Cai Guo-Qiang: Now open

Beijing Games: Sketches and Video
Friday 6 July – Friday 31 August
the greenhouse

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The Art and Islands Foundation in association with the Guernsey Arts Commission have invited one of today’s leading Chinese artists to visit Guernsey. Cai Quo-Qiang was the Director of Visual and Special Effects for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Four years on and to coincide with the London Olympics, Art and Islands together with the GAC have organised an exhibition of some 30 sketches that Cai produced for these two ceremonies. Sponsored by Hiscox Insurance these drawings and video projection will be on display in the greenhouse from 10 July until the end of August. While in Guernsey Cai, besides attending the official opening of his exhibition will also be visiting various locations in around the Bailiwick, with the idea of realising a major ‘pan islands’ project in 2014.

Cai will be in Guernsey on Monday 23 – Wednesday 25 July before attending the London Olympics. There is a full programme of event surrounding his visit, which can be found here.

You can also find listings for the events here. This is a superb opportunity to meet and learn about the work of a world-renowned artist. We look forward to seeing you there!

About the artist
Cai Guo-Qiang was born in 1957 in Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China. Trained in stage design at the Shanghai Theatre Academy, his work has since crossed multiple mediums within art, including drawing, installation, video and performance art. While living in Japan from 1986 to 1995, he explored the properties of gunpowder in his drawings, an inquiry that eventually led to his experimentation with explosives on a massive scale and to the development of his signature explosion events. Drawing upon Eastern philosophy and contemporary social issues as a conceptual basis, these projects and events aim to establish an exchange between viewers and the larger universe around them, utilizing a site-specific approach to culture and history.

About the Art and Islands Foundation
Keen to celebrate that sense of ‘place’ the Art and Islands Foundation aims to promote the Bailiwick as an art destination by inviting leading artists from around the world to work on, and respond to, the islands. It believes that such an initiative will enrich the texture and quality of island life, stimulate the economy and raise the profile of the islands internationally.

For more information get in touch with the Guernsey Arts Commission Team by calling 01481 709747 or by emailing [email protected]

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