I Want To Believe @ the Guggenheim

By danielle

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I’ve been to the Guggenheim several times in my career, but have to say that this exhibit by the acclaimed Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang is up there as one of my ultimate favorites. From the moment I walked in to purchase my $18 ticket to the moment I left, I was blown away by the amazing site-specific installation. The entire time I couldn’t help but look up at the nine cars that occupy the central atrium of the Frank Lloyd Wright rotunda. They are presented in cinematic progression to simulate a car bombing. Around every bend, there was a new art form to take in and admire – from his masterful gunpowder drawings and videos showing the outdoor related explosion events to clay sculptures that symbolize Chinese culture and history. On Cai’s website, he calls the installation a mid-career retrospective. On our site, we call it a must-see event. FYI: The exhibition runs until May 28, 2008.

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