Art star Cai Guo-Qiang reveals Queensland inspiration

5 Sep 2013 2:23 PMJann Stuckey

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Chinese tourists are being encouraged to experience the beauty of Queensland and the breathtaking new art it has inspired as part of the first exhibition in Australia by leading international contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang.

Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said the exhibition Falling Back to Earth was a unique opportunity for visitors to the state to experience a leading contemporary artist’s large-scale response to Queensland’s natural wonders.

“By having an internationally celebrated artist Cai Guo-Qiang interpret Queensland’s spectacular environment in a world-class venue, this exhibition exemplifies our DestinationQ strategy, which recognises cultural tourism as a priority niche market,” Ms Stuckey said.

“China is currently Queensland’s second largest and fastest growing international market and we look forward to welcoming many visitors to Brisbane this summer.”

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Director Chris Saines joined Cai Guo-Qiang in Shanghai to announce details of the exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) from 23 November 2013 to 11 May 2014.

Video messages from Ms Stuckey and Arts Minister Ian Walker will be shown at a special event for Chinese media and tourism operators, appealing to international art lovers to follow in Cai Guo-Qiang’s footsteps and experience Queensland hospitality.

Arts Minister Ian Walker said Cai’s long term relationship with the Gallery, which dates from the second Asia Pacific Triennial in 1996, had allowed QAGOMA to secure the artist’s first solo Australian exhibition.

“Cai’s new work Heritage 2013, a stunning installation of 99 life-like animal sculptures gathered around a watering hole in GOMA’s largest gallery, is inspired by the artist’s visit to Stradbroke Island with his family,” Mr Walker said.

A meditative second new work will fill GOMA’s iconic Long Gallery, inspired by Cai’s time amongst the ancient trees of Lamington National Park and the Daintree rainforest.

The exhibition is presented by Tourism and Events Queensland. Santos GLNG Project is Presenting Sponsor; and Audi is Principal Sponsor.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth, is exclusively at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) from 23 November 2013 to 21 April 2014. Tickets are on-sale now via ( )

[ENDS] 5 September 2013