CAI GUO-QIANG: I want to believe
February 22-May 28, 2008

installation process
at the guggenheim

On January 18, 2008, a team consisting of the artist Cai Guo-Qiang, members of his studio, full-time staff, and temporary installation crews of the Guggenheim Museum’s Curatorial, Art Services and Preparations, Registrar, Conservation, Fabrications, Construction, Multimedia, Lighting, and Exhibition Management departments began the month-long installation of Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe. The images here represent the technically challenging task of installing four of the exhibition’s works: Borrowing Your Enemy’s Arrows (1998), a suspended fishing boat pierced with approximately 3,000 arrows; Head On (2006), an arc of 99 life-size replicas of wolves that appear to be leaping head on into a glass wall; Inopportune: Stage One (2004), a series of nine cars, some of which are suspended from the top of the museum’s rotunda; and New York’s Rent Collection Courtyard (2008), a series of approximately 70 life-size sculptures.


Head On (2006)

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The artist positions one of  the 99 wolves, which were fabricated in China from papier-mâché, plaster, fiberglass, resin, and painted hide.