Cai Guo-Qiang's solo exhibition "Flora Commedia" at The Uffizi Galleries
We are pleased to announce Cai Guo-Qiang's solo exhibition "Flora Commedia" at The Uffizi Galleries in Firenze, Italy.
November 18, on Piazzale Michelangelo, Cai Guo-Qiang ignited the daytime explosion event City of Flowers in the Sky, inspired by Botticelli’s Renaissance masterpiece Primavera and overlooking the city of Florence, to splendidly unveil the exhibition.
Flora Commedia was born from a visit to the Uffizi Galleries in 2017, which included the Boboli Gardens of the House of Medici, the Pitti Palace, the Department of Prints and Drawings. The artist uses flowers as a vessel to manifest the spirit of the Renaissance: its desires and pleasures, its connection with nature, the awakening of humanity and its new perception of the human body.
Flora Commedia is a part of a broader multi-year exhibition project for Cai Guo-Qiang, An Individual’s Journey through Western Art History, which has arrived in Florence after the Pushkin Museum in Moscow and the Museo Nacional Del Prado in Madrid, and then in February 2019 will be at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, before ultimately returning to the East as a culminating presentation of this odyssey.
Involving different aspects of the artist’s creativity, the exhibition joins his outdoor daytime explosion event with the intimate moments of igniting gunpowder on canvas and paper. Cai’s technique, refined and complex, established a close exchange with Nature while juxtaposing with the masters of the past in the museum’s nearby rooms to trigger a dialogue with the surrounding art.
Date: 2018/11/20 - 2019/02/17
Venue: The Uffizi Galleries in Firenze, Italy