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‘Falling Back to Earth’, is the first solo exhibition by Cai Guo-Qiang at the Gallery and invokes the spirit of Tao Yuanming (Tao Qian, 365–427), an ancient scholar–official who turned his back on government duty and returned ‘home’ to a life of reclusion in nature. His poems of rustic living and rural utopia have inspired Chinese brush‑and‑ink painters for centuries. In this exhibition, the shift of emphasis in Cai’s work is away from gunpowder drawings and explosion events (representing the symbiosis of destruction/creation) and towards a more grounded engagement, with motifs drawn from the natural world. Read more on our blog
Image: Cai Guo-Qiang, b.1957 China / Installation view of Heritage 2013 / Commissioned for ‘Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth’, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2013 / Purchased for the Queensland Art Gallery Collection with funds from the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Diversity Foundation through and with the assistance of the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery
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 Queensland Art Gallery collaborated with Cai on one of its first interactive projects for children, and we are very excited to celebrate this milestone by presenting ‘Let’s create an exhibition with a boy named Cai’ at the Children’s Art Centre over summer 2013–14.
The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art gratefully acknowledges the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation for making Let’s create an exhibition with a boy named Cai possible. The Children’s Art Centre is sponsored by Santos GLNG Project.
Here’s a peek of Heritage so we don’t spoil it for you.
This installation of 99 replicas of animals from around the world, gathered together to drink from a single waterhole, is based on an image that came to Cai Guo-Qiang while visiting North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah), off the coast of Brisbane.
This pristine environment embodies Cai’s perception of Australia as a ‘last paradise’. The allegorical nature of this work is heightened by Cai’s play with realism, with the animals’ sizes and forms slightly exaggerated for dramatic effect.The number of animals is also symbolic: nine and 99 recur frequently in Cai’s work. Nine represents ‘long-lasting’ in Chinese numerology, while 99 suggests for the artist something that is not quite complete, providing a sense of insufficiency and expectation.
Heritage 2013 commissioned for ‘Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth’, 2013 | Purchased with funds from the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Diversity Foundation through and with the assistance of the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery
Drop by the ‘Tea Pavilion’ in the heart of ‘Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth’ and join tea consultant May King Tsang in the contemporary ‘gongfu’ tea ceremony featuring organic Tie Guan Yin tea from Anxi, Fujian Provence, China. 10am – 4pm this weekend, then Sundays 1pm and 2pm.
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