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b. 1969, China

Qiu Zhijie Biography

Qiu Zhijie (b.1969, Fujian Province) graduated from the printmaking department of the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now China Academy of Art), Hangzhou in 1992. Since the 1990s he has become one of the most active conceptual artists in China, as well as being one of the most diverse: his many identities include artist, curator, writer, professor, and scholar. 

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Considered an intellectual force in the contemporary Chinese art world, his artistic activities are heavily informed by historical, social and academic issues that are often contentious or possessing significant cultural import. An artistic scholar whose practice challenges traditional philosophies in direct relation to the social condition of contemporary China, Qiu Zhijie’s multifarious practice embraces a diverse range of media, from printmaking, video, photography, performance, sculpture and painting.

From the investigation of the written word in Chinese traditional culture through calligraphy and the method of learning through copying of the great masters, to the investigation of historical monuments/places (such as Tibet and Nanjing Bridge), Qiu Zhijie consistently questions the cultural foundations upon which contemporary China is understood and perceived, from both a national and international perspective. Concepts of time, cultural memory, the meaning and role of historical consciousness, the questioning of what constitutes the ‘contemporary’, all of these and more are important subjects to which Qiu uniquely investigates, often in collaboration with his students.

Qiu Zhijie curated the influential exhibition Post-sense Sensibility: Alien Bodies and Delusion, initiating the earliest new media activity in China.  In 2002, he joined Long March Project – A Walking Visual Display as co-curator and since 2003 he has been hugely influential in his method of teaching as Professor, Total Art Studio, China Academy of Art and Culture Research Center, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou.  His concept of ‘Total Art’ is based on cultural research and conceptual practice inherent within ideas of artistic creation and curatorial practice. Major exhibitions include: Ataraxic of Zhuang Zi – A Suicidology of the Nanjing Yangzi River Bridge, Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China, 2008 (solo); The Real Thing: Contemporary Art from China, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK, 2007; 2nd Yokohama Triennale, Japan, 2005; 25th Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil, 2002 and Transience: Chinese Experimental Art at the End of Twentieth Century, The Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, USA, 1999.

Qiu Zhijie Featured Artworks

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Tellurian of Imaginary Voyage by Qiu Zhijie contemporary artwork
Qiu ZhijieTellurian of Imaginary Voyage, 2014Ink on Paper Mounted on Globe
48 x 35 x 38 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery Enquire about this work
Tellurian of Immigration by Qiu Zhijie contemporary artwork
Qiu ZhijieTellurian of Immigration, 2014Ink on Paper Mounted on Globe
48 x 35 x 38 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery Enquire about this work
Tellurian of Epics by Qiu Zhijie contemporary artwork
Qiu ZhijieTellurian of Epics, 2014Ink on Paper Mounted on Globe
48 x 35 x 38 cm
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Allegory (Bridge) by Qiu Zhijie contemporary artwork
Qiu ZhijieAllegory (Bridge), 2005C-print
120 x 120 cm
Chambers Fine Art Enquire about this work
Whinstone by Qiu Zhijie contemporary artwork
Qiu ZhijieWhinstone, 2008Lithography printed on STPI handmade paper with screen printed acrylic sheet
128 x 102.5 cm
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Propagator in the Darkness by Qiu Zhijie contemporary artwork
Qiu ZhijiePropagator in the Darkness, 2008Lithography printed on STPI handmade paper with screen printed acrylic sheet
128 x 102.5 cm
STPI Enquire about this work
Ataractic of Zhuang Zi by Qiu Zhijie contemporary artwork
Qiu ZhijieAtaractic of Zhuang Zi, 2008Lithography printed on STPI handmade paper with screen printed acrylic sheet
128 x 102.5 cm
STPI Enquire about this work
The Great Visionary Transformation of the Auspicious by Qiu Zhijie contemporary artwork
Qiu ZhijieThe Great Visionary Transformation of the AuspiciousCollage and urethane on cardboard
138 x 198 cm
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Qiu Zhijie Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, Beyond the Grid at STPI, Singapore
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14 November–31 December 2014 Group exhibition Beyond the Grid STPI, Singapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Qiu Zhijie, Bird's Eye View at Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
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21 May–29 June 2013 Qiu Zhijie Bird's Eye View Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

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Qiu Zhijie In Ocula Magazine

Ocula Report: The Tenth Shanghai Biennale Ocula Report Ocula Report: The Tenth Shanghai Biennale Sam Gaskin, Shanghai

Biennials are inherently messy. Gathering hundreds of pieces by international artists working in different mediums creates an exponential number of echoes and dissonances. Their messiness differs, though, in kind and degree, as exemplified in recent Shanghai Biennales.

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Qiu Zhijie In Related Press

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Art Basel 2018 Round-Up Reports Buoyant Sales At Core Event Related Press Art Basel 2018 Round-Up Reports Buoyant Sales At Core Event 18 June 2018, Artlyst

Art Basel Switzerland which is always an important barometer in the art market has reported that some of the world's premier galleries experienced remarkable sales across all levels of the market. The fair in Basel closed on Sunday, June 17 2018, amid reports of significant sales to private collections and institutions by galleries across all...

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Journeys without Arrivals: Chinese contemporary artist Qiu Zhijie at Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève Related Press Journeys without Arrivals: Chinese contemporary artist Qiu Zhijie at Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève 20 December 2017, Art Radar

Running until 18 January 2018, Qiu Zhijie: Journeys Without Arrivals focuses on the work of the artist Qiu Zhijie, who made waves for his satirical, often tongue-in-cheek calligraphic maps of the world. The Beijing-based artist is known for producing enormous, overwhelming ink maps, which often provide an underlying commentary that weave...

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Where the Wild Things Are: China’s Art Dreamers at the Guggenheim Related Press Where the Wild Things Are: China’s Art Dreamers at the Guggenheim 11 October 2017, The New York Times

The signature work at Art and China After 1989 , a highly anticipated show that takes over the Guggenheim on Oct. 6, is a simple table with a see-through dome shaped like the back of a tortoise. On the tabletop hundreds of insects and reptiles — gekkos, locusts, crickets, centipedes and cockroaches – mill about under the glow of an overhead...

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From Innovation to Provocation, China’s Artists on a Global Path Related Press From Innovation to Provocation, China’s Artists on a Global Path 6 October 2017, The New York Times

Strange to say, although China has 1.4 billion people, it has only one artist, Ai Weiwei. Or so you'd think if you followed the Western news media. Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum wants to correct that impression. With work by some 70 Chinese-born artists and collectives filling most of the...

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