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Cai Guo-Qiang, first Chinese artist to win Japan’s Praemium Imperiale

Tokyo, 1 October 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA).

Cai Guo-Qiang, one of the most famous Chinese contemporary artists, has become a winner of Japan’s Praemium Imperiale.

After the composer Philip Glass, architect Henning Larsen, star dancer Yoko Morishita and sculptor Cecco Bonanotte, Cai Guo-Qiang has been awarded the international artistic prize financed by Japan Art Association and patroned by the Japanese imperial family.

First created in 1989, the Praemium Imperiale, consisting of the prize of 15m yen ($192,600) as well as a medal and a diploma. Cai Guo-Qiang will receive his medal on 23 October from prince Hitachi in Tokyo.

He will be the first Chinese artist to receive the Praemium Imperiale, a fact which is not meaningless considering the current tensions between China and Japan.

Cai Guo-Qiang at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Los Angeles

Los Angeles, 9 March 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).

ARTinfo declared that Cai Guo-Qiang will perform his last “explosive” work of art ― part of his Projects for Extraterrestrials series ― at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Los Angeles on 7 April 2012. His installation-performances ― consisting of fireworks ― are always spectacular.

Born in 1957 in Quanzhou (China), Cai Guo-Qiang was trained as a designer at the Shanghai Theater Academy. A multidisciplinary artist, he worked and lived in New York and learned numerous means of expression, footage, acting performance, installations and illustrations. Between 1986 and 1995, he lived in Japan and began to incorporate gunpowder into his illustrations, leading him to experiment with the greater explosions that become the artist’s hallmarks. He won many prizes, notably the Gold lion of the Venice Biennale of 1999, the Hiroshima Art Prize in 2007 and more recently the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in 2009. As an important artist on the international scene, he enjoyed a private exhibition in 2008 at the Guggenheim Museum.

Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang at Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art

Doha (Qatar), 7 December 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).

Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar, is currently presenting, “Cai Guo-Qiang: Saraab”, a solo exhibition of Chinese artist, Cai Guo-Qiang, until 26 May 2012.

Born in 1957 at Quanzhou (China), Cai Guo-Qiang studied Design at Shanghai Theater Academy. As a multidisciplinary artist, he lived and worked in New York where he started to experiment numerous mediums such as video, performance, installations and drawing. Between 1986 and 1995, he lived in Japan and started to incorporate gunpowder in his designs, and he also started to experiment with larger explosions, which later became his signature work. Cai Guo-Qiang has won numerous prizes, including the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennial of 1999, the Hiroshima Art Prize in 2007 and the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in 2009. As a major artist from the international contemporary scene, he benefited from a solo exhibition in 2008 in Guggenheim museum.

“Saraab” (meaning Mirages in Arabic) is his first exhibition in the Middle East, but it is also the first time that the Mathaf museum exhibits an artist outside of the Middle East. By exhibiting Cai, the museum aims to introduce new dynamics and wishes to examine the relationship between the Persian Golf and Asia, as well as between the Islamic culture and Quanzhou. The exhibition reveals fifty works of the artist, of which thirty are new and have never been shown before, and nine video documents that question Cai’s connection with Middle Eastern culture.