Archive for February, 2010
This past weekend, Hanging Out in the Museum came to a close at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum. On the last day, the galleries were completely packed—over 14,000(!) visitors came to catch one last glimpse of the show. Cai also made a special trip to Taipei to make some closing remarks in person.
A few stats: over the course of three months, the exhibition drew approximately 220,000 visitors, and it was reported that thirty percent had never before been to an art museum. The exhibition topped TFAM’s Arcadie Dans les Collections du Centre Pompidou show and also set a record for having the highest attendance among contemporary art exhibitions in Taiwan.
What a nice surprise for us and our collaborators—we’re incredibly proud of this show and want to express our sincere gratitude to the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Eslite, and everyone who came to see the show:
We loved working and hanging out in Taipei, and hope you’ll have us back again someday…
(The artist also celebrated by finally entering the Cultural Melting Bath for himself.)
Check out the official exhibition web site for more details (in Chinese).
Cai Guo-Qiang will donate a gunpowder drawing, Excursion—Test for Light Passage at Shiseido Gallery, to a charity auction whose proceeds will benefit earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. The auction, held by China Guardian, i scheduled for March 21st at 7:00 p.m. in Beijing. The work can be viewed during the preview on March 18th and 19th.
Check the China Guardian website for further updates.
Excursion—Test for Light Passage at Shiseido Gallery
Gunpowder on paper 100 x 228 cm (39 2/5 x 89 3/4 in.)
Collection of the artist
Photo by I-Hua Lee, courtesy Cai Studio
Here are a few more shots taken back in November when Cai Studio combined forces with Eslite and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum to install Cai Guo-Qiang: Hanging Out in the Museum.