This interview was conducted at the Chinese Modern Art Archive, Beijing University on 17 March 2009. 


Zhu Qingsheng (b. 1957, Zhenjiang) is an artist and professor at the School of Arts of Peking University.

Zhu studied oil painting at Nanjing Normal University between 1978 and 1982 and gained his M.A. in Art History in 1985 from the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA). Zhu remained at CAFA as a teaching assistant, and in 1986 initiated the Chinese Modern Art Archive. Between 1990 and 1995, Zhu pursued his Ph.D. under the supervision of Professor Lothar Ledderose in the Institute for East Asian Art History at the University of Heidelberg.

In addition to his teaching and archiving work, Zhu continues to paint and exhibit widely.





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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Fang Wen: Zhu Qing Sheng

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Interview: Zhu Qingsheng (Chinese subtitles), 訪問: 朱青生