder on plaster
Set of 4 sculptures, installation dimensions variable

Photo by Wen-You Cai, courtesy Cai Studio.

[No Title]
2019
Gunpowder on canvas
300 x 150 cm

© Amedeo Benestante

First Floor

Exhibition view, National Archaeological Museum of Naples, 2019. Photos by Wen-You Cai and Amedeo Benestante.

Study for Pompeii No.1
2018
Gunpowder on canvas
28 x 35.5 cm

Photo by Yvonne Zhao, courtesy Cai Studio.

Study for Pompeii No.2
2018
Gunpowder on canvas
122 x 122 cm

Photo by Yvonne Zhao, courtesy Cai Studio.

Pompeiian Red
2019
Gunpowder on dry fresco
122 x 244 cm

Photo by Wen-You Cai, courtesy Cai Studio.

Erotic Plant No.1
2019
Gunpowder on canvas
80 x 50 cm

© Amedeo Benestante

Erotic Plant No.2
2019
Gunpowder on canvas
35 x 50 cm

© Amedeo Benestante

Venus on Silk
2019
Gunpowder on silk
340 x 170 cm

Photo by Wen-You Cai, courtesy Cai Studio.

Marble Bird
2019
Gunpowder on marble
58 x 50 cm

© Amedeo Benestante

Camorra Test
2018-2019
Gunpowder on plaster, marble, glass, ceramics, terracota, brick, concrete, wire, canvas
Dimensions variable

Photo by Wen-You Cai, courtesy Cai Studio.

Fruit Plate of Pompeii
2019
Gunpowder on canvas
80 x 80 cm

Photo by Yvonne Zhao, courtesy Cai Studio.

Marble Erotica
2019
Gunpowder on canvas
57 x 47 cm

Photo by Yvonne Zhao, courtesy Cai Studio.

Shunga Puppet Show
2019
Printed OHP sheet, wire
Set of 5 pieces; each 20 x 20 cm

Photo by Wen-You Cai, courtesy Cai Studio.

Big Bang
2019
Gunpowder on marble
100 x 187 cm

© Amedeo Benestante

Second Floor

Exhibition view, National Archaeological Museum of Naples, 2019. Photos by Wen-You Cai and Amedeo Benestante.

Memory of Pompeii: Terracotta
2019
Gunpowder on terracotta, ropes, iron frame
Frame: 300 x 150 x 250 cm

© Amedeo Benestante

Memory of Pompeii: Glass No.2
2019
Gunpowder on glass
Dimensions variable

Photo by Wen-You Cai, courtesy Cai Studio

Memory of Pompeii: Glass No.1
2019
Gunpowder on glass
300 x 150 cm

© Amedeo Benestante

Origin
2019
Gunpowder on wooden boat and oars
Boat: 420 x 150 x 60 cm

Photo by Wen-You Cai, courtesy Cai Studio

Mount Vesuvius
2019
Gunpowder on canvas
80 x 80 cm

© Amedeo Benestante

Family
2019
Gunpowder on canvas
200 x 200 cm

© Amedeo Benestante

Palette of Pompeii
2019
Gunpowder on terracotta, mounted wooden platform
300 x 150 cm

© Amedeo Benestante