Wu Shanzhuan Personal Archive


This Collection includes digitised images of exhibition proposals, writings, manuscripts, photos, slides and documents from mid-1980s to 2002, plus artifacts deposited by the artist Wu Shanzhuan in 2003. The personal archive reveals the artist's diverse art creations including painting, installation, performance, photography and drawing in the last 20 years.

The personal archive is fully digitised and will gradually be migrated to the digital repository where contents with online access permission will be viewable via the Collection Online.

Based on this Collection, the Archive published the monograph Wu Shanzhuan Red Humour International (in collaboration with Inga Svala Thorsdottir) in 2005 to bring to light this prolific body of unpublished work.

Moreover, Wu Shanzhuan is one of the artists being studied in the Project Materials of the Future: Documenting Contemporary Chinese Art from 1980-1990; where more information about him not included in this personal archive will be found.

Finding Aids

Before the Collection is ready for online access via Collection Online, a browsing copy of the digital contents in low resolution is available in DVD format (CD.001085) for user on site in AAA Library.

Please refer to the Finding Aids for an overview of the contents.


Wu Shanzhuan was born in Zhoushan, China, in 1960. He graduated from the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts, China in 1986 and the Hochschule für bildene Künste, Hamburg, Germany in 1995. He started to create the significant series 'Today No Water' since mid-80s and 'Red Humour International' in 1990. Since 1991, Wu travelled around Europe and resided in Hamburg, Germany. His works have been exhibited in many international group exhibitions and solo exhibitions in different cities such as New York, Hong Kong and Hamburg.

Wu has participated in various important Chinese contemporary art exhibitions including China/Avant-Garde ’89 (1989), China’s New Art, Post-1989 (1993) and touring exhibitions, including Inside Out: New Chinese Art (1998-2000), Power of the Word (1999-2002) and Conceptualist Art: Points of Origin 1950s-1980s (1998-2000). Besides he is invited to exhibit works in biennales, including Venice Biennale (1995), Chengdu Biennale (2001).

Wu currently lives in Hamburg, Germany and Shanghai, China.

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