Serizawa Takashi. “Cai Guo-Qiang + P3.” In Cai Guo-Qiang. Primeval Fireball: The Project for Projects, unpaginated. Exh. cat. Tokyo: P3 art and environment, 1991. In Japanese and English.


Kobayashi Kenji. “Deeper, Larger and Farther.” Bijutsu Techo (Tokyo) 649 (Jan. 1992), pp. 12–19. In Japanese.


Konno Yuichi. “Cai Guo-Qiang: The Palette of Light that Shoots the Sky.” UR (Tokyo) 7 (Mar. 1993), pp. 5–48. In Japanese.

Serizawa Takashi. “Interview with Cai Guo-Qiang.” Bijutsu Techo (Tokyo) 671 (Jun. 1993), pp. 121–128. In Japanese.


Nakamura Keiko. “The Universalism and Individualism of Art.” Keiko Nakamura Interview Collection, pp. 255–286. Tokyo: Seidosha, 1996. In Japanese.

Takeda Norihito and Takeda Masaaki. “Interview with Cai Guo-Qiang: The Internationalism of Art and the Position of Artists.” Sturm Literary Magazine (Tokyo) 7 (1996), pp. 106–115. In Japanese.


Jolles, Claudia. “Künstler sind wie Kung-Fu-Kämpfer.” Kunst-Bulletin (Zurich) 4 (Apr. 1997), pp. 12–19. In German.

Lutfy, Carol. “Asian Artists in America: Cai Guo-Qiang.” Atelier International (Tokyo) 834 (Mar.–Apr. 1997), pp. 84–91. In Japanese and English.


Han, Dora. “Cai Guo-Qiang on ‘Performance’ in Art.” Dialogue (Taipei) 18 (Sept. 1998), pp. 126–133. In Chinese.


Gao Minglu. “Traces of Gunpowder Explosions.” Dushu (Beijing) 9 (1999), pp. 87–93. In Chinese.

Matt, Gerald. “Gerald Matt in Conversation with Cai Guo-Qiang.” In Cai Guo-Qiang: I Am the Y2K Bug, ed. Gerald Matt, pp. 50–57. Exh. cat. Vienna: Kunsthalle Wien, 1999. In German and English.

Reprint: In Gerald Matt, Interviews, pp. 76–81. Köln: Walther König, 2007. Editions in English and German.


Chiu, Melissa. “Off With A Bang: An Interview with Controversial Artist Cai Guo-Qiang.” Postwest (Sydney) 17 (2000), pp. 28–31. In English.

Fei Dawei. “To Dare to Accomplish Nothing. Fei Dawei Interviews Cai Guo-Qiang.” In Cai Guo-Qiang, ed. Dawei Fei, pp. 117–135. Exh. cat. London: Thames & Hudson and Paris: Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, 2000. Editions in French and English.

Huang Du. “Cultural Witchery, Alchemy, and ‘Explosion’.” Avant-Garde Today (Tianjin) 9 (2000), pp. 43–65. In Chinese.

Jouanno, Evelyne. “Cai Guo-Qiang: Between Heaven and Earth.” Flash Art (Milan) 33, no. 214 (Nov./Dec. 2000), pp. 66–68. In English.

Ujica, Andrei. “A Conversation: Cai Guo-Qiang and Andrei Ujica.” In Cai Guo-Qiang, ed. Fei Dawei, pp. 81–88. In English.

Wu Hung. “On ‘Rent-Collecting House’: An Interview with Cai Guo-Qiang.” Sculpture (Beijing) 21 (2000), pp. 8–11. In Chinese.


Busch, Bernd. “Auf der Suche nach der Ewigkeit im Ephemeren.” In Feuer, ed. Bernd Busch in collaboration with Johann Georg Goldammer and Andrea Denk, pp. 586–600. Köln: Wienand, 2001. In German.

