Cai Guo-Qiang ‘Heritage’ inspired by Queensland’s North Stradbroke Island

The major installation work Heritage, a ‘last paradise’ inspired by Queensland’s North Stradbroke Island, moves visitors with the symbolism behind the work. On first encountering Cai Guo-Qiang’s 2013 installation, many visitors gasp in awe and surprise, a visceral response that is at once sensory and emotional. While many contemporary works of art evoke a sense…

Cai Guo-Qiang: At one with the universe

Leaving his Chinese hometown of Quanzhou, Cai Guo-Qiang began wandering the world to experience life outside China. Around three decades later, the powerhouse artist is riding the crest of his career, and has created an enigmatic exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) involving two brand new commissions. ‘Falling Back to Earth’, the first…

Who is Cai Guo-Qiang?

The Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) presents ‘Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth’, a major exhibition by one of the world’s most significant contemporary artists, from 23 November 2013 to 11 May 2014. For his first solo exhibition in Australia, Cai Guo-Qiang shifts his focus away from the cosmos and back to the Earth we…

Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth

Cai Guo-Qiang made significant contributions to QAGOMA’s Asia Pacific Triennials in 1996 and 1999, with his memorable gunpowder drawing (illustrated) and bamboo bridge across the Watermall (illustrated). He was also involved in the first Kids’ APT in 1999, with his bridge-making activity. It is this close association between Cai and the Gallery over the past…

Huang Yong Ping ‘Ressort’: A gigantic snake skeleton

The Gallery commissioned and acquired one of the signature works of The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7), Ressort 2012, a sculpture by the Chinese–French artist Huang Yong Ping. The gigantic aluminium snake skeleton that spirals 53 metres across the Watermall, Ressort 2012 was a fitting centrepiece for APT7. This is not only…