Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Cai Guo-Qiang

This weekend, Daniel and I visited the Taipei Fine Arts Museum which featured, almost solely, the works of Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang (pronounced Tsai Guo-Chiang). We learned about the exhibit from our friends Suzannah and Aaron who checked it out a few weeks ago. Having already planned to visit Taipei on Sunday, we decided to stop by.

Known most recently as the mastermind behind the Footprints fireworks at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, his art has been drawing a bigger crowd everywhere he goes, as he often creates a new piece in front of a live audience at the featuring venue.

His exhibit at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum includes installation art as well, gun powder paintings, and a visual biography of his life and achievements. All of his works have some sort of political or social commentary, which makes the whole experience that much more interesting.

Check out this video of one of his gun powder paintings.

Also, those friends located in the Philadelphia area, he has a solo exhibit that just opened at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Fabric Workshop Museum. Definitely recommend checking it out.

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