Los Angeles, 9 March 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
ARTinfo declared that Cai Guo-Qiang will perform his last “explosive” work of art ― part of his Projects for Extraterrestrials series ― at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Los Angeles on 7 April 2012. His installation-performances ― consisting of fireworks ― are always spectacular.
Born in 1957 in Quanzhou (China), Cai Guo-Qiang was trained as a designer at the Shanghai Theater Academy. A multidisciplinary artist, he worked and lived in New York and learned numerous means of expression, footage, acting performance, installations and illustrations. Between 1986 and 1995, he lived in Japan and began to incorporate gunpowder into his illustrations, leading him to experiment with the greater explosions that become the artist’s hallmarks. He won many prizes, notably the Gold lion of the Venice Biennale of 1999, the Hiroshima Art Prize in 2007 and more recently the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in 2009. As an important artist on the international scene, he enjoyed a private exhibition in 2008 at the Guggenheim Museum.