Head On (detail), 2006 99 life-sized replicas of wolves and glass wall. Wolves: gauze, resin, and hide Dimensions variable, The Deutsche Bank Collection
Installation view of Head On, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, 2014 Photo by Zhang Feiyu, courtesy Cai Studio


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Cai Guo-Qiang: There and Back Again is a solo exhibition by the New York based Chinese born contemporary artist. It is the first large-scale solo exhibition of the artist to be held in Japan in the last seven years.

After studying stage design at the Shanghai Theater Academy, Cai Guo-Qiang lived in Japan for nearly nine years, from 1986 to 1995. In Japan, he began exhibiting at art museums and participating in exhibitions abroad, which brought him international recognition. Since 1995, he has lived in New York City and has participated in major solo and group exhibitions around the world.

Cai is known for his gunpowder drawings, his grand scale installations and ephemeral events using fireworks and other media. By applying unconventional materials and dynamic techniques, he incorporates various elements of Chinese culture such as gunpowder and Chinese traditional medicine—he grounds his artwork and practice in an Eastern worldview.

This exhibition presents significant works produced in the recent years, which have never been shown in Japan. As an artist who was born in China, studied in Japan, and currently lives and works in America, Cai’s work reveals a unique consideration and harmony between Eastern and Western philosophy.

This exhibition features new large-scale two-dimensional works—commissioned especially for this exhibition. The new paintings will be created in Cai’s signature medium, igniting gunpowder on Japanese paper. The subject will be selected through the artist’s research on the history and culture of the city of Yokohama. The exhibition also includes Head On, of Cai’s signature works, which will be shown for the first time in Japan.

Taking inspiration from the title of Tao Yuanming’s famous poem“The Return,” this solo exhibition intends a return to the place of origin where Cai’s artistic path first took shape. It also aims to introduce his current practice, including a new work based on the history of Yokohama.

This will be a monumental solo exhibition in which Cai Guo-Qiang returns to a place that was instrumental in shaping the formative years of his career.

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    Installation view of Morning Glory(2015), Summer and Fall(2014),
    Yokohama Museum of Art, 2015.
    Photo by KAMIYAMA Yosuke

    Morning Glory (detail), Yokohama Museum of Art, 2015.
    Terracotta, vine steel Dimensions variable Collection of the Artist
    Photo by KAMIYAMA Yosuke

  • 春夏秋冬


    春夏秋冬春夏秋冬The upper image:
    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter(detail), 2014.
    Gunpowder on 240 tiles of porcelain, suite of 4 panels. Collection of the Artist.
    Commissioned by the Power Station of Art, Shanghai. Photo by Zhang Feiyu, courtesy Cai Studio

  • 火薬ドローイング火薬ドローイング

    火薬ドローイング The upper image:
    Ignition of gunpowder painting Nighttime Sakura, Yokohama Museum of Art, 2015. Gunpowder on paper, 800×2400cm, Collection of the artist
    Photo by KAMIISAKA Hajime

    火薬ドローイングThe lower image:
    Installation view of Nighttime Sakura, Yokohama Museum of Art, 2015.
    Gunpowder on paper, 800×2400cm, Collection of the artist
    Photo by KAMIYAMA Yosuke

  • 壁撞き(かべつき) 壁撞き(かべつき) 壁撞き(かべつき)

  • Installation view of Head On, Yokohama Museum of Art, 2015.
    99 life-sized replicas of wolves and glass wall. Wolves: gauze, resin, and hide.
    Dimensions variable.
    The Deutsche Bank Collection.
    Photo by KAMIYAMA Yosuke



  • Cai Guo-Qiang ( b.1957, Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China ).

    He was trained in stage design at the Shanghai Theater Academy, and his work has since crossed multiple mediums within art, including drawing, installation, video and performance. While living in Japan from 1986 to 1995, he explored the properties of gunpowder in his drawings, an inquiry that eventually led to the development of his signature explosion events. Cai was awarded the Golden Lion at the 48th Venice Biennale in 1999, and the 20th Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in 2009, and the Praemium Imperiale in 2012. Additionally, he was also among the five artists honored with the first U.S. Department of State Medal of Arts award. He also served as Director of Visual and Special Effects for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

  • 蔡國強
    蔡國強 Cai Guo-Qiang
    Photo by Wen-You Cai, courtesy Cai Studio

Among his many solo exhibitions and projects include "Cai Guo-Qiang on the Roof: Transparent Monument", Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2006 and his retrospective "I Want to Believe," which opened at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York in 2008. His first-ever solo exhibition in Brazil, "Cai Guo-Qiang: Da Vincis do Povo", went on a three-city tour around the country in 2013. Traveling from Brasilia to Sao Paulo before reaching its final destination in Rio de Janeiro, it was the most visited exhibition by a living artist worldwide that year with over one million visitors. In October 2013, Cai created "One Night Stand (Aventure d’un Soir)", an explosion event for Nuit Blanche, a citywide art and culture festival organized by the city of Paris. In August 2014, his solo exhibition "Cai Guo-Qiang: The Ninth Wave" opened at the Power Station of Art in Shanghai.

