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This interview was conducted in Liu Dahong's Studio at Shanghai Normal University on 26 Novemeber 2008.


Liu Dahong (b. 1962, Qingdao) is an artist and professor at Shanghai Normal University.

Liu enrolled at the Department of Oil Painting at Shandong University of Arts in 1978. From 1981 to 1985, he studied at the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now the China Academy of Art) and took master classes with Zao Wu-ki in 1985. After graduation, he began to teach at the College of Fine Art at Shanghai Normal University. He currently supervises the University’s postgraduate students and manages the Shuangbai Studio, which encourages experimental art education.

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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 www.china1980s.org in September 2010.

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