On September 6 FAURSCHOU FOUNDATION opens with an inaugural solo exhibition by contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang. Located at Pakhus 53 at Frihavnen in Copenhagen's North Harbour, the new venue has transformed over the course of six months from a former warehouse into a beautiful and versatile exhibition space. The opening exhibition will feature several newly commissioned artworks by Cai, as well as the artist's celebrated installation "Reflection - A Gift from Iwaki". Invitations to the opening will follow in August.
In 2011, after 25 years at St. Strandstræde, Luise and Jens Faurschou decided to transform Galleri Faurschou into Faurschou Foundation. They will now operate two exhibition spaces devoted to international contemporary art: Pakhus 53 in Frihavnen and the current location in 798 Art District in Beijing, China. Both exhibition spaces will be free and open to the public.
Over the years, Luise and Jens Faurschou have assembled a notable international collection, and are currently in the process of planning future exhibitions with some of the world's foremost contemporary artists, curators, museums, and galleries. The Faurschou Foundation supports a platform devoted to the creation of new works and is committed to presenting thought-provoking contemporary art to the public.
In the most literal sense, Cai Guo-Qiang has exploded the boundaries of contemporary art. He is well known for his signature firework events and use of gunpowder in his art. Taking his point of departure from Buddhist philosophy, Chinese medicine, and Taoist thinking, Cai 'draws' with gunpowder, creates large-scale firework explosion events, and 'heals' the earth on the basis of geomantic principles. His explosion events, often compared to performance art, include early projects such as extending the Great Wall of China by 10,000 meters so as to be seen from the vantage point of space. Most recently, he created a sequence of daytime fireworks in Doha, Qatar that included shapes of a pyramid, a rainbow, and a petrol ball.
In addition to drawing influence from his own cultural background, Cai also considers the social and cultural conditions of the place he is in to create site-specific works.
The artist has received innumerable international awards and is represented in many of the world's important collections. Cai has held solo museum exhibitions at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, Massachusetts, Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York, and Guggenheim Bilbao, National Museum of China, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
In 1997, Cai had his first solo exhibition in the West at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, an exhibition that has meant a great deal to him both professionally and artistically. The exhibition at the Faurschou Foundation marks his return to Denmark after fifteen years.
In the week prior to the exhibition opening, Cai will work with the assistance of local students and volunteers to create 'gunpowder drawings'; large drawings made by applying and igniting gunpowder on paper. These twelve works on paper will then be exhibited at Faurschou Foundation.
If you would like to participate in or to observe the process of creating these drawings between August 24 - September 2, 2012, please contact [email protected] to be listed in the volunteers group or in the audience. Space is limited and will be granted on a first-come-first-serve basis.