Wildlife exhibition in NY steals show

Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

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Violent clash between human and nature Cai Guo-Qiang's recent works
New York's Guggenheim Museum's retrospective of the work of the Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang is nothing if not action packed.

The galleries are rife with the sound of explosions and the sight of suspended objects and wildlife (stuffed) that they seem right out of martial-arts spy thriller. Organized by Thomas Krens, director of the Guggenheim Foundation, and Alexandra Munroe, the museum's senior curator of Asian art, the exhibition will be on till the end of March.

On the first ramp, nine stuffed tigers pin-cushioned with scores of arrows writhe in the air in furious death throes--a violent clash between nature and man that conjures royal hunts, extinct species and excessive force.

On the next ramp, 99 stuffed wolves stream toward the ceiling and hurl themselves at a glass wall; the work suggests another instance of nature running amok or perhaps mindless might aimed at an invisible enemy like terrorism.

In contrast, "An Arbitrary History River," a considerably less flamboyant installation work, involves attractively rough-hewn pieces, including a woven-basket canal filled with water.

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