This interview was conducted on 18 March 2009 at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. For more information please visit the Materials of the Future website.


Shao Dazhen (b. 1934, Jiangsu Province) is an art historian, art critic and Professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts.

Shao studied art history at an art school in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) from 1955 to 1960. After returning to China, he became a professor of art history at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Shao has also been the secretary of the Chinese Artists Association and is currently the Director of its Theory Committee.

In his roles as editor of both World Art (Shijie meishu) and Art (Meishu) magazines in the 1980s, Shao was an important figure in the development of contemporary Chinese art. Over the last decades, he has been researching the history of Western art and modern Chinese art and his published works include Brief Discussion on Modern Art (1982), Traditional Art and Modern Art (1983), Western Modern Art Thought (1990) and The Nude in Oil Paintings from China (1993).



多年來,邵大箴從事西方美術史和中國現代美術的研究,部份著作包括《現代派美術淺議》(石家莊:河北美術出版社,1982)、《傳統美術與現代派》(成都:四川人民出版社,1983)、《西方現代美術思潮》(成都:四川美術出版社,1990)、《大陸人體油畫》(臺北:藝術圖書公司,1993)、《霧裡看花·當代中國美術問題》(廣西︰廣西美術出版社,1999)、《藝術格調·邵大箴論藝術》(濟南: 山東美術出版社,2002)及《美術:穿越中西》(北京︰首都師範大學出版社,2009)等。


In 2006, Asia Art Archive began a focused archiving project called 'Materials of the Future: Documenting Contemporary Chinese Art from 1980-1990'. This project aimed at developing a comprehensive collection of primary research materials including books, periodicals, newspapers, exhibition brochures, invitations, video recordings, correspondence, and other relevant documents. 

As part of this project, AAA digitised more than 80,000 items of material from personal archives to include artists Mao Xuhui, Wu Shanzhuan, Zhang Xiaogang, and Zhang Peili; curators and critics Fei Dawei, Lu Peng, and Zheng Shengtian; as well as the archives of Tokyo Art Gallery. As part of the research process over 75 in-depth interviews with key artists, curators, and critics were conducted. From a portion of these interviews, AAA created a documentary film about experimental art in South China (Guangzhou) in the 1980s entitled From Jean-Paul Sartre to Teresa Teng: Contemporary Cantonese Art in the 1980s.

AAA’s 1980s archiving project culminated with the launch of a comprehensive website portal called in September 2010.

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Interview: Shao Dazhen (English subtitles)