Commissioning ‘Heritage’: An installation by Cai Guo-Qiang

Over a period of six years from 2008, QAGOMA and New York-based Chinese artist Cai Guo- Qiang developed and realised the spectacular and meditative art installation Heritage 2013 — a beautiful, thought-provoking vision of our relationship with the earth and with each other. A highly collaborative undertaking, the artwork comprises 99 life-sized imitation animals from…

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

‏Purchased for the Collection in 2013 with generous support from the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Diversity Foundation, this major installation work, a ‘last paradise’ inspired by Queensland’s North Stradbroke Island, moves visitors with the symbolism behind the work. Heritage On first encountering Cai Guo-Qiang’s 2013 installation Heritage, many visitors gasp in awe and surprise,…

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 GOMA involving two brand new commissions. Dr Claire Roberts elaborates on the artist’s inspirations and achievements. ‘Falling…

Creating art together with Cai Guo-Qiang

In 2013, the Gallery marks 15 years of developing interactive exhibitions for children, and worked towards an exciting Children’s Art Centre project with one of today’s most celebrated international artists. To regular visitors, Cai Guo-Qiang’s project for children will not be the first they have encountered. Back in 1999, for the inaugural Kids’ APT, the…

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…

QAGOMA previews ‘Falling Back to Earth’ in Shanghai

Last week, QAGOMA staged its first ever international launch and press preview for ‘Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth’. Gallery Director Chris Saines was joined in Shanghai by artist Cai Guo-Qiang as they introduced Chinese press to the impending wonders and major new commissions to feature in Cai’s solo exhibition – the first in Australia, which opens…