Brisbane to host Australia’s first Cai Guo-Qiang exhibition

20 Mar 2013 11:11 AMJann Stuckey

Monday, March 18, 2013

Brisbane will be the first city in Australia to host the inaugural solo exhibition of leading international contemporary artist, Cai Guo-Qiang, at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). 

Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Minister Jann Stuckey said it was a real coup for Brisbane to host the event which will run from 23 November 2013.

“This exclusive exhibition will attract interest from interstate and overseas,” Ms Stuckey said.

“This is the first time a leading international, contemporary artist has been given free rein to transform GOMA’s gallery spaces for its summer blockbuster, and the results are set to be spectacular.

“Cai’s Queensland-inspired works will provide visitors with an opportunity to see one-off pieces which draw upon our local landscape, history and culture, linking to the artist’s Chinese heritage.

“Our DestinationQ strategy recognises cultural tourism as a priority niche market, and securing exclusive exhibitions like Cai Guo-Qiang will strengthen Brisbane’s reputation as a premier cultural destination.

“Last year’s Hamburg Season saw sell-out performances and drew an audience close to 17,000 from across Australia, with more than a third of the total audience from outside Brisbane.”

Arts Minister Ian Walker said the Chinese-born, New York-based artist was best known as the Director of Visual and Special Effects for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics.

“It’s another feather in Brisbane’s cultural cap to have Cai Guo-Qiang as GOMA’s major summer exhibition for 2013–14.  Cai is one of the most senior and respected contemporary artists in the world,” Mr Walker said.

“Cai has a wonderful relationship with the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, creating major works for the second and third Asia Pacific Triennials of Contemporary Art in 1996 and 1999.

“The Queensland Art Gallery was one of the first public institutions to collect his work, and one of the very first artist projects developed by the Gallery’s Children’s Art Centre was in collaboration with Cai.

“It’s a very large work which will encompass all of GOMA’s ground floor. It will include the artist’s signature 2006 work Head On, two new major site-specific works commissioned by the Gallery and inspired by his recent travels through Queensland, as well as an interactive Children’s Art Centre project.”

[ENDS] 18 March 2013