Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe

February 22–May 28, 2008

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Curated by Thomas Krens and Alexandra Munroe

Exhibition view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008. © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation New York. Photo by David Heald

Rotunda

Inopportune: Stage One
2004
Nine cars and sequenced multichannel light tubes
Dimensions variable

Installation view of exhibition copy at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008.

© Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation New York. Photo by David Heald.

Illusion
2004
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 the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008.

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio

Ramp 1

Exhibition view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008. 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 Shawinigan Space, National Gallery of Canada, Québec, 2006.

Photo courtesy the National Gallery of Canada.

Self-Portrait: A Subjugated Soul
1985/89
Gunpowder and oil on canvas
167 x 118 cm
Collection of Leo Shih

Photo courtesy Cai Studio

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

Painting of One Hundred Tigers
1993
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

Borrowing Your Enemy’s Arrows
1998
Wooden boat, canvas sail, arrows, metal, rope, Chinese flag, and electric fan
Boat: approximately 152.4 x 720 x 230 cm, arrows: approximately 62 cm each
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros in honor of Glenn D. Lowry

Installation view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008.

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio

Ramp 2

Exhibition view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008. Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio.

Head On
2006
Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin
99 life-sized replicas of wolves and glass wall. Wolves: gauze, resin, and hide
Dimensions variable
Commissioned by Deutsche Bank AG
Benesse Art Site Naoshima Collection

Installation view at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, 2009.

Photo by Erika Barahona-Ede, ©FMGB Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa, 2009.

Illusion II
2006
9 minutes and 2 seconds, loop
Two-channel video installation
Installation dimensions variable
Edition of 5. Deutsche Bank Collection (1/5) and Collection of the Artist

Installation view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008.

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio

Ramp 3

New York’s Rent Collection Courtyard, 2008. Realized at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. 72 life-sized sculptures created on site by Long Xu Li and eight guest artisan sculptors, clay, wire and wood armature, and other props and tools for sculpture, spinning night lamps, facsimile photocopies of documents and photographs related to the Rent Collection Courtyard (dated 1965). Life-sized sculptures. [Artwork Not Extant]

Installation view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, February, 2008. Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio

Ramp 4

Exhibition view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008. Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio.

Extension
1994
Gunpowder on paper, mounted on wood as 12-panel folding screen
240 x 1564.8 cm overall
Setagaya Art Museum

Installation view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008.

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio

The Century with Mushroom Clouds: Project for the 20th Century
1996
Gunpowder on paper
301.2 x 403 cm
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Jorie Marshall Waterman ’96 and Gwendolyn Dunaway Waterman ’93 Fund

Installation view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008.

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio

Drawing for The Century with Mushroom Clouds: Project for the 20th Century
1995–96
Gunpowder, ink, and dried lingzhi mushroom on paper, 20-page folding album
Lingzhi mushroom: Approximately 16 x 10 x 9 cm irregular dimensions
Solomon. R. Guggenheim Museum

Installation view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008.

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio

Ascending Dragon: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 2
1989
Gunpowder and ink on paper
240 x 300 cm
Private collection

Installation view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008.

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio

I Am an Extraterrestrial, Project for Meeting with Tenjin (Heavenly Gods): Project for Extraterrestrials No. 4
1990
Gunpowder and ink on paper mounted on canvas
227.4 x 182 cm
Collection of Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

Photo by Imamura Kaoru.

Chu Ba Wang
1985
Gunpowder, oil, and ink on canvas
155 x 150 cm

Photo courtesy Cai Studio.

Gunpowder Painting No. 8-10
1988
Gunpowder, acrylic, and paper pulp on canvas
227.3 x 181.8 cm

Photo courtesy Cai Studio.

Shadow: Pray for Protection
1985–86
Gunpowder, ink, candle wax, and oil on canvas, mounted on wood
155 x 300 cm

Photo courtesy Cai Studio.

Crater
1990
Gunpowder on papier-mâché
56 x 67 x 2.5 cm

Installation view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008.

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio

Typhoon
1985
Oil on canvas
78 x 100 cm

Photo courtesy Cai Studio.

Project to Extend the Great Wall of China by 10,000 Meters: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 10
1994
9 minutes 29 seconds, loop
Three-channel video installation with documentation of explosion event
Videography by Araki Takahisa
Explosion event realized at the Gobi desert, west of the Great Wall, Jiayuguan, Gansu Province, February 27, 1993, 7:35 p.m., 15 minutes
Dimensions variable, approximately 41 x 160 cm

Photo courtesy Cai Studio.

The Century with Mushroom Clouds: Project for the 20th Century (video documentation)
2008 (1996)
1 minute 47 seconds, loop
Videography by Araki Takahisa, edited by Paul Kuranko
Featured in this video compilation: Nevada Test Site, February 13; Michael Heizer’s Double Negative (1969–70), Mormon Mesa, Overton, Nevada, February 14; Looking toward Manhattan, April 20-21, 1996

Photo courtesy Cai Studio.

