大地の芸術祭 越後妻有アートトリエンナーレ2015 特別企画展 「蔡國強 蓬莱山—Penglai / Hõrai」

Opening date & hours |

9:00-19:00 (last entry by 18:30) Sunday 26 – Sunday 13 September 2015 Open all days during the ETAT2015

10:00-17:00 (last entry by 19:00) Monday14 – Sunday 27 September 2015 Closed on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 24 September 2015)

Admission|Adult: JPY1500 (Free for ETAT2015 passport holders during the festival |Group rate: JPY1300 per person)

Under 15s : JPY800 (Free during the festival |Group rate: JPY600)

* Admission includes access to a permanent collection and special exhibits to the ETAT2015.

Organiser|Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale Executive Committee/Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art/KINARE Duration |Sunday 26 July to Sunday 27 September 2015



Cai Guo-Qiang: Penglai / Hōrai


We are pleased to present this special exhibition, Cai Guo-Qiang: Penglai / Hōrai as a part of Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2015.


Cai Guo-Qiang is one of the most prominent Chinese contemporary artists, noted worldwide for the fireworks display at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Cai has been deeply engaged with the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale since its inaugural festival in 2000. This year, his artworks appear in Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015 followed by solo exhibitions Cai Guo-Qiang: There and Back Again at Yokohama Museum of Art, and Cai Guo-Qiang: Penglai / Horai at the Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art / KINARE.


Here Cai presents a large-scale dynamic installation laced with humour and ironies. Invoking as a metaphor Penglai/Horai, the legendary island in ancient Chinese mythology where immortals were believed to reside, the installation responds to its theme of “islands”, which have been a source of tension amongst countries in East Asia, drawing attention both within and beyond Japan leading up to the 70th anniversary of the end of the Pacific War this summer. Approximately 1000 objects made of straw, created with the help of children under the guidance of local straw masters, will be laid around the island in the form of a dragon. With its realization engaging people and places spanning national borders, the installation, in short, shows the true worth of his artworks.




Penglai / Horai|Corridor on the ground floor |An installation drawing inspiration from a legendary island “Penglai” floating in the Eastern Sea

・Island|Entrance Hall |Gunpowder drawing

・East Asia Peace Island for Children (EAPIC)|Entrance Hall| An imaginary island on the website co-produced with UNESCO



Cai Guo-Qiang and Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale

Inspired by the guiding concept of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, Cai transported an ascending kiln (or “dragon kiln”) from China to the Mountain Park area of Tsunan township, Niigata Prefecture in 2000 to form the “Dragon Museum of Contemporary Art (DMoCA).” As a director of the DMoCA, he has invited and curated prominent artists including Kiki Smith (2003), Kotaro Miyanaga (2006), Jennifer Wen Ma (2009), Ann Hamilton (2012) and Peter Hutchinson (2015).



Cai Guo-Qiang

Born in Fujian Province, China in 1957. After completing studies at the Department of Stage Design at Shanghai Theatre Academy, he lived and created artworks in Japan from 1986 to 1995 when he developed the basis for his current signature artworks through experimenting with the expressive potential of gunpowder and explosions. Cai was awarded the Golden Lion at the 48th Venice Biennale (1999), the 7th Hiroshima Art Prize (2007), the 20th Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize (2009), and 24th Praemium Imperiale – Lifetime Achievement in the Arts (Painting) (2012). Paying attention to the relations between cities and agricultural communities, Cai has converted unexpected spaces into small museums including the Dragon Museum of Contemporary Art, DMoCA (Niigata, Japan, 2000), UMoCA (Italy, 2001), BMoCA (Kinmen Island, Taiwan, 2004), and SMoCA (Fukushima, Japan, 2013). Cai is one of the most significant contemporary Chinese artists and curated the first China Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005 and directed the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympic in 2008.



About the Museum

The museum was originally opened as the Echigo-Tsumari Exchange Centre during the 2003 Triennale and re-launched during the 2012 Triennale as the Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art / KINARE. The permanent collection is inspired by the topography and history of the Echigo-Tsumari region – its snowy winters and the Shinanogawa river watering its rich soils and deciduous forests, which have in turn nourished a rich cultural landscape, ranging from ancient Jomon pottery and traditional villages, to the tunnels and infrastructures of today, this museum aims to encompass the entire region, providing a platform for the region and landscape to connect to the contemporary world.


「大地の芸術祭 越後妻有アートトリエンナーレ2015」の一環として、特別企画展「蔡國強―蓬莱山」を開催


蓬莱山|東の海に浮かぶ伝承の山 蓬莱山をイメージしたインスタレーション(1階回廊)

※「大地の芸術祭 越後妻有アートトリエンナーレ2015」のプロジェクトとして開催
鑑賞料|大人1,500円(団体料金 1,300円/芸術祭会期中作品鑑賞パスポート提示で1回無料)、
小中学生 800円(団体料金 600円/芸術祭会期中無料)


≫アートフロントギャラリー「蔡國強(ツァイ・グオチャン) 個展」


1957年中国福建省生まれ。上海劇場アカデミーで学んだ後、1986年-95年日本で活動した。この間、火薬や爆発事象といった実験的な表現を試み、現在の作風の基礎を築く。1999年 第48回ヴェネツィア•ビエンナーレで金獅子賞、2007年広島アート賞、2009年福岡アジア文化賞、2012年高松宮殿下記念世界文化賞等受賞多数。農村と都市の関係に早くから注目し、人々の想像を超えた小さな町の小さな美術館シリーズ(越後妻有のドラゴン現代美術館(DMoCA、2000)を筆頭に、イタリア(UMoCA、2001)、台湾 金門島(BMoCA、2004)、いわき市(SMoCA、2013))を手掛けるなど、幅広く活動する。2005年第51回ヴェネツィア•ビエンナーレ中国パビリオンのキュレーション、2008年北京夏季オリンピック開閉式のアーティスティックディレクターを務めるなど、中国を代表する現代美術家。



助成: 駐日アメリカ合衆国大使館
Grant: U.S. Embassy, Tokyo