Flora Commedia. Cai Guo-Qiang exhibit at the Uffizi.
The Uffizi Galleries host Flora Commedia, a solo exhibition by contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang.
Set up in the 10 galleries connected to the Caravaggio rooms, in the main body of the Uffizi, the exhibition hosts about 60 works, including paintings of various dimensions made with gunpowder, as well as a selection of sketches by the artist that illustrate his creative process. The exhibition was inaugurated at Piazzale Michelangelo with the performance of City of Flowers in the Sky with daytime fireworks created by Cai Guo-Qiang and inspired by the Renaissance Flora and Botticelli’s Spring.
Flora Commedia arises from Cai Guo-Qiang visit to the Uffizi in 2017, when he saw the Boboli Gardens of the Medici family, Palazzo Pitti, the Gabinetto dei Disegni and delle Stampe of the Uffizi Galleries. The artist uses flowers as a means of expressing the spirit of the Renaissance today through a panoply of desire and pleasures, the link with nature, the awakening of humanity and the perception of the body.
The exhibition is part of a larger project Journey of an Individual through the History of Western Art and, after the exhibitions at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow and at the Prado Museum in Madrid in 2017, the artist exhibits in Florence. In 2019 the exhibition will continue at the Archaeological Museum of Naples and will end in the East, where he will present the fruit of this long journey. Involving different aspects of the artist’s creation, the exhibition relates the daytime explosion of fireworks in the city and the moment in which he fires his gunpowder paintings on canvas. The pictorial technique, refined and complex, establishes an exchange with Nature, placing itself in relation with the great masters of the Renaissance whose works are kept in the Uffizi, and generates a reflection on the meaning of art.