Falling back to earth:
A unique exhibition
The exhibition "Falling back to Earth" of World famous Chinese artist
Cai Guo Qiang opened on November 23, 2013 and will conclude on May 11 at
the Gallery of Modern Art in the city of Brisbane.
Painter Cai Guo
A view of Heritage
It is unique exhibition which has only four major installations. The
gallery underwent major changes to accommodate the exhibition over a
long period. Several tons of concrete had to be removed digging the
floor to build a large pond inside the gallery. The exhibition includes
four major installations in four sections of the gallery. They are
titled "Heritage Eucalyptus, Head On and, Tea Pavilion."
Cai Guo, 56 was born in China on December 8, 1957. Over the past 25
years he has created a unique body of work characterised by the
grandness of its scale and ambition. Cai's installations, social
projects, gun powder drawings and explosion events have been presented
in prestigious museums and public space throughout the world."
His recent solo exhibitions of this nature had been held in Brasilia,
Sao Rio de Jeneiro, Brazil in 2013 Copenhagen in 2012 Arab Museum of
Modern Arts, at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Cai served as
Director of visual and special effects at the summer Olympics Beijing
and has won several prestigious awards.
In 2012 he was awarded Praemium Imperiale for painting by Japan and
also the Medal of arts award by the US State Department. He was honoured
in his own country with the Golden Lion award. He was inspired by the
Chinese leader Mao Zedong and his cultural revolution to engage in his
creative work. One key speciality of Cai is his use of gun powder for
his artistic work. Once Cai created 1,0000 metre long work creating the
"Great Wall of China" and when it was fired it lit for 15 minutes
Replicas of animals
Heritage 2013 is held in a vast space and a stunning silence prevails
though there were several people viewing the exhibition. Walls were all
empty and in this art gallery is a huge pond. It has 99 replicas of
animals of the world, gathered together to drink from a single
waterhole. The animals look so real and how they have been created is
Cai explains why he has 99 animals. One is his respect for Chinese
numerology in which the nine represents "Long lasting". Then the other
point is that 99 suggests for the artist something that is not quite
This is a similar large space where walls are all empty and here
again there are 99 replicas of Wolfs. Cai says it was the Berlin's
turbulent history, the Berlin wall that divided the country inspired him
to create 'Head on'. The activity of the wolfs according to Cia also
depicts "Gaining power and momentum through unity."
The 99 wolfs and the other 99 animals look so real anyone could carry
the impression that they are stuffed animals. "There isn't any real
animal material like skin, hair or nails or bone.... this is all
artificial", Cai said.