Inopportune: Stage two (2004) by the Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang (1957) has only been shown once previously at the Kröller-Müller, but it was immediately a visitors’ favourite. This room-filling and impressive installation consists of nine life-sized replica tigers that jump powerfully through the room. The tigers are pierced by dozens of arrows and are in their death throes. This poignant work is not only an indictment against the eradication of this predator, but also more generally against the havoc that humankind wreaks with all forms of violence and war.

Image: Cai Gao-Qiang, Inopportune: Stage two, 2004, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, photographer: Marjon Gemmeke