Cai Guo-Qiang: The Ninth Wave

August 8–October 26, 2014

Power Station of Art, Shanghai

Curated by Gong Yan

Chapter Two: Remembrance, 2014.
Photo by Lin Yi, courtesy Cai Studio

Chapter One: Elegy, 2014.
Photo by Stephanie Lee, courtesy Cai Studio

Chapter One: Elegy, 2014.
Photo by Stephanie Lee, courtesy Cai Studio

Chapter Three: Consolation, 2014.
Photo by Stephanie Lee, courtesy Cai Studio.

Chapter Three: Consolation, 2014.
Photo by Stephanie Lee, courtesy Cai Studio.

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Elegy: Explosion Event for the Opening of Cai Guo-Qiang: The Ninth Wave, 2014. Realized on the riverfront of the Power Station of Art, Shanghai, August 8, 5:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., approximately 8 minutes. Fireworks. Commissioned by the Power Station of Art, Shanghai [Ephemeral]

First Floor

The Ninth Wave sailing on the Huangpu River by the Bund, Shanghai, 2014. Photo by Wen-You Cai, courtesy Cai Studio.

The Ninth Wave
2014
Installation incorporating 99 life-sized replicas of animals, wooden fishing boat, one white flag, electric fan
1700 x 455 x 580 cm
Commissioned by the Power Station of Art, Shanghai

Installation view at the Power Station of Art, Shanghai, 2014.

Photo by Zhang Feiyu, courtesy Cai Studio

Silent Ink
2014
Concrete fragments, steel bars, insulation, water pump, pond: 20,000 liters of black ink
Pond: 250 square meters
Commissioned by the Power Station of Art, Shanghai

Installation views at the Power Station of Art, Shanghai, 2014.

Photos by Zhang Feiyu, courtesy Cai Studio

Impression of The Ninth Wave
2014
Gunpowder on paper
300 x 400 cm

Installation views at the Power Station of Art, Shanghai, 2014.

Photos by Wen-You Cai, courtesy Cai Studio

Air of Heaven
2014
3 baby dolls, motorized swing set
Dimensions variable

Installation views at the Power Station of Art, Shanghai, 2014.

Photos by Zhang Feiyu, courtesy Cai Studio

Birds and Flowers of Brazil
2013
Gunpowder on paper
1800 x 400 cm
Commissioned by Banco do Brasil

Installation views at the Power Station of Art, Shanghai, 2014.

Photos by Zhang Feiyu, courtesy Cai Studio

Boy Cai in Shanghai
2014
Site-specific installation for interactive activities: multimedia tablets, headphones, LCD monitors, furniture, paper templates, various craft materials
Dimensions variable
Commissioned by Based on Let’s Create an Exhibition with a Boy Named Cai, originally commissioned by the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Children’s Art Centre with support from the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation for the exhibition Falling Back To Earth (2013)

Second Floor

The Bund Without Us, 2014. Gunpowder on paper, 400 x 2700 cm. Commissioned by the Power Station of Art, Shanghai. Bao Long Art Museum.

Photo by Lin Yi, 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
Deutsche Bank Collection

Installation views at the Power Station of Art, Shanghai, 2014.

Photos by Wen-You Cai, courtesy Cai Studio

Illusion II
2006
9 minutes and 2 seconds, loop
Two-channel video installation
Installation dimensions variable

Installation views at the Power Station of Art, Shanghai, 2014.

Photos by Zhang Feiyu, courtesy Cai Studio

Al Shaqab
2011
32 minutes 50 seconds
Bedouin carpets, Sadou cushions, video projection.  Videography and editing by Zhang Keming
Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

Installation views at the Power Station of Art, Shanghai, 2014.

Photos by Wen-You Cai, courtesy Cai Studio

Cai Guo-Qiang: The Ninth Wave Exhibition Process Sketches
2014
Seventy-seven sketches with pen and pencil on paper
Dimensions variable
Power Station of Art

Installation views at the Power Station of Art, Shanghai, 2014.

Photos by Zhang Feiyu, courtesy Cai Studio

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, 2014 Gunpowder on porcelain. Suite of 4 panels, 240 x 300 cm each; 240 tiles, 40 x 30 cm each. Commissioned by the Power Station of Art, Shanghai. Photo by Zhang Feiyu, courtesy Cai Studio.

Spring
2014
Gunpowder on porcelain
240 x 300 cm

Photos by Daxin Wu, courtesy Cai Studio

Summer
2014
Gunpowder on porcelain
240 x 300 cm

Photos by Daxin Wu, courtesy Cai Studio

Fall
2014
Gunpowder on porcelain
240 x 300 cm

Photos by Daxin Wu, courtesy Cai Studio

Winter
2014
Gunpowder on porcelain
240 x 300 cm

Photos by Daxin Wu, courtesy Cai Studio

Timeline, 2014. Installation incorporating artworks, artifacts, photographs and ephemera. Dimensions variable.

Photo by Wen-You Cai, courtesy Cai Studio.

The Bund Without Us No. 2
2014
Gunpowder on paper
306 x 202 cm
Donated to ACC

Photo by Wen-You Cai, courtesy Cai Studio.

The Bund Without Us No. 9
2014
Gunpowder on paper
76.5 x 40 cm
Private collection

Photo by Wen-You Cai, courtesy Cai Studio.