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.