Cai Guo-Qiang

Cai Guo-Qiang was born in 1957 in Quanzhou City, Fujian Province, China. Trained in stage design at the Shanghai Theatre Academy, his work has since crossed multiple mediums within art, including drawing, installation, video and performance art. While living in Japan from 1986 to 1995, he explored the properties of gunpowder in his drawings, an inquiry that eventually led to his experimentation with explosives on a massive scale and to the development of his signature explosion events. Drawing upon Eastern philosophy and contemporary social issues as a conceptual basis, these projects and events aim to establish an exchange between viewers and the larger universe around them, utilizing a site-specific approach to culture and history. Cai was awarded the Golden lion at the Venice Biennale in 1991 and the Hiroshima Art Prize in 2007. In 2008 he was the subject of a retrospective at the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York – the city where he currently works and lives.

Cai Guo-Qiang Beijing Games: Sketches and Video Exhibition

Cai Guo-Qiang CIMoCA

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