Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Avenue at 7th Street, SW
Level 3 Floor Plan
Unlucky Year: Unrealized Projects from 2003-2004 is a series of drawings created by igniting gunpowder on paper, highlighting Cai's interest in using a seemingly destructive material as a tool for creation. In addition, the explosive events were intended to make viewers aware of the possibility of creating for and communicating with unseen and otherworldly presences -- an intergalactic dialogue.
This installation is paired with another exhibition: Perspectives -- Cai Guo-Qiang: Traveler: Reflection, focusing on intercultural exchange, on view in the Sackler Gallery. Cai Guo-Qiang is known for artwork that incorporates traditional elements of Chinese culture -- often related to healing, traveling, and communicating -- into contemporary contexts.
Video (11 min.) of artist's explosion events featured daily in lobby.