Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe / Guggenheim Museum, New York

Currently, the Guggenheim Museum in New York presents Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe, a comprehensive retrospective of the Chinese-born artist Cai Guo-Qiang (until May 28, 2008). The show presents early works, gunpowder darwings, explosion events, installations, and social projects. Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe features more than 80 works from the 1980s to the present. The exhibition has been designed as a site-specific presentation within Fank Lloyd Wright’s rotunda building and also in galleries of the Annex. According to the artist, the presentation fills the museum with the energy of an explosion. Eight of Cai Guo-Qiang’s most important installations are on display, the most dominating one being “Inopportune: Stage One (2004)”, comprised of nine cars pierced with blinking light tubes that simulate the trajectory of a car-bomb explosion tumbling upwards through the atrium’s void. On the Guggenheim Museum’s website there is an interesting video and a photo series of the installation process of the exhibition. Guggenheim Museum New York, March 27, 2008.

> Right-click (Mac: ctrl-click) this link to download Quicktime video file.