CAI Guo-Qiang 1957–


日本では、香川県直島で各国の人々がジャグジー風呂につかる《文化大混浴》(1998)、広島の原爆ドーム付近で黒い花火を打ち上げた《黒い花火:広島のためのプロジェクト》(2008)を展開するほか、20年に及ぶ交流のある福島県いわき市では、いわきの「廃船」を使った作品なども手がける。1999年 第48回ヴェネチア・ビエンナーレ金獅子賞、2007年第7回ヒロシマ賞、09年第20回福岡アジア文化賞、12年第24回高松宮殿下記念世界文化賞など受賞歴多数。
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Born in 1957 in Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China, Cai Guo-Qiang received a BFA in stage design from the Shanghai Drama Institute in 1985. He resided in Japan from 1986 to 1995, after which he moved to New York, where he has lived and worked ever since. In 1984 Cai first began experimenting with gunpowder and in 1989 staged the first of his public explosion events, which would become integral to his practice. He mines gunpowder’s charged identification with China, where it was invented, to create allegorical, sociopolitical commentaries that riff on saltpeter’s paradoxical associations with ancient medicine, ritual fireworks, and modern violence. By using explosives as pyrotechnical events outdoors or as a medium on paper, Cai recast a quintessential Chinese material to stake his contribution to the emerging global art scene. He also made the case that the catharsis of destruction and creation links art and war. In his varied practices and materials, Cai draws freely from ancient mythology, military history, Daoist cosmology, Maoist revolutionary tactics, Buddhist philosophy, pyrotechnic technology, Chinese medicine, and images of terrorist violence.
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