Time-lapse: Chen Zhen’s “Precipitous Parturition”

This time-lapse video documents the installation of Chen Zhen’s work “Precipitous Parturition” (1999) in the rotunda of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Presented as part of the exhibition “Art and China after 1989,” Chen’s work consists of a writhing, 20-meter dragon made from hundreds of bicycle inner tubes. Its pregnant belly, covered with tiny black plastic cars, symbolizes China’s rapid transition from a nation of bicycles to a nation of cars.

Chen Zhen is one of more than 70 artists whose work is presented in “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World,” on view at the museum October 6, 2017–January 7, 2018.

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