The Cool House: Cai Guo-Qiang: I want to Believe

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Cai Guo-Qiang: I want to Believe

There's such a lot to see at the Met, MoMA and other New York museums at the moment but one not-to-be-missed show is at the iconic Guggenheim. Amazing architecture and awe-inspiring art in one space, so I had to go and see it for myself.
Inspired by a car bomb Inopportune Stage One occupies the rotunda of the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan, New York and is the initial installation of Cai Guo-Qiang' s exhibition: I want to Believe. White cars tumble skywards while lasers shoot out of the vehicles, turning an image of destruction into one of beauty.
Further along the gallery a pack of wolves hurtles into a glass wall and a fishing boat pierced with 3,000 arrows is suspended from the ceiling. Visitors can walk among the exhibits, including the life-size clay figures in the Rent Collection Courtyard or even go on a river trip in an animal hide raft.
Most of the works were shown first at other galleries but there is something about the unique space of Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum that is superbly suited to Cai's work.
A large part of the experience for me was amazement at the staging of the exhibits so be sure to visit the website to see how some of them were installed.

The exhibition runs through May 28 2008 at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
More information here.

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