A Chinese artist with an explosive style is preparing to exhibit at Madrid’s Prado Museum. By exploding gunpowder on canvas, Cai Guo-Qiang creates his images. He says he uses gunpowder because it has many different layers of meaning.
“My artworks are related to Chinese traditional culture, that is the gunpowder. In Chinese, it literally means medicine to produce fire. Medicine is used to cure and do good to human health. On the other hand, it is used to trigger wars and violence. When I use gunpowder in my artwork, it gives people new ways of thinking.”
The 59-year-old from the US will be the first artist in residence at the museum. He says his influences have evolved over the years and his work has become much more political since he moved to America two decades ago.
The exhibition opens to the public on October 25.