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Cai Guo-Qiang. Installation view of "Monument," 2013. Courtesy Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Joana França.

Cai Guo-Qiang. Installation view of “Monument,” 2013. Courtesy Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Joana França.

Cai Guo-Qiang’s flying objects hang in Brazil, Diana Al-Hadid’s sculptures are installed Georgia, William Kentridge lectures in Paris and Vienna, and more in this week’s roundup:

  • Cai Guo-Qiang’s first solo exhibition in Brazil, Da Vincis do povo (Peasant da Vincis), is on view in both the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil and Centro Cultural Correios (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). Included in the exhibition are, according to the Rio Times, the artist’s gunpowder paintings, newly commissioned robots, and an installation of suspended planes, UFOs, and other flying machines. On view through September 23.
  • Diana Al-Hadid has a solo exhibition at the SCAD Museum of Art (Savannah, GA) that includes large-scale gypsum and metal sculptures, small bronzes, and drawings inspired by Italian and Northern Renaissance painting, Gothic architecture, and Hellenistic sculpture. On view through January 5, 2014.
  • Mary Reid Kelley‘s eleven-minute video, The Syphilis of Sisyphus, is showing at The Contemporary Austin (Austin, TX). Central to the video (which was made in collaboration with Mary’s husband Patrick Kelly) is “the poetic monologue of a young, pregnant prostitute named Sisyphus—played by the artist—as she ponders aloud the fate of women.” On view through September 1.
  • Richard Serra: Trajectory is coming soon to the Alan Cristea Gallery (London, UK). The exhibition will focus on three groups of etchings made by Serra in the past ten years. According to the gallery, “These prints are serious, minimal and sculptural—a closer look at their surface reveals a highly pitted, three-dimensional, intaglio landscape.” On view September 11–October 8.
  • Willam Kentridge‘s multimedia, avant-garde chamber opera, Refuse The Hour, opened for five performances at the Quartier D’ete Festival (Paris, FR) followed by three performances at the Impulstanz Dance Festival (Vienna, AT). As part of Refuse The Hour, Kentridge gives a series of lectures on stage. View a clip below: