Since graduating from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1997, Cai Zhisong has grown into an active, successful sculptor. While teaching at his alma mater, he has won awards and exhibited widely at home and abroad.
Now, as an independent artist, Cai has taken on a new role — running an art museum named after him to not only showcase his work but also to provide a platform for homegrown artists.
Opened on Nov 19, Zhisong Gallery, suited in the southern suburb of Beijing, was inaugurated with a show to navigate Cai's career over three decades, displaying several series of repute, such as Roses, Floating Clouds and Homeland.
Cai says he hopes the museum will open up a dialogue on the presentation of Chinese cultural traditions in the sense of contemporary art, supported by more academic studies, and thereafter, to prompt the work of more home artists.