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Cai Guo-Qiang

China

For video of Cai Guo-Qiang sharing his ACC story, please click here.

Grants Awarded

2006 | Arts, General | China

to participate in an activity undertaken by ACC grantee: Long March Foundation

1995 | Visual Art | United States

to participate in the International Studio Program at the Institute of Contemporary Art, P.S. 1, in New York in 1995-96

Events

Exhibition / Japan

Art Island

July 28, 2015 - September 6, 2015

Art Island, an online art and educational game platform is what Cai has initiated with the long-term goal of fostering creativity, mutual understanding and peace in the East Asian region.

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Grantee: Cai Guo-Qiang

Exhibition / Japan

Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2015

July 26, 2015 - September 13, 2015

The 6th Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale highlights artworks representing creative approaches and techniques as well as devices to appreciate those that have been cultivated by people over generations. This constitutes an alternative “art” for the 21th century, going beyond existing definitions of art.

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Grantees: Cai Guo-Qiang, Hiraishi Hirokazu, Tsuneda Keiko, Yanaihara Mikuni, Navin Rawanchaikul, Hitsujiya Shirotama, Kawamata Tadashi, Kaihatsu Yoshiaki

Exhibition / Japan

Time Present - Photography from the Deutsche Bank

September 12, 2015 - January 11, 2016

This exhibition presents a panorama of photographic art made between 1970 and 2010 from the Deutsche Bank Collection. The show features some 40 artists (and a total of approx. 60 works) who are active within their respective cultural and social milieus. The artists are from Germany, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.Through their works, the show hopes to cast a spotlight on contemporary photographic expression as it exists within the ever accelerating wave of globalization.

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Grantees: Cai Guo-Qiang, Yanagi Miwa

Exhibition / Qatar

What About the Art? Contemporary Art from China

March 14, 2016 - July 16, 2016

Internationally acclaimed New York-based Chinese artist and ACC Fellow, Cai Guo-Qiang, curated an exhibition featuring 15 contemporary Chinese artists working across disciplines and multiple media. What About the Art? presents each artist in individual galleries, a curatorial approach exemplifying each artist's unique language and methodology and highlighting the distinctive creative pursuit of each individual participant. 

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Grantees: Cai Guo-Qiang, Wang Jianwei, Liu Wei, Hu Xiangqian, Jennifer Wen Ma

Image courtesy of Cai Studio.
Special Event / United States

Skyladder

October 10, 2016

Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang (China, 2016) directed by Kevin Macdonald. Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald chronicles the making of the rip-across-the-sky fireworks of world-renowned contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang. This portrait of an artist’s process fuses family and history to Cai’s spectacularly expressive art of gunpowder pyrotechnics.

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Grantee: Cai Guo-Qiang

Exhibition / Russia

Cai Guo-Qiang: October

September 13, 2017 - December 11, 2017

In September 2017, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts will present leading international contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang’s first solo exhibition in Russia: Cai Guo-Qiang: October. A reflection on the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the ambitious body of work originally created for the exhibition will transform the main exhibition areas of the museum.

The exhibition is a comprehensive introduction of the artist’s diverse yet distinctive practice to the Russian art world and local audiences. Artworks include large-scale outdoor and indoor installations, gunpowder paintings, a multi-media video installation, and small-scale sculptures and sketches.

Cai Guo-Qiang received an ACC Fellowship in 1995 for an artist residency at the International Studio Program at the Institute of Contemporary Art, P.S. 1, in New York.

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Grantee: Cai Guo-Qiang

Exhibition / Japan

Asia Corridor Contemporary Art Exhibition

August 19, 2017 - October 15, 2017

Asia Corridor Contemporary Art Exhibition will take place at Kyoto Art Center and Nijo Castle and includes work by 25 internationally renowned artists from Japan, China and South Korea. 7 of the aratist are ACC grantees.


This exhibition will allow visitors to experience the quality and intensity of contemporary art in the cultural city of Kyoto with work by artists that pioneer new frontiers and transcend national identities through the universal approaches of art.

 

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Grantees: Miyanaga Aiko, Yang Fudong, Cai Guo-Qiang, Yanagi Miwa, Ozawa Tsuyoshi, Lu Yang, Kusama Yayoi

Exhibition / United States

Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World

October 6, 2017 - January 7, 2018

The largest showcase of contemporary Chinese art from 1989 – 2008 in North America, surveying the development of Chinese experimental art from the end of Cold War to the age of globalization and China’s rise on the world stage. Works in the exhibition illustrate the role of artists as both agents and skeptics of China’s global presence against the political, social, and cultural transitions in the past two decades.

This exhibition is part of Asia Contemporary Art Week, October 5-26 in New York City. The work of six ACC grantees are included in this exhibition.

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Grantees: Song Dong, Cai Guo-Qiang, Wang Jianwei, Zhang Peili, Liu Wei, Yin Xiuzhen

Exhibition

The Spirit of Painting. Cai Guo-Qiang at the Prado

October 25, 2017 - March 4, 2018

Cai Guo-Qiang is the first contemporary artist to create on-site at the Prado. This is his first solo exhibition solely focused on painting in over 30 years.

This exhibition, which arises from Cai Guo-Qiang’s ongoing dialogue with El Greco and in which he establishes a relationship with the great masters represented in the Prado, comprises nearly 30 paintings made with gunpowder; eight of them ignited on-site at the Salón de Reinos. Also on view are an oil and an acrylic created at the start of his activities as a painter; and various sketches and drawings on matchboxes by his father, Cai Ruiqin, who steered him towards painting.

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Grantee: Cai Guo-Qiang