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Cai Guo-Qiang to Donate Award Monies to Asian Cultural Council

1995 ACC grantee receives world recognition and gives back

NEW YORK, New York, April 15, 2013– Cai Guo-Qiang, whose gunpowder paintings have been performed and exhibited around the globe, has given half of his award earnings from the prestigious Praemium Imperiale Award—informally known as the Nobel Prize of the Arts, to the Asian Cultural Council (ACC). Mr. Cai will donate the other half of his award earnings to support the building of SMoCA, the Snake Museum of Contemporary Art, a new museum and project to assist in the rebuilding efforts in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture after the devastation following the Great East Earthquake on March 11, 2011….


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Giving Back: Cai Guo-Qiang Establishes ACC Cai Fellowship Program

The eminent Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang has generously donated one of his large-scale gunpowder drawings: “Marx’s Moustache” to the Asian Cultural Council (ACC) for a fundraising auction to support ACC’s work in cultural exchange and its next generation of grantees. As a 1995 ACC fellowship recipient, Cai and ACC have sustained a mutually supportive relationship over the years through a shared belief in the endless possibilities that can emerge when artists, thinkers, and world-changers from different cultures meet….