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See the fabulous works of Cai Quo Qiang
The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) will be presenting the Terracotta Warriors and Cai Geo-Qiang until the 13th October 2019 from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.

This is a double presentation of Chinese art and culture past and present. The Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series at the National Gallery of Victoria presents China's ancient Terracotta Warriors alongside a display of new works by one of the world's most exciting contemporary artists, Cai Guo-Qiang.

Cai Guo-Qiang has multi-disciplinary practice and is "conceptually grounded in contemporary social issues and his lifelong interest in Eastern philosophy as a means to inquire into our relationship with the universe."

He exposes traditional Chinese materials, paper, porcelain and silk to gunpowder explosions while using a series of live ignitions. 'Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape' presents a new lot of work which comes about by the history, places and culture that served as the backdrop to the reign of China's first emperor Qin Shihuang.

'Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality' is a big-scale showcase of the Qin Emperor's Terracotta Warriors. This was discovered in 1974 in China's Shaanxi province, and was regarded as one of the greatest archaeological finds of the twentieth century and indeed, the widely described as the eighth wonder of the world!

Presented in parallel, 'Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape', sees contemporary artist, Cai Guo-Qiang, create all-new artworks inspired by his home country's culture. It is including a monumental installation of 10,000 suspended porcelain birds.

The cost is $30 for adults and you can find out more and book direct at this link.

About Ciao
Cai Guo-Qiang was born in 1957 in Quanzhou, China. He was trained in stage design at the Shanghai Theatre Academy from 1981 to 1985. His work has then crossed multiple mediums within art including drawing, installation, video, and performance.

Cai began to experiment with gunpowder in his hometown Quanzhou and then started exploring its properties while living in Japan from 1986 to 1995. This line of queries eventually led to the development of his signature outdoor explosion events! He always drew upon Eastern philosophy and contemporary social issues as a conceptual basis, and his artworks "respond to culture and history and establish an exchange between viewers and the larger universe around them." His explosion art and installations introduced with a force that made the two-dimensional plane to engage with society and nature.

Cai was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 1999, the Hiroshima Art Prize in 2007, and the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in 2009. In 2012. He was honoured as a Laureate for the prestigious Praemium Imperiale, and this, in turn, achieved him the arts across categories not covered by the Nobel Prize. In the same year, he was named as one of the five artists to receive the first U.S. Department of State Medal of Arts for his outstanding commitment to international cultural exchange.

He has also won other awards as well in several countries and he currently lives and works in New York.

You can find out more at this link.
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Why? to see the two parallel shows
When: to 13th October 2019
Where: 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Cost: $30
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