A Masterclass in partnership with the NGV exploring the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, 'Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape'.

As an artist, Cai Guo-Qiang draws rich inspiration from his Chinese heritage, exploring traditional motifs and philosophies. Yet his work is also universal and inherently international, influenced by his many years spent in New York and Japan. If he has a signature medium, it may be gunpower: he uses the substance to create large-scale works on paper, as well as spectacular outdoor 'explosion events'.

In 2019, the National Gallery of Victoria presented a world-first exhibition in which Cai Guo-Qiang’s work responds directly to - and appears alongside - China's famous Terracotta Warriors. As part of the University of Melbourne’s Learning Partnership with the NGV exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape, the Faculty of Arts presented an evening Melbourne Masterclass unpacking the newly-commissioned and spectacular works by Cai Guo-Qiang on display.

Also in this series
Melbourne Masterclass: The Terracotta Warriors


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Portrait of Cai Guo-Qiang, 2009
Photograph © Mark Mahaney

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Cai Guo - Qiang, artist, inside Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality | Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape a NGV International, 24 May - 13 October 2019. Photo credit: Eugene Hyland.