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One of the most amazing pieces of contemporary art is without doubt “Head On” by artist Cai Guo-Qiang.
Cai Guo-Qiang is a Chinese artist who lives and works in New York. He was born in 1957 in the Fujian Province of China. He went to study stage design at the Shanghai Theater Academy. In 1986 he started experimenting with his drawings by using gunpowder. Later, his experiments involved fireworks and pyrotechnic performances which he recorded on video. Feeling stifled in China, he moved to New York in 1995. He wanted to be able to experiment at will. Nowadays he is one of the most important contemporary artists. His experience with fireworks allowed him to be able to orchestrate the fireworks display that dazzled people at the 2008 Olympics.
“Head On” by artist Cai Guo-Qiang is probably one of the most dramatic and full of symbolism pieces of contemporary art made by him. “Head On” was created for the artist’s solo exhibition presented at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin, Germany (2006 ). The Chinese artist came with the idea for this work after visiting Berlin in 2005 and noticing the tension that still remains between East and West Germany.
Cai Guo-Qiang wanted to represent Hitler and his soldiers in his work. The wolves follow Hitler, “the big bad wolf”, blindly, unsure of the direction. They eventually smash into a wall, broken, crumpled and defeated. Alongside “Head On”, the artist created a gunpowder drawing called “Vortex”. The second work was meant to compliment the first piece.
What do you think about “Head On” by artist Cai Guo-Qiang?