Luo Rong. “Interview with Cai Guo-Qiang.” Design Trends (Shanghai) 5/6 (Nov. 2001), pp. 115–127. In Chinese.

Sans, Jérôme. “Interview.” In Arte all’Arte: Arte Architettura Paesaggio, pp. 54–56. Exh. cat. San Gimignano and Siena: Associazione Arte Continua and Gli Ori, 2001. In Italian and English.


Demattè, Monica. “Half Empty, Half Full: A Conversation with Cai Guo-Qiang.” In Cai Guo-Qiang, pp. 26–37. Exh. cat. Trento: Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, 2002. In Italian and English.

———. “The Art of Catching the Void.” Work (Trento) 1, no. 3 (Oct.–Dec. 2002), pp. 14–15. In Italian and English.

Sans, Jérôme. “Light Your Fire.” In Cai Guo-Qiang: An Arbitrary History, pp. 45–59. Exh. cat. Lyon: Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon and Milan: 5 Continents Editions S.r.l., 2002. In French and English.

Zaya, Octavio. “Octavio Zaya in Conversation with Cai Guo-Qiang.” In Cai Guo-Qiang, eds. Dana Friis-Hansen, Octavio Zaya, and Takashi Serizawa, pp. 6–35. London: Phaidon Press Limited, 2002. In English.


Chiu, Melissa. “Interview.” In Cai Guo Qiang. Light Cycle: Explosion Project for Central Park, unpaginated. Exh. cat. New York: Asia Society and Creative Time, 2004. In English.


Caballero, David Rodríguez. “East-West-East.” In Cai Guo-Qiang: On Black Fireworks, pp. 104–131. Exh. cat. Valencia: Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, 2005. In Spanish and English.

Goodbody, Bridget. “No Introductions Necessary.” ArtAsiaPacific (New York) 45 (Summer 2005), pp. 42–45. In English.

Ma, Jennifer Wen. “I Wish It Never Happened.” In Cai Guo-Qiang: Inopportune, pp. 54–69. Exh. cat. North Adams, Massachusetts: MASS MoCA, 2005. In English.

McCoy, Michelle. “An Interview with Cai Guo-Qiang, Curator of the China Pavilion, Virgin Garden: Emersion.” Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art (Taipei) 4, no. 3 (Sept. 2005), pp. 36–38. In English.

Tanguy, Sarah. “Conversation with Cai Guo-Qiang: Fire Medicine.” Sculpture (Washington, D.C.) 24, no. 4 (May 2005), pp. 32–37. In English.


Goodbody, Bridget. “Outside Chance: Cai Guo-Qiang claims air rights at the Met.” Time Out New York (New York) 553 (May 4–10, 2006), p. 66. In English.

Grigoteit, Ariane. “The River of Time: Of Lions, Wolves, and Dogs.” Visuell (Frankfurt am Main) (2006), pp. 182–187. In German and English.

Huang Xiao-wei and Yi Pei-fang. “No Destruction, No Construction: Interview between Cai Guo-Qiang and Cai Kang-Yong.” INK Literary Monthly (Taipei) 40 (Dec. 2006), pp. 22–49. In Chinese.

Lin Hwai-min. “Cai Guo-Qiang vs. Lin Hwai-min: The Chance Meeting and Formation of Wind Shadow.” In Captured Wind Arrested Shadow: Cai Guo-Qiang and Lin Hwai-min’s Wind Shadow, pp. 18–33. Exh. cat. Taipei: Eslite Gallery (Cherng Piin), 2006. In Chinese and English.

Maruta Nobuko. “Interview with Cai Guo-Qiang.” COOL Creators’ Infinite Links (New York) (2006), pp. 12–23. In Japanese and English.

Roundtable discussion. “Long March Yan’an Forum on Art Education.” Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art (Taipei) 5, no. 3 (Sept. 2006), pp. 18–60. Transcribed from Chinese to English by Philip Tinari, Fiona He, and Huong Trieu. In English.

