Sunday, May 25, 2008

boom! bam!! bang!!!

cai guo-xiang @ the guggenheim
"Inopportune: Stage One" (2004) - Guggenheim Museum - 5th Ave. bw. E88th & E89th - map it here

You still have 3 days to run to the Guggenheim Museum to see I Want to Believe, the retrospective of the works of Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang. Hurry up: it closes on the 28th!!

In the Frank Lloyd Wright rotunda, seven white cars are suspended as if they were flipping down into the space, with neon sparks flashing in different colors. It is full or energy, motion, colors, lights, noises, explosion. It is shocking, extravagant, powerful, amazing and just so fascinating.
cai guo-xiang @ the guggenheim
cai guo-xiang @ the guggenheim
There's much more to see. If you're intrigued, take a look at The New York Times slideshow of the exhibition, its accompanying article and a video showing how Cai Guo-Qiang creates his gunpowder drawings:
• Cai Guo-Qiang - I Want to Believe: slideshow of the exhibition
• NYT article: Cars and Gunpowder and Plenty of Noise
• NYT video: Creative Sparks


J said...
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marlow said...

great, this is the nice parking lot of the future;)

marley said...

Wow! That is what you call an art installation! Very cool, you've captured it so well :)

b.c. said...

awesome, i love these shots--almost makes up for not being there in person to see it

slim said...

Like Marlow's comment ;-)
Looks like a perfect space for such a WOW show. What would FLW think of it? It must have been quite something to watch it being hung. Love the sparks . . . great post with the extra links, Eliane.

Olivier said...

toujours aussi surprenante ces expositions ;o)

Bergson said...

une exposition qui vous met la tête à l'envers

Monika N. said...

Wow...! I would be afraid to walk underneath.

• Eliane • said...

Thank you all. Merci beaucoup.
I wished you could have all been there. It is much more impressive to see this "in person". A great use of that space. I would think that FLW would approve. He was a bit on the crazy side, you know. ;)