Cai Guo-Qiang: Gunpowder Art

Event date
2 Sep 2020 to 13 Sep 2020
Event time
10:00 - 17:00
Venue
Gallery 11: Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
Beaumont Street
Oxford
OX1 2PH
Event type
Exhibitions
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Required

Free display, Gallery 11

Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang (b. 1957) is best-known for his gunpowder explosion events staged in public spaces worldwide and, in particular, for his firework display for the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

This exhibition focuses on the artist’s smaller-scale works, exploring the presence of Chinese culture in his art through the mediums of painting, drawing, and gunpowder on canvas, paper and silk. Learn about the significance behind the materials Cai Guo-Qiang chooses to work with, as well as the ways he adapts them to explore his own central themes of creation, destruction and chance.