Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth
Cai Guo-Qiang in front of gunpowder drawing Yellow Peonies, New York, 2012 | Photo by Shu-Wen Lin, courtesy Cai Studio
Cai Guo-Qiang, b.1957 China / Installation view of Heritage 2013 / Commissioned for ‘Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth’, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2013 / Purchased for the Queensland Art Gallery Collection with funds from the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Diversity Foundation through and with the assistance of the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery
23 November 2013 – 11 May 2014 | Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) | Brisbane only | Ticketed
The year’s most anticipated exhibition at GOMA is from a truly global artist whose dramatic installations and explosion events have made him one of the most innovative figures in contemporary art. Over the past 25 years, Cai Guo Qiang has held solo exhibitions at some of the world’s most prestigious art institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in New York. Following recent exhibitions in Qatar, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Rio de Janeiro and Venice, QAGOMA is excited to present ‘Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth’ — the artist’s first solo exhibition in Australia and a GOMA exclusive.
‘Falling Back to Earth’, presented by Tourism and Events Queensland and Santos GLNG Project, features three major installations, including two newly commissioned works directly inspired by the landscapes of southeast Queensland, which the artist visited in 2011. The centrepiece of the exhibition — Heritage 2013 — features 99 replicas of animals from around the world, gathered together to drink from a blue lake surrounded by pristine white sand, reminiscent of the lakes of Moreton Bay’s islands. Heritage has been acquired for the Gallery’s Collection with the generous support of the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Diversity Foundation through and with the assistance of the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation. The second installation, Eucalyptus 2013 responds to the ancient trees of Lamington National Park in the Gold Coast hinterland, while the third — Head On 2006 — is a striking installation of 99 artificial wolves leaping en masse into a glass wall, on display in Australia for the first time.
Promising to be both spectacular and meditative, and presenting a beautiful, thought-provoking vision of our relationship with the earth and with each other, ‘Falling Back to Earth’ is the must-see exhibition of the summer.
‘Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth’ is not a timed ticketed exhibition. You are able to enter the exhibition anytime between 10am-4pm daily, with the exhibition and Gallery closing at 5pm. There is no restriction on the amount of time you spend in the space during the Gallery opening hours, you can even get a pass-out to re-enter the same day if you wish.
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Cai Guo-Qiang Kids: Let's Create an Exhibition with a Boy Named Cai
Children’s Art Centre, Gallery 1.4, GOMA | Free
Young visitors learn about and participate in artist Cai Guo-Qiang’s exciting working methods to create their own exhibition. Make and display objects in miniature gallery spaces, create spectacular multimedia gunpowder drawings and fireworks events and watch a short film written by Cai Guo-Qiang about art and adventure.
Also available is a beautifully illustrated story book developed in collaboration with Cai Guo-Qiang and published as part of the Gallery’s award-winning series of Children's Art Centre publications. Read more.
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