Serizawa Takashi. “Like a Small Child Building Firecrackers: Interview with Cai Guo-Qiang.” ARTiT (Tokyo) 4, no. 2 (Spring/Summer 2006), pp. 30–41. In Japanese and English.

Shaughnessy, Jonathan. “Cai’s Tour: An Interview with Cai Guo-Qiang about Cai Guo-Qiang: Long Scroll.” In Cai Guo-Qiang: Long Scroll, pp. 48–79. Exh. cat. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 2006. In English.


Auping, Michael. “Fire Medicine.” In 30 Years: Interviews and Outtakes, pp. 87–93. Fort Worth, Munich, London, and New York: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in association with Prestel, 2007. In English.

Grande, John K. “Shock and Awe: An Interview with Cai Guo-Qiang.” Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art (Taipei) 6, no. 1 (Mar. 2007), pp. 39–44. In English.

Kakizaki Takao. “Light Passage: Interview with Cai Guo-Qiang.” In Light Passage: Cai Guo-Qiang & Shiseido, pp. 32–37. Exh. cat. Tokyo: Shiseido Corporate Culture Department, 2007. In Japanese and English. 


Asada Akira. “Art: The Critical Point of Creativity and Destruction—Commemorative Conversation between Asada Akira and Cai Guo-Qiang.” The 7th Hiroshima Art Prize: Cai Guo-Qiang, pp. 34–45. Exh. cat. In Japanese and English.

Carrillo de Albornoz, Cristina. “I am eternally optimistic; I am Chinese” The Art Newspaper (London) No. 187 (Jan. 2008), p. 34. In English.

Guo Peiming. “This Is the Most Precious Time In My Life: Interview with Cai Guo-Qiang.” World Quanzhou People no. 4 (Sept. 2008), pp. 12–14. In Chinese.

Hu, James. “Art Can Be Messed Up: An Interview with Cai Guo-Qiang.” Art Gallery Magazine(Guangzhou) 119, no. 4 (Aug. 2008), pp. 40–51, cover. In Chinese and English.

Kamiya Yukie, and Matsuoka Takeshi. “Discussion with Cai Guo-Qiang, Tatehata Akira, Kazuyo Sejima, and Asada Akira.” “What Is the Future and Function of Art Museums?” Public Symposium Report (Hiroshima) (2006), pp. 23–28. Exh. cat. In Japanese.

Lai Si-Ru. “An Interview with Cai Guo-Qiang about His Work and Retrospective.” Artist Magazine(Taipei) no. 395 (Apr. 2008), pp. 204–217. In Chinese.

Li Zongtao. “Cai Guo-Qiang Creates Special Effects for the Beijing Olympics.” Southern People Weekly (Guangzhou) 127, no. 22 (Aug. 1, 2008), pp. 78–81. In Chinese.

Liu Lifang. “Fierce and Softness: Cai Guo-Qiang’s Beijing Twin Cities.” Xinmin Weekly (Beijing) 503, no. 34 (Aug. 25–31, 2008), pp. 30–33. In Chinese.

Liu Xiaolin. “Cai Guo-Qiang: Art Exists with Passion.” Art Issue Magazine (Beijing) (Aug. 2008), pp. 36–45, cover. In Chinese.

Pearlman, Ellen. “Cai Guo-Qiang with Ellen Pearlman.” Brooklyn Rail (Apr. 2008), In English.

Shu Ke-Wen. “Cai Guo-Qiang: For the Precious Moment.” Sanlian Life Weekly (Beijing) no. 30, (Aug. 18, 2008), pp. 100–102. In Chinese.

Xing Zhou. “Cai Guo-Qiang Explodes the Footprints Toward Olympics.” Asia Weekly (Hong Kong) (Sept. 7, 2008), pp. 48–51. In Chinese.

