Cai Guo-Qiang Head On

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Edited by: Deutsche Bank AG Introduction: Friedhelm Hütte Texts by: Dan Cameron, Nicholas Mirzoeff, Lao Zhu, Ariane Grigoteit German 2006, 128 Pages, 120 Ills. Hardcover, with booklet inserted into the cover 357mm x 284mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-1861-5
"AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers," 2006

Cai Guo-Qiang (*1957) is one of the most famous contemporary artists from China. Now based in New York, the multimedia artist combines symbols and techniques from the Middle Kingdom with Western elements. Feng shui dragons, Chinese medicine, fireworks, and gunpowder are the ingredients of his fascinating oeuvre. This approach was also seen in the first Chinese Pavilion, which he curated, at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005.
This book, produced in close cooperation with the artist, is a collection of Cai Guo-Qiang’s latest works, conceived for Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin. These include an installation with 99 wolves, a large-format gunpowder drawing, and a video of a spectacular fireworks display held at the Berlin venue. A selection of earlier works completes the book designed in a kindred spirit by Stefan Sagmeister. (English edition 978-3-7757-1862-2)


Exhibition schedule: Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, August 26–October 15, 2006 · Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, February 22–May 28, 2008