One of the stars of the international art world, Cai Guo-Qiang is enjoying his first Australian solo exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA).

For the first time ever, all 3000 square metres of GOMA‘s ground floor will be dedicated to an exhibition of work by a single living artist, with thought-provoking and spectacular new installations inspired by Queensland landscapes.

The ‘Falling Back to Earth’ exhibition features installations of 99 replicas of animals drinking from a pristine lake, 99 wolves leaping and colliding mid-air with a glass wall, a suspended 31-metre eucalyptus tree, a tea pavilion where visitors can pause, drink tea, and find out more about the artist and an interactive installation for children.

Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Director Chris Saines said Cai Guo-Qiang’s ground-breaking practice over 25 years used unexpected materials to create transformative event-based and social projects.

“This exhibition is a significant evolution for one of today’s most compelling and highly respected global artists, realised with a level of ambition unprecedented for an Australian art museum,” Mr Saines says.

Artist Cai Guo-Qiang says the exhibition title ‘Falling Back to Earth’ was inspired by fourth-century poet Tao Yuanming’s well-known prose poem, ‘Ah, homeward bound I go!’

“The text captures the concept behind the exhibition, and expresses the idea of going home, returning to the harmonious relationship between man and nature, and re-embracing the tranquility in the landscape,” he says.

Tourism and Major Events Minister Jann Stuckey says the exhibition is a unique cultural experience hat further enhances Brisbane’s reputation as a leader in innovation and the arts.

“It is an incredible coup for Queensland to have secured Cai Guo-Qiang’s first solo exhibition to Australia, providing an exclusive opportunity for visitors to see his dramatic and inspiring works, “he says.

The opening weekend saw Cai Guo-Qiang present Sound of the Earth, a suite of new improvised performances with leading musicians William Barton (Australia) and Wang Xinxin (China), together with local children from Voices of Birralee.

‘Falling Back to Earth’ is exclusively at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (GOMA) until 11 May, 2014. Tickets are on-sale now.

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