Yang Ruichun. “Only Obstacles! No Amateur Recklessness.” Southern Weekly (Beijing) (Aug. 14, 2008), p. A9. In Chinese.

Zhong Heyan. “Life and Stories in the Courtyard House.” Sanlian Life Weekly (Beijing) no. 33 (Sept. 8, 2008), pp. 132–135. In Chinese.

Zwerling, Jared. “Celebrated Chinese Artist Ignites Olympic Ceremonies.” [Weblog entry.] Sportz Undercover, Jun. 23, 2008, In English.


Fang Zhenning. “Cai Guo-Qiang: Last Stop—Bilbao.” ABITARE China (Beijing) (Mar. 2009), 

pp. 58–69. In Chinese and English.


Borysevicz, Mathieu. “Peasant da Vincis: A Conversation with Cai Guo-Qiang.” Yishu International(Taipei) (Nov./Dec. 2010). In English.

Li Jing. “Interview Cai Guo-Qiang: I am Just a Storyteller.” The Bund, May 6, 2010, pp. A20-A23. In Chinese.

Vanderbilt, Tom. “Tom Vanderbilt’s Interview with Cai Guo-Qiang: Drawing Fire.” The Magazine from the Wall Street Journal (New York) (Oct./Nov. 2010), pp. 15-16. In English.

Wang Yin. “Interview: Cai Guo-Qiang – 9000 Miles as a Peasant Artist.” Art. Investment (Taipei) no. 31 (May 2010), pp. 206-213. In Chinese.


Bo Bo. “Interview with Cai Guo-Qiang: To Me, the Arabia is a Mystery.” The Bund (Shanghai) no. 468 (Dec. 2011), pp. 115-119. In Chinese.


Ichii Kenji. “Interview between Cai Guo-Qiang and Ichii Kenji.”Artcollectors (Tokyo) no. 40 (2012), pp. 63–69. In Japanese.


Dantas, Marcello. “Marcello Dantas in Conversation with Cai Guo-Qiang.” In Cai Guo-Qiang: Da Vincis Do Povo, pp. 15-35. Exh. cat. Shenzhen: Artron Culture Group, 2013. In Portuguese and English.

Rosenbaum, Ron. “Burning Man. With Ethereal artworks traced in flames and gunpowder, Cai Guo-Qiang is making a big bang.” Smithsonian (Washington, D.C.) no. 44 (Apr. 2013), pp. 26–33. In English

Widmer, Richard. Passage to History: 20 Years of La Biennale di Venezia and Chinese Contemporary Art: Interview Collection, pp. 292-303. Beijing: Zhongguo qing nian chu ban she, 2013. In Chinese.


Cooke, Julia. “Legends at Work: Cai Guo-Qiang.” Surface Magazine (New York) no. 105 (Feb. 2014), pp. 136-141. In English.

“Interview with Cai Guo-Qiang” in CLOG: Guggenheim. New York: CLOG, 2014. In English. 

Kelmachter, Hèlène. “Elective Affinities: Cai Guo-Qiang.” Cartier Art (Milan) no. 36 (Feb. 2014), pp. 66-67. In French and English.

Song Yi. “A Correspondence with Cai Studio.” Leap Magazine (Guangzhou) (Feb. 2014), pp. 110-121. In Chinese and English.


Mack, Joshua. “Cai Guo-Qiang: With Chinese contemporary art caught between the weight of Western expectations and the weightlessness of its own burgeoning scene, one of China’s leading artists seeks to return the heart to its contemporary art.” ArtReview (London) vol.68, no. 2 (March 2016), pp. 80-83. In English.

Biswas, Allie. “Explosions in the Sky.” Glass Magazine (London). no. 26 (summer issue), pp. 144-149, 188-89. In English and Chinese.

Cerruti, Margaux. “Reaching for the Sky: Netflix’s Documentary on Cai Guo-Qiang.” Whitewall Magazine, Oct. 14, 2016. In English.