The year’s most anticipated exhibition at GOMA is from a truly global artist whose dramatic installations and explosion events have made him one of the most innovative figures in contemporary art.
Over the past 25 years, Cai Guo-Qiang has held solo exhibitions at some of the world’s most prestigious art institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in New York. Following recent exhibitions in Qatar, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Rio de Janeiro and Venice, GOMA is excited to present ‘Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth’ - the artist’s first solo exhibition in the country, exclusive to Brisbane.
‘Falling Back to Earth’ features three major installations, including two newly commissioned works directly inspired by the landscapes of southeast Queensland, which the artist visited in 2011. The centrepiece of the exhibition - Heritage 2013 - features 99 replicas of animals from around the world, gathered together to drink from a blue lake surrounded by pristine white sand, reminiscent of the lakes of Moreton Bay’s islands.
The second installation, Eucalyptus 2013 responds to the ancient trees of Lamington National Park in the Gold Coast hinterland, while the third ---- Head On 2006 ---- is a striking installation of 99 artificial wolves leaping en masse into a glass wall, on display in Australia for the first time. The exhibition also includes an interactive project created especially by the artist for the Children’s Art Centre.
Promising to be both spectacular and meditative, and presenting a beautiful, thought-provoking vision of our relationship with the earth and with each other, ‘Falling Back to Earth’ is the must-see exhibition of the summer.
Also showing at GOMA’s sister site, the Queensland Art Gallery, during this time is ‘California Design 1960-1965: Living in a Modern Way’. See both exhibitions with a discounted joint ticket from 23 November to 9 February.
Image: Cai Guo-Qiang / 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.
When: 23 November 2013 – 11 May 2014
Where: Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), South Bank, Brisbane
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