Cai Guo-Qiang's 1040M UndergroundCai Guo-Qiang during his visit to a Donetsk mine in May 2011.
Photo by Dmitry Sergeev.

Cai Guo-Qiang’s 1040M Underground


Cai Guo-Qiang 1040M Underground 27 August–13 November 2011 Opening: 27 August 20113 Svitlogo Puti Donetsk, 83029 Ukraine

Cai Guo-Qiang – 1040M Underground opens on Saturday, 27 August through Sunday, 13 November 2011 at IZOLYATSIA. Platform For Cultural Initiatives in Donetsk. This marks Cai Guo-Qiang’s first solo exhibition in Ukraine and will feature two new site-specific installations, including a new series of gunpowder drawings produced on the IZOLYATSIA campus. The artist will work closely with local painters, miners and volunteers to create these drawings on paper. The production process will be open and free to the public, and audience members will be able to witness an artist at work and experience the ignition of the gunpowder drawings. Cai Guo-Qiang – 1040M Underground stems from the artist’s experience in May to the coal and salt mines of the industrial Donbas region. Cai descended 1040 meters below ground level and trekked more than 1000 meters in the tunnel, mirroring the same route the coal miners take every day. After his “journey to the center of the earth,” a hike to the top of theIZOLYATSIA terrekon—as “slag heaps” are known colloquially—unveiled a breathtaking view of the city: white smoke from factory chimneys, a bright orange waterfall of molten steel glistening in the sunset, and statues of coal mining heroes standing tall all over the city. The first element of the exhibition, Monuments on Shoulders, is a gunpowder drawing installation in the main gallery. The gunpowder drawing making process will take place in front of a live audience. Cai will first lead nine local Socialist Realist painters to sketch 27 mine workers’ portraits in the lobbies of the salt and coal mines. Volunteers will then help carve the images into stencils and Cai will spread different grades and grains of gunpowder onto the canvases in order to achieve different effects. All 27 portraits will be ignited. The finished drawings will be mounted on frames identical to the ones used to hold the portraits of Soviet leaders in propaganda parades, spreading across a mound of coal to the left and a slope of salt to the right in the gallery. The drawings will be lit with mining lamps, hanging from the ceiling like stars. Nursery Rhymes, the second component of the exhibition, will be situated in the remnants of a factory building (Shop 2) destroyed by a fire. When visitors enter the space, they will be instantly drawn to the soot-covered interior of the building. Under dim lighting, nine used mining carts line up as if meandering down the track in the tunnel, rocking slowly like cradles. Each “cradle” contains a projection on the canopy: Ukrainian folk songs, Soviet era athletes and other role models, communist propaganda films, documentaries on the glorified lives of miners, and Socialist period art films. Along the sides of the canopy will hang salvaged objects from the days of the factory, such as old musical instruments from the factory club, tiny chess boards from the factory kindergarten, and old workers’ uniforms and tools, all rocking along like a child’s mobile. IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Initiatives( is a multidisciplinary art foundation located on the territory of a former insulation materials plant in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. IZOLYATSIA‘s mission is to preserve the region’s industrial heritage, and to inspire social and cultural development through the process of cultural conversion. The foundation’s activity is focused on the realisation of site-specific projects, involvement of local community and education. Foundation IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Initiatives 3 Svitlogo Puti Donetsk, 83029 Ukraine T +38 050 477 26 20 e-mail:

Cai Guo-Qiang's 1040M Underground

September 12,

Restless curator, Anda Rotenberg: Side by Side. Poland – Germany. A 1000 Years of Art and History, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, in collaboration with the Royal Castle in Warsaw

May 14

The Power of Fantasy

Modern and Contemporary Art from Poland

Friday 24.06 > Sunday 18.09.2011

Centre for Fine Arts

Divided throughout the 19th century, occupied during the Second World War, and subsequently under the Soviet yoke for decades, Poland became a democracy in 1989. In this wounded country, victim of a succession of oppressive regimes, there developed a flourishing culture that gave expression, down the centuries, to a spirit of resistance to any order imposed from outside. Via the absurd and the fantastic, Polish artists reacted to the chaos of the real world with art imbued with a spirit of resistance, not in order to flee reality, but with a view to reconstructing it. The exhibition will show the work of internationally renowned contemporary artists, including Miroslaw Balka, Monika Sosnowska, and Wilhem Sasnal. Their works will be juxtaposed with seminal Polish works of art from the 19th and 20th centuries. Seeing these works side by side brings home just how deeply rooted the exploration of the fantastic and the irrational is in Polish art.

Curators : David Crowley, Zofia Machnicka, Dr Andrzej Szczerski
Exhibition organised as part of I, CULTURE–the International Cultural Programme of the Polish Presidency of the EU Council.

May 12

May 2011

Convite / Invitation

Baginski, Galeria / Projectos
de Miguel Palma

Comissariada por / Curated by
Sandra Vieira Jürgens

Inauguração / Opening
4 Maio, 22h / May 4, 10pm
4 Maio > 4 Setembro 2011 / May 4 > September 4, 2011

wishful + thinking, Miguel Palma, 2011

A Baginski, Galeria / Projectos tem muito gosto em anunciar que a próxima exposição a inaugurar será “WISHFUL + THINKING”,  de Miguel Palma. O artista ocupará ambas as salas de exposição da galeria, apresentando um projecto que, partindo de um protótipo de carro inacabado, contamina todo o resto do espaço. Através de projecções e desenhos com assemblage, faz referência a ideias como o desejo de concretizar sonhos e a capacidade humana de levar as invenções tecnológicas cada vez mais longe.

Porque é humano ter esperança e sonhar com o impossível.


The Baginski Gallery is thrilled to announce its next exhibition: “WISHFUL+THINKING” by Miguel Palma. The artist will occupy both gallery rooms, presenting a project that, from an unfinished car prototype, contaminates the surrounding space. Using video and drawings with assemblage, he directs us into ideias like the desire to make dreams come true or the human ability to take technological inventions always a little bit further.
Because it’s human to have hope and to dream with the impossible. 


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