The Chinese artist Cai Guo-Giang is currently presenting his work in his first solo show in Australia. Such exhibition is taking place in the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) in Brisbane from the 23rd of November, and will remain open to public until the 14th of May. The exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth brings together impressive and unique art installations, transforming the gallery space and attracting visitors to interact with the art pieces.
Aci Guo-Qiang at Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth in GOMA, Brisbane. Source: Cai Gou-Qiang
Cai Guo-Qiang is a very experienced Chinese artist based in New York whose artworks are located in different institutional and private collections worldwide. Over the past 25 years Cai Guo-Qiang has exhibited his work in some of the most prestigious institutions in the art market, such as the Guggenheim Museum or the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Moreover, Gou-Qiang has already exhibited his work in Australia in two occasions at the Asia Pacific Triennial.
Cai Guo-Qiang installation at Guggenheim New York 2008. Source: Nihil Alienum
Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth presents fantastic art pieces and among them there are two large installations, Heritage 2013 and Head On, which bring together a vast number of animal replicas fabricated at a studio in Fujian Province in China under the artist supervision.
The installation Heritage 2013, which was exclusively created for this show and inspired on the Australian landscape, has nearly brought to life 99 animals around a lake. The water whole was excavated on the floor of the gallery in order to make possible the artist intention. Such magnificent piece has been already purchased by the Queensland Art Gallery Collection in order to keep Cai Guo-Qiang’s as part of Australia’s cultural heritage.
Heritage 2013 by Cai Guo-Qiang at GOMA Brisbane. Source: QAGOMA
Head On is part of Deutsche Bank Collection and is located in the Guggenheim Museum in Berlin. Such art piece, which was created in 2006, was built with a pack of 99 life-like wolfs hanging from the ceiling and running through an invisible space inside the gallery.
Head On by Cai Guo-Qiang at GOMA, Brisbane. Source: Cai Gou-Qiang
These works mean a shift in the artist’s career from the ‘cosmos-focus’ to a vision of the human relationship with the earth and with other human beings, entering a more physical world.
If you have the chance to go to Brisbane don not miss this fantastic exhibition.
Have a very nice week!