A Chinese artist’s take on the Russian Revolution
Contemporary Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang, who designed the fireworks for the Beijing Olympics, opens his first solo exhibition in Russia in September.
Featuring giant installations, “Cai Guo-Qiang: October” marks the 100-year anniversary of the Russian Revolution.
Cai Guo-Qiang, Chinese artist:
“I want to express the idea that this was not a period of time that belongs only to another remote group of people. It was actually a period of time that I participated in and was a part of.”
In contemplating the Russian Revolution, Cai Guo-Qiang addresses his personal experience, what he has survived in his childhood: the epoch of the Cultural Revolution in China. It touches upon themes of trauma, triumph, and utopia. Having grown up in Maoist China and experienced the hardship of those times, Cai’s take on the Russian revolution is unique.
“This is an exhibition about the individual living through revolution, revolution in its widest sense. Revolution as a global, historical cataclysm or revolution as a certain inner transfiguration, a change of one’s own points of view,” explains Alexandra Danilova, the curator of the exhibition.
Through this exhibition, Cai Guo-Qiang addresses not only the subject of revolution, but also his admiration of Russian art.