His most recent exhibition "Cai Guo-Qiang: Impromptu" opened in December 2014 at Fundacion Proa in Buenos Aires. On January 24, 2015, he created ”Life is a Milonga: Tango Fireworks for Argentina”, which was realized at Vuelta de Rocha outside Fundacion Proa, La Boca, Buenos Aires. He currently lives and works in New York.




DatesJuly 11 (Sat.)-October 18 (Sun.), 2015
Open Hours10:00-18:00 (admission until 17:30)
*Evening hours: September 16 (Wed.), September 18(Fri.)
10:00-20:00 (admission until 19:30)
Organized byYokohama Museum of Art, THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN
Supported byEmbassy of the People's Republic of China in Japan,
The City of Yokohama,
Fujian Economy and Culture Promotion Association in Japan
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Sponsored byHuawei Technologies Japan K.K. Huawei Technologies Japan K.K. , Shiseido Co., Ltd.
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In Cooperation withDeutsche Bank Group, Canon Marketing Japan Inc.,
Bridge Roots Law Firm, Kikushima Corporation, Eishi Katsura Studio, Graduate School of Film and New Media, Tokyo University of the Arts | geidaiRAM,
Yokohama College of Art and Design,
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著名当代艺术家蔡国强的个展《归去来》将于2015 年7 月11 日至10 月18 日在横滨美术馆展出。这是蔡国强时隔七年,在日本的又一次个展。既有为展览特别创作的新作,包括艺术家迄今为止最大的火药爆破草图《夜樱》;亦囊括蔡国强在世界巡回的代表作,包括大型装置《撞墙》、火药爆破陶瓷《春夏秋冬》等。



  • (左)《朝颜》《夏》和《秋》装置一景,横滨美术馆,2015年
    Kamiyama Yosuke摄


  • 春夏秋冬


    春夏秋冬 (上)《春夏秋冬》(局部)2014, 火药、240 块陶瓷板。共4 屏,每屏宽3 米、高2.4 米;每块陶瓷板约30 ×40 厘米。艺术家本人收藏、火药陶瓷装置作品。

    春夏秋冬 (上)《春夏秋冬》中的局部, 上海当代艺术博物馆, 2014年。张飞宇摄,蔡工作室提供。

  • 火薬ドローイング火薬ドローイング

    火薬ドローイング (上)《夜樱》爆破瞬间,横滨美术馆,2015年
    火药,纸 800 × 2400厘米
    KAMIISAKA Hajime摄

    火薬ドローイング (下)《夜樱》装置一景,横滨美术馆,2015年
    火药,纸 800 × 2400厘米
    Kamiyama Yosuke摄

  • 壁撞き(かべつき) 壁撞き(かべつき) 壁撞き(かべつき)

  • (左上)(左下)(右)
    99 只真实大小的狼复制品、玻璃墙;狼:混凝紙糊、石膏、玻璃纤维、树脂和绘制毛皮
    Kamiyama Yosuke摄



  • 蔡国强

    1957 年生于福建泉州,1981-1985 年就读于上海戏剧学院舞台美术系。他的艺术表现领域横跨绘画、装置、录像及表演艺术等数种媒材。1986-1995 年底旅居日本期间,他持续探索使用火药制作绘画的可能性,一步步推大其作品的爆破规模和形式,并逐渐建立随后著名的户外爆破计划。他以东方哲学及当代社会问题作为作品观念的根基,并用场域导向的计画作为阐述当地文化历史的手段,藉此,观者得以透过他的作品与周遭的自然及观念环境进行交流。他自1995 年移居纽约至今。

    他于1995 年获日本文化设计奖和第46 届威尼斯双年展的本尼斯奖,1999 年获第48 届威尼斯双年展国际金狮奬。之后几年,他分别在2007 年获第七届广岛奖、2009 年获第二十届福岗亚洲文化奖、2010 年在费城美术馆的个展《花开花落》获国际艺术评论协会最佳公共空间奖。他在2005 年参

  • 蔡國強
    蔡國強, Vuelta de Rocha, 布宜諾斯艾利斯, 2014年。

与策划了第51 届威尼斯双年展首届中国国家馆,于2008 年担任北京奥林匹克开闭幕式核心创意小组成员以及视觉特效艺术总设计。2012 年,获得高松宫殿下纪念世界文化奖绘画类终身成就奖,该奖项宗旨希冀在诺贝尔奖未涵盖的文化领域,表彰为艺术作出重要贡献者。同年,由于他长期对国际间文化交流的贡献,获得由美国国务院颁发的艺术勋章。




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