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This interview was conducted at Liu Xiaodong's studio in Beijing on 9 July 2009. For more information please visit the Materials of the Future website.



Liu Xiaodong (b. 1963, Liaoning Province) is an oil painter and teaches at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.

Liu received his B.A. and M.F.A. from the Department of Oil Painting at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 1985 and 1995, respectively. Early on in his career, during the late 1980s, Liu developed his signature style of oil paintings, which has been described as neo-academicism.

Some of his earliest group exhibitions were ‘Sketch’ (Beijing, 1988), the ‘China/Avant-Garde Exhibition’ (National Art Museum of China, Beijing, 1989), the ‘Annual Exhibition of Chinese Oil Painting’ and ‘20th-Century China’ (Beijing, 1991). In 1992, Liu was the art director for the movie Beijing Bastards, and the following year, director Wang Xiaoshi cast him in the lead role of the movie The Days. Since 1994, Liu has been teaching at the Department of Oil Painting at the Central Academy of Fine Arts.

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劉小東分別於1988年及1995年取得中央美術學院油畫系學士及碩士學位。劉小东自八十年代末發展起來的獨特油畫風格被評為「新學院派」。早期曾參與的群展包括《素描大展》(1988,北京中國美術館);《中國現代藝術展》(1988,北京中國美術館);《中國油畫年展》 (1991,北京中國美術館)和《二十世紀》(1991,北京中國美術館)。劉小东曾於1992年擔任電影《北京雜種》的美術指導,并於1993年主演王小帥導演的電影《冬春的日子》。自1994年開始,劉小东在中央美術學院油畫系任教。



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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