QAGOMA previews ‘Falling Back to Earth’ in Shanghai
Thursday 12 September 2013 Share FacebookDelicious Email

1a_72dpix570pxwCai Guo-Qiang and QAGOMA Director Chris Saines on the Bund, Shanghai, 2013  | Photography: Jin Ou, courtesy Cai Studio

Last week, QAGOMA staged its first ever international launch and press preview for ‘Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth‘. Gallery Director Chris Saines was joined in Shanghai by artist Cai Guo-Qiang as they introduced Chinese press to the impending wonders and major new commissions to feature in Cai’s solo exhibition – the first in Australia, which opens at GOMA from November 23.

2_72dpix570pxwPress conference for ‘Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth’ exhibition, Shanghai, 2013 | Photography: Jin Ou, courtesy Cai Studio

Following an introduction by Australian Consul-General in Shanghai Ms Alice Cawte, Chris gave attending media a brief history of our two-site museum, with a focus on the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT), the exhibition series  which helped forge the robust working relationship between Cai and the Gallery.

3_72dpix570pxwCai Guo-Qiang speaking at the press conference for Falling Back to Earth exhibition, Shanghai, 2013 | Photography: Jin Ou, courtesy Cai Studio

Cai spoke in detail about his history with the Queensland Art Gallery, dating back to his inclusion in the second and third APT exhibitions in 1996 and 1999. The latter included his contribution to the first ever Kids’ APT, and was a landmark for his own interest in contemporary art projects for children. This field of his practice has extended into many of Cai’s projects since, and an interactive children’s project will be an essential part of ‘Falling Back to Earth’ when it opens in November.

He also discussed the two breathtaking new installations that will debut in Brisbane: the wondrous Heritage, an assembly of 99  animal sculptures gathered around a watering hole, and Eucalyptus, a meditative response to the ancient trees of Lamington National Park in the Gold Coast hinterland.

4_72dpix570pxwCai Guo-Qiang being interviewed at the press conference for Falling Back to Earth exhibition, Shanghai, 2013 | Photography: Jin Ou, courtesy Cai Studio

Two of the 99 animals from the Heritage menagerie have already arrived in Brisbane, and a sneak peek of Cai working on some of the others can be seen here

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6_72dpix570pxwElements of Cai Guo-Qiang Heritage 2013 in Conservation workshop at QAGOMA | Photography: QAGOMA

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