Human Abode: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 1
1989
Gunpowder on paper
212.8 x 154.3 cm

Photo courtesy Cai Studio.

Ramp 5

Exhibition view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008. © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation New York. Photo by David Heald

Bigfoot’s Footprints: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 6
1990
Gunpowder and ink on paper, mounted on wood as eight-panel folding screen
200 x 680 cm overall

Installation view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008.

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio

Bigfoot’s Footprints: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 6
1990
Gunpowder and ink on paper, 24-page folding album
33 x 318.5 cm opened
San Diego Museum of Art

Installation view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008.

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio

A Certain Lunar Eclipse: Project for Humankind No. 2
1991
Gunpowder and ink on paper, mounted on wood as seven-panel folding screen
200 x 595 cm overall
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

Installation view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008.

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio

A Certain Lunar Eclipse: Project for Humankind No. 2
1990
Gunpowder and ink on paper, 24-page folding album
33.5 x 320 cm opened
Private collection

Installation view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008.

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio

Inverted Pyramid on the Moon: Project for Humankind No. 3
1991
Gunpowder and ink on paper, mounted on wood as eight-panel folding screen
200 x 680 cm overall

Installation view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008.

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio

Inverted Pyramid on the Moon: Project for Humankind No. 3
1990
Gunpowder and ink on paper,  24-page folding album
33.5 x 320 cm opened
Private collection

Installation view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008.

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio

The Vague Border at the Edge of Time/Space Project
1991
Gunpowder on paper, mounted on wood as seven-panel folding screen
200 x 595 cm overall
Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain

Photo by André Morin, courtesy Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain.

The Vague Border at the Edge of Time/Space Project
1989
Gunpowder and ink on paper, 24-page folding album
33.5 x 320 cm opened
Private collection

Photo courtesy Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain.

Rebuilding the Berlin Wall: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 7
1991
Gunpowder and ink on paper, mounted on wood as seven-panel folding screen
200 x 595 cm overall
Private collection

Installation view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008.

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio

Rebuilding the Berlin Wall: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 7
1989
Gunpowder on paper, 24-page folding album
33.5 x 320 cm opened
Private collection

Photo courtesy Cai Studio.

Reviving the Ancient Signal Towers: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 8
1990
Gunpowder and ink on paper, mounted on wood as eight-panel folding screen
200 x 680 cm overall
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

Installation view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008.

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio

Reviving the Ancient Signal Towers: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 8
1989
Gunpowder and ink on paper, 24-page folding album
33.5 x 320 cm opened
Private collection

Photo courtesy Cai Studio.

The Immensity of Heaven and Earth: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 11
1991
Gunpowder on paper, mounted on canvas; refrigerator containing soil and ice made out of seawater
Dimensions variable. Gunpowder drawing 200 x 600 cm

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

Installation view at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, 2012.

Courtesy Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.

The Immensity of Heaven and Earth: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 11
1991
Gunpowder and ink on paper, 24-page folding album
33.5 x 320 cm opened
Private collection

Installation view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008.

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio

Fetus Movement II: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 9
1990
Gunpowder and ink on paper, mounted on wood as eight-panel folding screen
200 x 680 cm overall
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

Installation view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008.

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio

Seismogram, Electroencephalogram, and Electrocardiogram from Fetus Movement II: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 9
1992
Silkscreen and metallic marker on paper
56 x 76 cm
Limited edition

Photo courtesy Cai Studio.

Fetus Movement II: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 9 (gunpowder bag)
1992
Recycled plastic bag originally used to hold gunpowder for the explosion event with original gunpowder label and photograph decals
35 x 23.6 cm
Uneditioned multiple
Collection of the artist

Photo courtesy Cai Studio.

Drawing for Fetus Movement II: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 9
1992
Marker pen and ink on paper
48.5 x 66 cm

Photo by Daxin Wu, courtesy Cai Studio.

Drawing for Fetus Movement II: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 9
1992
Ink on paper
48.5 x 66.5 cm

Photo by Daxin Wu, courtesy Cai Studio.

Drawing for Fetus Movement II: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 9
1992
Gunpowder, ink, and pen on paper envelope
26.5 x 42 cm

Photo courtesy Cai Studio.

Drawing for Fetus Movement II: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 9
1992
Gunpowder and ink on paper
66.5 x 48.5 cm with mounting: 70.3 x 51.9 cm

Photo by Daxin Wu, courtesy Cai Studio.

Ramp 6

Exhibition view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008. © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation New York. Photo by David Heald

Drawing for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation: Ode to Joy
2002
Gunpowder on paper
300 x 400 cm
Private collection

Photo by Chen Shizhe, courtesy Cai Studio.

Transient Rainbow
2003
Gunpowder on paper
300 x 400 cm
Collection of Wijono Tanoko

Photo by Chang Guan-Hao, courtesy Eslite Gallery.

Tide Watching on West Lake
2004
Gunpowder on paper
403.8 x 304.4 cm
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Photo courtesy Cai Studio.

