Artist

Cai Guo-Qiang

Cai Guo-Qiang
Cai Guo-Qiang

Cai Guo-Qiang was trained in stage design at the Shanghai Theater Academy, and 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 Japan Cultural Design Prize in 1995 and the Golden Lion at the 48th Venice Biennale in 1999. In the following years, he has received the 7th Hiroshima Art Prize (2007), the 20th Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize (2009), and AICA’s first place for Best Project in a Public Space for Cai Guo-Qiang: Fallen Blossoms (2010). He also held the distinguished position as Director of Visual and Special Effects for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
The Red Bean Grows in the South
The inaugural exhibition of Faurschou Foundation's new venue in New York City.
15 Dec 2019 - 01 Apr 2020
Faurschou Foundation New York
New York
Exhibitions
The Shape of Time
In collaboration with Gisèle Croës Arts d’Extrême-Orient, Gagosian Hong Kong is pleased to present...
26 Nov 2015 - 09 Jan 2016
Gagosian Gallery Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Exhibitions
The Great Animal Orchestra
From July 2, 2016 to January 8, 2017, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain presents “The...
02 Jul 2016 - 08 Jan 2017
Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain
Paris
Exhibitions
The End Of The World
On the occasion of its reopening, the Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art presents the exhibition...
16 Oct 2016 - 19 Mar 2017
Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci
Prato
Exhibitions
The Spirit of Painting: Cai Guo-Qiang at the Prado
For the first time in the museum history, el Prado is showcasing a major exhibition of contemporary artist...
25 Oct 2017 - 04 Mar 2018
Madrid
Exhibitions
The Red Bean Grows in the South
Featuring major large-scale and experiential works —many from the Foundation’s Collection—by a...
03 Nov 2019 - 11 Apr 2020
Faurschou Foundation New York
New York
Art Spaces
Galleria Continua
Galleries in Chianti, San Gimignano, Volterra
Galleria Continua Beijing
Galleries in Beijing
Yang Gallery Singapore
Galleries in Singapore