«October» from China: exhibition of Cai Guoqiang opened in the Pushkin Museum

© Photo : AGN «Moscow» / Andrew Nikitichev Exhibition of Cai Guoqiang. October in the Pushkin Museum. Pushkin«October» from China: exhibition of Cai Guoqiang opened in the Pushkin Museum© Photo : AGN «Moscow» / Andrew Nikitichev

The main exhibition area of the Museum of fine arts named after Pushkin (Pushkin Museum) turned into a giant installation, interpreting a century of revolution in Russia, the exhibition of Chinese artist Cai Guoqiang, the exhibition which was held on Monday.

Chinese artist Cai Guoqiang has long lived in Japan, now works in the United States. Most often he works in the technique of powder painting and also carries out large-scale gunpowder show. He specially came to Moscow before the opening of the exhibition, together with numerous volunteers to create these unique paintings for the exhibition «October».

© Photo : AGN «Moscow» / Andrew Nikitichev Chinese artist Cai Guoqiang, during the presentation of the exhibition «Cai Guoqiang. October» in the Pushkin Museum. Pushkin, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the 1917 revolution in Russia. 11 September 2017«October» from China: exhibition of Cai Guoqiang opened in the Pushkin Museum© Photo : AGN «Moscow» / Andrew Nikitichev Chinese artist Cai Guoqiang, during the presentation of the exhibition «Cai Guoqiang. October» in the Pushkin Museum. Pushkin, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the 1917 revolution in Russia. 11 Sep 2017
Emotional exhibition

Their work of Cai Guoqiang is in Russia for the first time, so to the point as always, it came in a big way. Not only the main square, the Pushkin Museum became a space for his work: a large-scale installation titled «Autumn» in the yard completely hid the main building from the eyes of visitors.

This huge structure consists of hundreds of baby Cribs and strollers, within which grow real birch trees in tubs. Now their leaves have already turned yellow. Subject to the nature, they will continue to change, and there is the idea of the author.

«The cradle is a place where people our first naive dream. The installation «Fall» is a monument to human dreams of a better life and the mausoleum of social utopias», — told in Pushkin.

On the opening day in the Italian courtyard of the Museum, guests were welcomed by special envoy of Russian President for international cultural cooperation Mikhail Shvydkoi, Director of the Museum Marina Loshak, and the Cai Guoqiang.

© Photo : AGN «Moscow» / Andrew Nikitichev visitors to the exhibition «Cai Guoqiang. October» in the Pushkin Museum. Pushkin«October» from China: exhibition of Cai Guoqiang opened in the Pushkin Museum© Photo : AGN «Moscow» / Andrew Nikitichev visitors to the exhibition «Cai Guoqiang. October» in the Pushkin Museum. A. Pushkin

«We’ve been dreaming for two years about what we could do on the theme of revolution. When we thought what are we going to say about this important date, we decided to talk about it need most modern artists alive. Seeing and hearing all that he had done the Cai, we realized that we should enter this river,» said Loshak.

According to her, the work done by all involved in the exhibition were very complicated, but incredibly interesting. «We did what we wanted. We have made a very emotional, very strict exhibition that will make you all feel something. I hope that we will smite you,» said the Director of the Museum.

Shvydkoi admitted that he envied those who even have not seen, because it brought him great pleasure he would like to experience again.

«This show is a great homage to the great tragedy that has brought great beauty. This is a wonderful Museum project, which suggests that the Russian and Chinese can understand each other in some fundamental values by which we live,» — said Shvydkoi. He emphasized that the exposition «October» will be a significant milestone in the cultural relations between the two peoples.

© Photo : AGN «Moscow» / Andrew Nikitichev the Exhibition «Cai Guoqiang. October» in the Pushkin Museum. Pushkin«October» from China: exhibition of Cai Guoqiang opened in the Pushkin Museum© Photo : AGN «Moscow» / Andrew Nikitichev the Exhibition «Cai Guoqiang. October» in the Pushkin Museum. A. Pushkin
The Consecration Of Russia

Cai Guoqiang actually connects with Russia is not only long and very fruitful work on the exhibit «October». He admitted that from a young age inspired by the works of Russian artists, in particular, Isaac Levitan, and Ivan Kramskoy.

«I grew up in a distant province, but I was influenced by Russian art and culture. And very carefully I copied the picture of the «Unknown» archaeology, and the best gave a copy to my wife’s brother… I remember in my youth we really wanted to imitate the Russian artists who tried to recreate their paintings,» said Guoqiang. By the way, his wife was also present at the Vernissage. With touching memories from his youth, she was unable to hold back the tears.

The exhibition comprises twenty-meter-long canvas in three techniques of powder painting — color, monochrome and calligraphy. The Central part of the exhibition is a three-part installation called «People». The center of the composition — «Earth», symbolizing the fertile field is a huge field of spikes, in the center of which cut the Soviet symbols: the hammer, sickle and star. Especially good to see them in the mirror on the ceiling. On the two sides of the powder painting black and white «River» and vivid «Garden».

© Photo : AGN «Moscow» / Andrew Nikitichev the Exhibition «Cai Guoqiang. October» in the Pushkin Museum. Pushkin«October» from China: exhibition of Cai Guoqiang opened in the Pushkin Museum© Photo : AGN «Moscow» / Andrew Nikitichev the Exhibition «Cai Guoqiang. October» in the Pushkin Museum. A. Pushkin

Guoqiang works in an unusual technique: everyone will be able to see the process of creating a gunpowder drawing on the documentary footage at the entrance. A short video demonstrates how the artist creates stencils, overlays them on a leaf, sleep powder, strengthens the structure ignites. Surprisingly, that’s what went into this exhibition — in confirmation, a faint smell of gunpowder really is in the halls of the Museum.

«A great happiness for me to have the opportunity to share and to thank the people who gave me the Foundation to become a master. We share a similar story, I would like to continue our dialogue with you. I dedicate this show to Russia and the Russian people», — said the artist.

In addition, the exhibition presents other, less ambitious but no less interesting work, addressed to Russian artists. For example, guests will see a «Selfie on the background of the painting of Ivan Kramskoy» and the triptych «Malevich and the red star over red square» in which Guoqiang comprehend the main Suprematist works of Kazimir Malevich.

The exhibition will run until November 12.

© Photo : AGN «Moscow» / Andrew Nikitichev Chinese artist Cai Guoqiang, during the presentation of the exhibition «Cai Guoqiang. October» in the Pushkin Museum. Pushkin, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the 1917 revolution in Russia. 11 September 2017«October» from China: exhibition of Cai Guoqiang opened in the Pushkin Museum© Photo : AGN «Moscow» / Andrew Nikitichev Chinese artist Cai Guoqiang, during the presentation of the exhibition «Cai Guoqiang. October» in the Pushkin Museum. Pushkin, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the 1917 revolution in Russia. 11 Sep 2017

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