Walking on the edge of a building or hanging out of the window, now visitors can enjoy such unusual tricks being pulled off on a rather curious Victorian building.
Exhibition The Confines of the Great Void is turning something impossible into reality with the help of optical illusion. This installation art feast by Argentinian conceptual artist Leandro Erlich is now underway at CAFA Art Museum. (Photo/CGTN)
People taking pictures at the installation "Stairs" at the exhibition "The Confines of the Great Void" at the CAFA Art Museum. (CGTN Photo)
Spanning 25 years of Erlich's artist life, showcasing 20 large-scale interactive installations, the exhibition brings a participatory art experience for the audience.
The Confines of the Great Void is a retrospective of Erlich's most famous works, including his signature works Swimming Pool, Rain, and Building that continue to mesmerize viewers worldwide.
With a mirror positioned at a 45-degree angle and a very detailed facade of a building, people are walking on it without any safety measures. This installation was already seen overseas for a few times but this new version is inspired by the distinct elements of Chinatown in New York.
People walking on the installation "Building" at the exhibition "The Confines of the Great Void" at CAFA Art Museum.(CGTN Photo)
Erlich created many imaginary places without definite boundaries, such as the Swimming Pool, which people can stand at the bottom or watching from the top; and a house uprooted from the ground, affixed to the base of the structure create the illusion that it has been torn away from its plot like a tree.
Bottom view of the installation "Swimming Pool" at the exhibition "The Confines of the Great Void" at the CAFA Art Museum. (CGTN Photo)
The installation "Roots" at the exhibition "The Confines of the Great Void" at the CAFA Art Museum.(CGTN Photo)
Inspired by everyday life and the shared human experience, his work features the extensive use of expressive approaches to confront viewers with their conceptual limits.
The installation "Window and Ladder" at the exhibition "The Confines of the Great Void" at the CAFA Art Museum.(CGTN Photo)
Erlich believes that when people participate in his installations they will rethink and recreate, so his art does not end with the completion of the work; it can only be fulfilled by the experience by the viewers. The exhibition runs through August 25. Travel tips: Address: No. 8 Huajiadi South Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing Day opening hours: 9:30-17:30 Night opening hours: 18:30-21:00 (Close on Monday) Due to the peak summer tourism season, it is suggested to visit on weekdays or at night. Admission fee: Weekday ticket 108 yuan Weekend ticket 128 yuan Night ticket 88 yuan