This interview was conducted at Song Yongping's studio in Beijing on 11 July 2009. For more information please visit the Materials of the Future website.


Song Yongping (b. 1961, Taiyuan, Shanxi) is an artist who works with a variety of media including photography, painting and performance.

Song graduated from the Painting Department at the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts in 1983. In 1985, he organized the ‘Seven Persons Modern Art Exhibition’ in Shanxi, and in the following year, the ‘Modern Ceramics’ exhibition and ‘Art Events in the Village’. In 1986, Song partnered with China Central Television (CCTV) to film art activities in Shanxi for a proposed television program about New Wave Art. He also exhibited at the ‘China/Avant-Garde Exhibition’ held at the National Art Museum of China (Beijing, 1989).

Song currently works in Beijing and exhibits 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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Interview: Song Yongping (English subtitles)