Cai Guo-Qiang. Inopportune: Stage two

Edition 31 October 2019

The monumental installation Inopportune: Stage two consists of nine replica tigers pierced by dozens of arrows and a set decoration in the shape of a mountain with a tree. The tigers are suspended in the space in their death throes. With the life like depiction, the Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang (1957) evokes a direct, physical response in the audience: the observer feels the pain of the tigers pierced by arrows. Inopportune: Stage two has only been shown once previously at the Kröller-Müller, but it was immediately a visitors’ favourite.

The culture and tradition of his native China are important sources of inspiration for Cai Guo-Qiang. The five elements (water, wood, metal, earth and fire), the corresponding organs of the human body (kidneys, liver, lungs, stomach and heart) and the tastes salty, sour, tart, sweet and bitter form the basis of his thinking and his creativity. Many of Cai’s works are about the release of energy and the creation of new possibilities through destruction. Cai’s idea behind this is that, out of chaos humanity must constantly seek a balance with the forces of the universe. The complex relationship between man and his environment is the theme of Inopportune: Stage two.

To be seen until April 19, 2020
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