Archive for September, 2009
Earlier this week, after passing through New York and Beijing, our retrospective I Want to Believe closed at its final venue, the Guggenheim Bilbao. We just received news that it was the second most-attended show in the museum’s history, with more than 560,000 visitors over the course of six months. That’s an average of 3221 visitors per day, no small feat. We’re pleased that this scenic, medium-sized city, with its verdant hills, clean air, and stunning architecture, turned out to be such an important travel destination for us. And this marks the end of the Guggenheim retrospective tour, an enormous chapter of our lives, which began a year and a half ago…
Our next solo show is going to be a lot of fun to travel to, and yet deeply tied to our roots. It will also feature some interactive works that break down barriers between art and audiences. If you know the work Cultural Melting Bath, you’ll have an inkling of why. That work was first shown in Queens in ’97 (already 12 years ago!), and it’s traveling to Taipei later this fall. Taiwan is just across the strait from Cai’s hometown, and it’s a place that quite a few of our studio staff call home. So, if you need an excuse to eat loads of Taiwanese food or take an herbal bath with strangers, book your plane ticket now and join us (no one here is exactly dreading this trip). It’s a retrospective show, but with new works and events open to the public. We predict this show will be very big but also very personal.
Kelly went to the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art to install Cai’s work Illusion of Childhood for the Museum’s exhibition Bike Rides, which will open on October 4th. The curator, Monica, invited Kelly to stay with her at her apartment, so Kelly got to meet her chubby cat, Casimiro, who loves to be the center of attention, even when they were just inflating the mattress…
Cai working with enginners to figure out how to position the Taihu rocks and pine trees for Cultural Melting Bath at The Taiwain Fine Arts Museum, so the building does not collapse and take out the staff office one floor below
In support of Cai’s long-time friend, Issey Miyake, the Studio posts a link to Mr. Miyake’s recent letter in the New York Times Op-Ed section, which shares hopeful thoughts about peace. The letter can also be found in a recently published book for learning English through texts about peace.
In 2008, Cai had an exhibition in Issey Miyake’s hometown, Hiroshima, Japan. The photo below shows the installation view at Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art.