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Over the past 25 years, Cai Guo Qiang has held solo exhibitions at some of the world’s most prestigious art institution. QAGOMA now presents the artist’s first solo exhibition in Australia and a GOMA exclusive. "Falling Back to Earth" features three major installations, including two newly commissioned works directly inspired by the landscapes of southeast Queensland, which the artist visited in 2011. The centrepiece of the exhibition — Heritage 2013 — features 99 replicas of animals from around the world, gathered together to drink from a blue lake surrounded by pristine white sand, reminiscent of the lakes of Moreton Bay’s islands. The second installation, Eucalyptus 2013 responds to the ancient trees of Lamington National Park in the Gold Coast hinterland, while the third — Head On 2006 — is a striking installation of 99 artificial wolves leaping en masse into a glass wall, on display in Australia for the first time.
Image: Cai Guo-Qiang | Head On (detail) 2006 | Deutsche Bank Collection, commissioned by Deutsche Bank AG | © FMGBGuggenheim Bilbao Museoa, 2009 | Photo: Erika Barahona-Ede
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