Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang

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Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang
Directed byKevin Macdonald
StarringIan Buruma
Guo-Qiang Cai
Wen-You Cai
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • October 14, 2016 (2016-10-14)
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguagesEnglish, Mandarin

Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang is a 2016 documentary film directed by Kevin Macdonald about the life and work of Cai Guo-Qiang known for his artwork with the help of gunpowder.[1] The film was released by Netflix on October 14, 2016.[2]


The story is told both through Cai Guo-Qiang's own words, as well as family, friends and observers of his craft, spanning from the artist's childhood in Mao's China just starting out, all the way to present day highly-publicized public art performances on a global scale.[3]



  1. ^ "Cai Guo-Qiang Sets the Art World Aflame in New Netflix Documentary". Artnet. 14 October 2016. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  2. ^ Jaworowski, Ken (13 October 2016). "Review: Fireworks in 'Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang'". The New York Times. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  3. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (13 October 2016). "Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang review – jaw-dropping pyrotechnics". The Guardian. Retrieved July 4, 2019.

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