For the show at the Deutsche Guggenheim, the first solo presentation of his work in Germany, Cai Guo-Qiang developed a special concept that reflects the diversity of his oeuvre and establishes a unique link to the city of Berlin.
Head On: Deutsche Bank Collection
curated by Friedhelm Hutte, Deutsche Bank Collection
Cai Guo-Qiang, born 1957 in Quanzhou City, Fujian Province, is one of the leading contemporary artists. The practice of the New York based artist draws on a wide variety of symbols, narratives, traditions and materials such as fengshui, Chinese medicine, and gunpowder. For the show at the Deutsche Guggenheim, the first solo presentation of his work in Germany, Cai Guo-Qiang developed a special concept that reflects the diversity of his oeuvre and establishes a unique link to the city of Berlin.
In his space-filling installation, Head On, 99 wolves race towards a wall to the east. While the first ones crash into it, the pack still chases after the leader. The large-format drawing titled Vortex also uses the motif of the wolf. Like a cyclone, thousands of them rush across the paper in an organic unit demonstrating energy, strength and fierce resolution. In a special performance prior to the exhibition opening, Cai Guo-Qiang will create this 9x4-meter drawing using various sorts of gunpowder. These two works are supplemented by the video Illusion II, the documentation of a spectacular performance with explosives, which will be produced prior to the show in Berlin.
Cai Guo-Qiang: Head On, Deutsche Bank Collection continues the series of shows from the corporate collection of Deutsche Bank. Furthermore, in 2008, Deutsche Bank will be the main sponsor of the Cai Guo-Qiang retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum, New York.
Press Conference: Friday, August 25, 2006, 11 a.m.
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