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‘Murmuration’: A magical installation composed of 10,000 porcelain birds

Cai Guo-Qiang was born in 1957 in Quanzhou (China) and trained in stage design at the Shanghai Theater Academy; since then he has worked in multiple media within the art, such as drawing, installation, video and performance. From all of this comes “Murmuration“.


Based on Eastern philosophy and contemporary social issues as a conceptual basis, his work respond to culture and history and establish an exchange between viewers and the wider universe that surrounds them; its explosion of art and installations are impregnated with a force that transcends the two-dimensional plane to engage with society and nature.

Cai’s work has been awarded and recognized with awards such as the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 1999; the Hiroshima Art Award in 2007 and the Fukuoka Asian Culture Award in 2009.

His popularity and prestige knows no limits; his solo exhibition “Da Vincis do Povo” was the most visited exhibition by a living artist around the world in 2013, attracting more than one million visitors. Look at it:

Now, it has surprised again with this installation called “Murmuration” which is composed of 10,000 porcelain birds that, placed at different heights and arranged strategically, look like a real flock of birds that wrap the viewer and project beautiful shadows.


Located in the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, the artist has made a single exhibition, which is divided into several parts, combine his contemporary works with the exhibition of a selection of the famous “Terracotta Warriors” of China.

Cai, who is very popular for the works of art in which they use fireworks, gathered this great quantity of birds and stained them with gunpowder; the installation fills a complete gallery and the birds are suspended to create a 3D print of a calligraphic drawing of Mount Li, where the tomb of the ancient warriors is located.

The fantastic “Murmuration” will be on display until October 13, 2019 and you can see how it was set up here.

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