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duminică, 30 ianuarie 2011

Cai Guo-Qiang @ Arttaste

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, 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, exemplified in the series Projects for Extraterrestrials. Wildly poetic and ambitious at their core, these events aim to establish an exchange between viewers and the larger universe around them. His large-scale installations, which have drawn upon Eastern philosophy and contemporary social issues as a conceptual basis, utilize a site-specific approach to culture and history. Cai quickly achieved international prominence during his residence in Japan. Since 1995, he has lived in New York.

Cai was awarded the Japan Cultural Design Prize in 1995 and the Golden Lion at the 48th Venice Biennale in 1999. His solo exhibition at Mass MoCA won Best Monographic Museum Show, and Inopportune: Stage One won Best Installation or Single Work in a Museum from the International Association of Art Critics, New England in 2005. Two years later, he was awarded the 7th Hiroshima Art Prize. Cai 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 and the Director of firework festivities for China’s 60th National Day in 2009. In 2010 he was the Fireworks Artistic Director for the Republic of China Centennial.

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