Cai Guo-Qiang: Materials Without Boundaries


Cai Guo-Qiang is a leading contemporary artist born in China and resident in New York since 1995. He is renowned for his work with gunpowder, both in spectacular firework events and as an art material.

This catalogue is published in conjunction with the exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: Gunpowder Art, held at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, from 25 October 2019 to 19 April 2020.

Professor Shelagh Vainker, Curator of Chinese Art, Ashmolean Museum, says: ‘Cai Guo-Qiang stands apart from his contemporaries in China and in the west as an artist engaging with the world through gunpowder, in explosion events, spectacles and works in more traditional media (such as silk, porcelain, canvas and paper). It is a privilege for the Ashmolean to present the range and energy of his work within the context of the University collections.

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