Museum to gather carriages for installation by Cai Guo-Qiang


A giant installation will appear in front of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in the fall of 2017. It will be created by famous artist Cai Guo-Qiang from China. The installation will consist of young birches “growing” from baby cribs, carriages, and cradles. The Pushkin Museum will gather 350 baby carriages for the installation between June 14 and September 5, 2017. As the main idea of the project is to present the “human dimension” of history, the people's memory of their roots, Cai Guo-Qiang is in search of baby carriages and cribs with their own history for his project. Everyone donating a carriage or a crib to the Museum will make their family history a part of the world’s art history and be able to share it with millions of viewers around the globe. To donate a baby carriage, please follow the link, choose the thank you gift that you wish to receive from the Museum, and fill in the feedback form.

Available gifts

An invitation to the opening day. You will receive an invitation for two to the opening day of the exhibition “Cai Guo-Qiang. October.”

Participation in the creation of gunpowder artwork. You will visit the artist’s temporary studio in Moscow and take part in the creation of gunpowder artwork to be displayed at the exhibition “Cai Guo-Qiang. October.”

A guided tour of the exhibition with the curator. Alexandra Danilova, the exhibition curator and the deputy head of the Department of 19th and 20th Century European and American Art, will give a guided tour of the exhibition “Cai Guo-Qiang. October.”

An autographed postcard and an invitation to the exhibition. You will receive a postcard signed by Cai Guo-Qiang and an invitation for two to the exhibition “Cai Guo-Qiang. October,” valid on any day of your choice.

An invitation for two to the exhibition. You will receive an invitation for two to the exhibition “Cai Guo-Qiang. October,” valid on any day of your choice.

Cai Guo-Qiang is well-known in Russia for his grandiose pyrotechnical show at the Olympics opening ceremony in Beijing in 2008. The artist received the highest award in the world of contemporary art — the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale. The first solo exhibition of Cai Guo-Qiang in Russia will take place in the main building of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts from September to November 2017. As part of his “October” project, the major exhibition spaces of the Museum will be transformed into a complete installation dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution. It will include the renowned gunpowder works that made the artist famous in the world of art, as well as photographs, drawings, and sketches.

The highlight of the Moscow exhibition will be the colossal installation “Autumn,” which will be created in front of the entrance to the main building. The façade and the famous portico will become a monument to thousands of human lives. The hand-made hill of birches “growing” from baby carriages and cribs will be a metaphor of our utopian childhood dreams of a beautiful future and an allusion to the famous scene from the film “Battleship Potemkin” by Sergei Eisenstein.

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Cai Guo-Qiang: October

13.09.2017 – 12.11.2017

Main Building

In September 2017, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts will present leading international contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang’s first solo exhibition in Russia: Cai Guo-Qiang: October. A reflection on the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the ambitious body of work originally created for the exhibition will transform the main exhibition areas of the museum.


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