Cai Guo-Qiang: Inopportune

December 11, 2004–October 30, 2005

MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art), North Adams, MA

Curated by Laura Heon

Organized by MASS MoCA, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art

Inopportune: Stage One2004. Nine cars and sequenced multichannel light tubes. Dimensions variable

Installation view at MASS MoCA, North Adams, 2004. Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio

Inopportune: Stage Two, 2004. First realized at MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art)
Nine life-sized tiger replicas, arrows, and mountain stage prop. Tigers: papier-mâché, plaster, fiberglass, resin, and painted hide; arrows: brass, threaded bamboo shaft, and feathers; and stage prop: Styrofoam, wood, canvas, and acrylic paint. Dimensions variable. Collection of Kröller-Müller Museum

Installation view at MASS MoCA, North Adams, 2004. Photo by Kevin Kennefick, courtesy MASS MoCA

Cai Ruiqin (b. 1935 – d. 2016, Quanzhou, China)

Painting of One Hundred Tigers
Handscroll, ink on paper mounted on silk
45.6 x 670 cm
Cai Guo-Qiang Collection

Installation view at Shawinigan Space, National Gallery of Canada, Québec, 2006.

Photo by Kazuo Ono, courtesy Cai Studio.

Nine Cars
Gunpowder on paper
400 x 600 cm
Private collection

Photo courtesy the National Gallery of Canada.

1 minute 30 seconds
Three-channel video, transferred to DVD
Videography by John Borst; Edited by Lauren Petty
Dimensions variable depending on configuration. 700 cm
Limited DVD edition of 5

1/5 in the collection of the Seattle Art Museum, 2/5 in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, 3/5—5/5 in the collection of the artist

Installation view at SITE Santa Fe, 2006.

Photo by Cai Guo-Qiang, courtesy Cai Studio.