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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 January, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 January, 2008, 12:00am

The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation is sponsoring a retrospective on Chinese contemporary artist Cai Guoqiang at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York next month. How does that fit into the work of your organisation?

Caroline Pfohl-Ho, president of the foundation:

'Our mission is to promote Chinese art and culture as well as cross cultural understanding. This exhibition is perfect for that. And we wanted to capitalise on all the interest in China in 2008.

'It's the first time the Guggenheim has given a solo exhibition to a Chinese artist. Cai is very Chinese and his roots are very much in Chinese culture. He uses fung shui, Chinese medicine and Taoist elements but in a modern way that transcends his cultural roots and makes bridges with whatever place he's doing his art in. So he is a global as well as a Chinese artist. We are happy he is getting the exposure the museum is ready to give him so we wanted to help him in that way.'

Was it a nightmare to pull this project off?

'Cai's work is installation art and has unusual things such as the carcasses of animals, things the public will be very interested in. It was a complicated exhibition to pull together but our collaboration with Cai and the Guggenheim has been smooth. It's been great.'

How gunpowder artist Cai Guoqiang exploded onto the international art scene - see Post Magazine