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This was Cai Guo-Qiang’s impressive installation Inopportune at the Guggenheim

Cai Guo-Qiang has been making art since 1985. However, the installation piece that he is perhaps most well known for, or at least helped to propel him to global fame, was his brief but impressive exploding rainbow of fireworks over the East River in 2002. This piece, which was created to commemorate MoMA’s opening in

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Anthony McCall & 10 of his best solid light works

Anthony McCall is a pioneering artist in ‘solid light’ installations. His works have been exhibited worldwide and always mesmerizing with the use of natural elements, light, fire and space to create art. Biography McCall was born in England in 1946. He studied graphic design and photography at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design in Kent

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Song Dong’s Waste Not – Why obsessive hoarding lead to this project

Song Dong’s Waste Not is an installation with a story behind it. A testament born of the artist’s mother, Zhao Xiangyuan’s hoardings, the installation consists of tools, plant pots, chairs, empty squeezed out tubes of toothpaste, television sets, all collected over a span of five decades. This obsessive hoarding of items resulted in an accumulation

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Anish Kapoor’s Leviathan at Grand Palais – His most impressive work yet?

The Leviathan at Grand Palais is just another massive artwork of Anish Kapoor that has captivated the world. Described by art enthusiasts as one of the most powerful artworks of all time, the sculpture is a culmination of the mental and physical dimensions. Like other works done by the same artist, this particular one has

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Tokujin Yoshioka’s Rainbow Church – The liberation of light

Rainbow church is aptly named and refers to an eight-meter-high installation that creates a rainbow as light is refracted within its space. The installation is a wall of crystal prism that throws off rainbows to anyone within the installation space. The 500 crystal prisms that make up the installation allow light passing through them to

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Lee Bul’s shiny, giant metal Zeppelin – Willing To Be Vulnerable

Lee Bul’s installation that saw the transformation of the Southbank Centre’s Hayward Gallery took place in 2018 between May and August. Occupying the entire art space, this exhibition was the artist’s first-ever solo show in London. In it, more than 118 other pieces created from the late 1980s to now were also showcased. However, it

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Giacometti / Bacon at Fondation Beyeler – The exhibition of the year?

The Fondation Beyeler sheds light on the exciting relationship between Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon. Both artists have created impressive works, which are now among the most expensive artworks. How did they inspire each other? The age difference between the older Giacometti and Bacon is eight years. Even before meeting him in person, the younger

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The new, intimate Giacometti museum in Paris – A first look

In the bustling heart of Paris, amidst its iconic boulevards and timeless architecture, lies a sanctuary dedicated to one of the most profound artistic minds of the 20th century: Alberto Giacometti. The Institut Giacometti, a beacon for art enthusiasts and historians alike, stands as a living testament to the indelible mark this Swiss sculptor and

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Tomás Saraceno’s In Orbit – A seemingly impossible installation

A massive installation by Tomás Saraceno titled In Orbit has to be one of the artist’s most notable and successful installations. At a height of more than 20 meters, Saraceno suspended a mesh construction within which audiences could move weightlessly on the net. The net construction, accessible on three levels, was designed to resemble a

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Why does Lara Almarcegui create massive piles of rubble?

Spanish born Lara Almarcegui who currently lives in Rotterdam has always had a deep curiosity for examining processes of contemporary transformation that are brought about by the social, political and economic transformations in society. Since the early 1990s, Lara has examined urban areas that most artists choose not to focus on, such as rubble from

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Lucio Fontana’s concetto spaziale – Mesmerizing neon installations

The Argentine-Italian artist Lucio Fontana dedicated his entire artistic career to exploring the concepts of space, light, and void as well as the cosmos through the use of an assortment of materials such as plaster, stones, ceramics, paint, and cement. In 1946, he founded the Altamira academy in Argentina and, along with a few students

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What are Kimsooja’s rainbow rooms all about?

Kimsooja is a Korean-born artist that has won recognition around the world. Despite living in New York, her work is exhibited across Europe, Asia and America. Her work includes performances, photographs, installations and videos. Kimsooja’s work involves several subjects like relationships with others, nomadism and the role of women in dealing with challenges that we

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Karina Smigla-Bobinski’s ADA creates these unpredictable paintings

ADA, a kinetic sculpture by Karina Smigla-Bobinski, stands out for being interactive and unpredictable; Imagine a giant ball that is filled with helium gas and its surface covered with charcoal spikes. The helium causes the ball to be suspended in the air and the charcoal sticks provide grips and a medium with which to create

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Olafur Eliasson’s Weather Project – Everything you should know

Olafur Eliasson has created a gigantic installation which in 2003 took overall space in Tate Modern, London. The artwork, a sun rising out of a mist, was bound to keep any visitor in awe. In this project named The Weather Project, the Scandinavian artist recreated the sun and the sky to occupy the Turbine Hall.

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Do Ho Suh – Almost home? An entire apartment recreated in museum

South Korean artist Do Ho Suh created an installation based on his New York home. It serves to highlight the permeable margins that are said to disconnect private and public in addition to the normalized concepts of global identity, space and place, diasporic movement, memory, and displacement. Do Ho Su’s biography is the inspiration of

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