SEPTEMBER 10, 2015 - JANUARY 6, 2016
The National Museum of Science and Technology and the Shanghai International Culture Association are proud to present the major exhibition Cai GuoQiang: Peasant da Vincis by the New York based Chinese-born artist. The exhibition is supported by the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai and curated by its Director Larys Frogier.
Cai GuoQiang: Peasant da Vincis features handcrafted machines such as an aircraft carrier, submarines, aircrafts, flying saucers, and robots invented by Chinese peasants and collected by Cai over the years. Nearly fifty inventions, configured by Cai as a site-specific installation, are presented in the same venue as model inventions based on Leonardo da Vinci’s original sketches.
From 2004 to 2010, Cai Guo-Qiang travelled across nine different provinces in China, meeting and interviewing inventors living in rural areas, investigating the stories of Chinese peasant dreamers. Since then, he has collected their inventions and curated exhibitions to celebrate and showcase their work. The exhibition gives center stage to the hand crafted machines, a gesture that pays homage to the imagination of self-taught engineers.
The first iteration of Cai Guo-Qiang: Peasant da Vincis was the inaugural exhibition at the Rockbund Art Museum in 2010, held in conjunction with the Shanghai World Expo. In 2013, Cai Guo-Qiang: Peasant da Vincis travelled to Brasilia, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro where it attracted more than one million visitors overall.
The Peasant da Vincis exhibition is included in the admission ticket.
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