Cai Guo-Qiang: Inopportune: Stage One

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Artist Cai Guo-Qiang is on-site at the Guggenheim, supervising as harnessed exhibition installers suspended from cables hoist nine identical white sedans into the central void of the museum’s iconic rotunda. The meticulously positioned cars, along with sequenced, multichannel light tubes, form Inopportune: Stage One (2004), an installation that simulates a car bomb explosion spiraling upward—in cinematic progression—from the rotunda floor. The work forms part of the artist’s retrospective exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe. As Senior Curator of Asian Art Alexandra Munroe explains, Inopportune: Stage One exhibits Cai’s interest in feng shui, pyrotechnic science, cosmological science, and ancient Chinese myth, confronting viewers with a scene at once tremendously violent and highly aestheticized.

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