Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Avenue, SW
Pavilion, Street Level Floor Plan
Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang explores how past and present artistic expression is driven by contact between cultures and peoples. His site-specific installation Reflection consists of a 50-foot-long skeleton of a sunken Japanese fishing boat resting upon an imaginary beach of gleaming white porcelain fragments of deities from Dehua, China. The ship and the porcelain complements another Sackler exhibition Iraq and China (opening Dec. 4) and more broadly link connections of the past with movements in our global present. This installation is paired with another exhibition Directions -- Cai Guo-Qiang: Traveler, focusing upon the relationship of humans with the cosmos, on view in the Hirshhorn Museum.