VTV Classics (r3): Cai Guo-Qiang: Head On (2009)

With this video we continue our series of VTV Classics. VTV Classics (r3) highlights the treasures of VernissageTV’s huge archive. Back then published in Standard Definition, these classics are now re-mastered, re-edited and reissued.

This time we go back to the year 2009. At that time, the Chinese-born, New York-based artist Cai Guo-Qiang had a large solo exhibition at the Museo Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain. Part of the exhibition was one of his most famous works, the installation “Head On”. The piece was created in 2006 for Cai Guo-Qiang’s first solo exhibition of the same name in Germany at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin.

Head On is a huge installation in which 99 life-sized replicas of wolves rush headlong into a glass wall. Although the leader of the pack crashes into the wall, the other wolves still race after him. The wolves in the artwork are made of gauze, resin, and hide.

VTV Classics (r3): Cai Guo-Qiang: Head On (2009), r3 Series, No. 74 / December 13, 2020. First published on VTV on March 24, 2009.

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