Cai Guo-Qiang, ‘Flora Commedia’
Florence, Uffizi Gallery, 20th November 2018 – 17th February 2019
‘Flora Commedia’ is an exhibition that ‘uses flowers as an expression of the Renaissance’, flowers represented in more than 60 ‘gunpowder paintings’ spread across ten rooms of the Uffizi. The exhibition arrives in Florence – as part of a multi-year series of exhibitions, ‘An Individual’s Journey Through Western Art History’ – from Moscow’s Pushkin Museum and Madrid’s del Prado, and will be moving on to Naples before heading homewards.
Works vary in size, and also featured are design sketches that demonstrate the artist’s design processes, his interpretation of the desires and pleasures, the sense of awakening and discovery of the Renaissance. Also explored are a tribute to Leonardo da Vinci, a study of birds, physical sexuality and self-portraiture.