Liu Xizhuo


Liu Xizhuo   Associate professor

Education background:

 September 1981 to August 1985: Majored in decoration, Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, bachelor’s degree

September 1989 to August 1992: Majored in fresco, Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, master’s degree

 Work experience:

 August 1985 to September 1989: Teaching assistant, Luxun Academy of Fine Arts

 September 1989 to August 1992: Graduate student, Luxun Academy of Fine Arts

 September 1992 to August 1994: Teaching assistant, Luxun Academy of Fine Arts

 August 1994 to August 1999: Lecturer, Luxun Academy of Fine Arts

 August 1999 to July 2008: Associate professor, Luxun Academy of Fine Arts 

 August 2008 to present: Associate professor, Tsinghua University’s Academy of Arts & Design

Part-time at research organizations:

Worked part-time at the Institute of Large-scale Historical Paintings, Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University.


Research area:

Structure and form of space in permanent exhibition design 


Academic proposition:

1. Following the design principles of large-scale landscape art and large-scale exhibition space, I focus primarily on understanding and researching the historical, regional, intrinsic and other relevant characteristics of a design in order to accurately locate the origin of its’ form. 2. I have undertaken comparative research on vertical, lateral and other elements in the construction of memorial-type project design. Via in-depth research in architecture, optics, acoustics and mechanics, I attempt to enhance understanding and application of various aspects of exhibition design. 3. I attempt to improve the performance of a variety of technological materials in exhibition design via the understanding of material characteristics, processing and practical application of materials used in modeling and other related arts.

Essentially, the aim of the above-mentioned three points is to realize innovation and breakthroughs. From personal experience in both teaching and research, I conclude that to look for the exact origin of form in an exhibition design enables the said design to separate itself from the rest and have, on a cultural level, its own unique character. The pursuit of a design’s artistic appeal and power to penetrate will endow works with the real soul. Expanding knowledge points into a significant sphere of knowledge should also be emphasized as it is crucial in both exhibition design as well as in other kinds of design. Focus on the lateral elements of a design, including the pectination and interference of composite technologies, plays a critical role in formation of said design’s structure and expression. Design, as a specialty, should appropriately integrate all of these into its basic theoretical system and teaching practices so as to improve and enrich the specialty’s framework and to prevent sole domination of space and material theories in design education, thus making it more applicable to society and ideology and more adaptable to the requirements of competition and development.


Academic achievements:

My research achievements are primarily contributions to the field of contemporary Chinese large-scale paintings: panorama works. In other research and creation fields, my main research area is large-scale art design. I have created and/or completed several unique high-level works, including Siping Campaign Memorial, Laiwu Campaign Memorial, the Liaoning Provincial Museum exterior design, and the exhibition design for September 18th Historic Museum thematic hall.

As the main creator, I participated in the creation and completion of the following panoramas: The Battle of the Red Cliff, The Urban Battle in Jinan Campaign, The Campaign in Southwestern Shandong-Yuncheng Battle, and Battle in the North in Laiwu Campaign. These works were awarded the 10th National Fine Arts Exhibition Golden Award (fresco), Bronze Award (fresco) and the 1st National Fresco Top Prize, and Goodwork Prize, respectively. My works Huaihai Campaign and Jinggangshan Struggle won the 11th National Fine Arts Exhibition Golden Award (fresco) and the nomination for fresco respectively, while environmental art and exhibition works White Mountain and Black Water and City of the Three Kingdoms: Plot Temple won the 1st and 3rd National Interior Design Golden Awards, respectively. In particularly, I successfully put into practice the solutions of serious technological problems in the physical distortion of hoisting ultra large-scale canvases, natural light emulation system, shading and covering engineering, and special construction structure design for panorama galleries. Moreover, I have integrated new crafts and new materials into the painting and ground shaping of panoramas, which has highly improved their visual veracity and art level.

Innovative achievements in panorama:

1. Research on the impact of functional structure of a panorama on perception of its visual space.

2. Construction of the lighting environment in panoramas: precise imitation of natural lighting effects using ordinary light sources. 


Teaching experience:

Exhibition Project Management; Exhibition Space Research; Exhibition Design Basics; Graduation Design: the Application of Spatial Exhibition.