Cai Guo-Qiang


A mini-documentary on artist Cai Guo-Qiang, providing a behind the scenes look at the making of gunpowder paintings on glass at his studio.

Cai Guo-Qiang is one of six contemporary artists invited to explore the Guggenheim’s collection as a curator of the exhibition “Artistic License: Six Takes on the Guggenheim Collection”. As part of his presentation, Cai produced new gunpowder paintings in homage to iconic abstract works in the Guggenheim collection. He says, “I used mirrors and glass to create a few large-scale iconic pieces. I deliberately placed their ‘brand’ onto them and then used gunpowder to explode them. Actually, gunpowder has become a brand of mine. After these masters’ works are baptized by gunpowder, their brand undergoes a kind of deconstruction.”

Producers: Alex Barber, Caitlin Dover, Stephen Grant, Stephan Knuesel, Alisha Levin
Director of Photography: Stephan Knuesel
Editor: Miao Wang (threewatersproductions)
Sound recordist and Mix: Josh Allen (
Composer: Denise Mei Yan Hofmann (
Graphics: Jae-eun Chung, Michael Enten, Janice Lee, Brette Richmond
Interviewers: Ylinka Barotto, Caitlin Dover, Nancy Spector