Nine Cars
2004
Gunpowder on paper
400 x 600 cm
Private collection

Installation view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008.

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio

Black Fireworks: Project for IVAM
2005
Gunpowder on paper, mounted on wood as 15-panel screen
240 x 1342 cm overall

Installation view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008.

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio

Pine Forest and Wolf: Drawing Experiment for Deutsche Guggenheim
2005
Gunpowder on paper, mounted on wood as four-panel screen
230 x 308 cm overall
Cleveland Museum of Art. Gift of Agnes Gund

Installation view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008.

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio

Dragon: Explosion on Pleats Please Issey Miyake
2000
Plexiglas column and gunpowder on Pleats Please garments
approx. dimensions
Acrylic pillar: 250 x 90 cm
Issey Miyake Collection

Installation view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008.

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio

Pine Tree and Eagle
2007
Gunpowder on paper, mounted on wood as eight-panel screen
230 x 620 cm overall

Installation view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008.

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio

Tower 2

An Arbitrary History: River, 2001. Installation incorporating resin and bamboo riverbed, water, yak skin and wood boats, and existing works by the artist presented as components. Dimensions variable. Collection of the artist (riverbed and boats), and various private and public collections.

Installation view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008. Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio.

The Age of Not Believing in God
1999
Wooden sculptures, arrows: bronze heads, bamboo and feather shaft
Installation dimensions variable
Sculptures: height: 80 to 130 cm ea.
Museum Ludwig Köln

Detail, installation view at S.M.A.K. Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent, 2003.

Photo courtesy Cai Studio.

Acupuncture for Venice
1995
Plastic, decal, water, and acupuncture needles
184.15 x 490.22 x 0.5 cm Installation dimensions variable according to configuration
Private collection

Installation view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008.

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio.

Snake Bag–Multiculture
1995
Snakes, snakeskin, altered mirror, light bulb, balance scale, photograph, bag, and crane
162.6 x 81.3 cm

Installation view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008.

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio.

Moxacautery–For Africa
1995
Wooden sculpture, medicine, moxa, and statement of treatment
Dimensions variable
Sculptures: Approximately 2 m long each 33.02 x 199.39 x 27.94 cm

Installation view at the First Johannesburg Biennial, 1995.

Photo by Cai Guo-Qiang, courtesy Cai Studio.

Arms—Contradiction
1994
Lead, wood
Dimensions variable. Wood: approximately 360.7 x 4 cm. Lead: 152.4 x 99 x 6.3 cm

Installation view at Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, 1994.

Photo courtesy Cai Studio.

Wailing Wall—From the Engine of Four Hundred Cars (Documentation)
1992
Documentation images of Wailing Wall–From the Engine of Four Hundred Cars (1992), printed on cloth diapers, and hanging device
Approximately 100 x 120 x 120 cm overall

Installation view as part of Arbitrary History: River at the Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, 2001.

Photo by Blaise Adilon, courtesy Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon.

A Boat with Dreams
2008
Wooden boat, paper lanterns, and electric lights
Dimensions variable
Faurschou Foundation

Installation view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008.

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio.

Trap: Project for the 20th Century
1997
Wood model of PT-109 boat, rattan bird cage, live birds, string, and documents regarding unrealized projects for the Queens Museum of Art
Installation dimensions variable. Model length: 83.82 cm Cage: 71.12 x 68.58 cm
Private collection, Japan

Installation view at the Queens Museum of Art, New York, 1997.

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio.

Tower 5

Cry Dragon/Cry Wolf: The Ark of Genghis Khan, 1996. 108 sheepskin bags, wooden branches, paddles, rope, three Toyota engines, and photocopies of various magazine covers and article clippings. Installation dimensions variable. Approximately: 350 x 1,986 x 261 cm.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Installation view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008. Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio.

Tower 7

Reflection—A Gift from Iwaki, 2004. Excavated wooden boat and porcelain. Installation dimensions variable. Boat: 500 x 500 x 1500 cm. Private Collection

Installation view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008. © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation New York. Photo by David Heald.

Reading Room

Danger Book: Suicide Fireworks (Exploded Prototype)
2007
Gunpowder, rice paste, and matches on paper, 48-page handmade artist book
75 x 102.8 x 2 cm opened. 75 x 51.4 x 2 cm closed
Prototype. Edition size: 9 unique books, proofs: 2 AP (1 exploded, 1 unexploded), 1 Prototype. Individually titled and signed by the artist. Edition commissioned by Ivory Press, 2008.
Collection of the artist, various private collections

Photo by Tatsumi Masatoshi, courtesy Cai Studio.

Black Peony
2008
Gunpowder on porcelain
66.83 x 37.31 x 5.72 cm
Edition size: 20 (1/20 to 20/20), proofs: 3 AP (AP-1 to AP-3), 1 Prototype
Individually signed and numbered by the artist
Collection of the artist, various private collections

Edition 15/20, 2008.

Photo by I-Hua Lee, courtesy Cai Studio.