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Pause - Kiki Smith at The Dragon Museum of Contemporary Art.
Cai Guo-Qiang’s Dragon Museum of Contemporary Art (DMOCA) is a permanent work in the The Echigo-Tsumari Triennial . For the first triennial he transported an ancient 35-metre long kiln from his native province in China and had it painstakingly rebuilt on a remote slope of the Tsunan area. This ongoing art ‘museum’, which Cai curates each triennial, this year features a series of Kiki Smith’s sculptures, appropriately fired from clay, entitled Pause
. The exhibition was inaugurated in July with an amusingly official ceremony in which the two artists, the triennial director and the local mayor cut a ribbon with gold scissors. With his characteristic penchant for gunpowder Cai and his assistant symbolically ‘re-fired’ the kiln and re-animated the museum by throwing handfuls of fireworks into its dark interior. DMOCA also acts as a venue for local people to use for performances and poetry readings.
Pause - Kiki Smith at The Dragon Museum of Contemporary Art.

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