Ocula MagazineContentsView All
Featured ContentView All
Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global Ocula Conversation Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global

French gallerist Almine Rech-Picasso opened her first space in Asia on Shanghai's historic Bund in July this year, bringing her eponymous gallery's total locations to five. The Shanghai gallery occupies roughly 4,000 square feet on the second floor of the three-storey Amber Building, a beautiful warehouse space, originally occupied by the Central...

Fade out copy.
Read More
From the Gallery to the Streets: Home Works 8 in Beirut Ocula Report From the Gallery to the Streets: Home Works 8 in Beirut 8 Nov 2019 : Nat Muller for Ocula

There's an inside joke amongst the team of Ashkal Alwan, The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts: that every time an edition of its biennial forum on cultural practices is planned, a national crisis happens. The eighth edition of Home Works was no different: it opened on 17 October amidst the most devastating wildfires that Lebanon had witnessed...

Fade out copy.
Read More
Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
Sponsored Content | Mazzoleni Gallery
Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

Fade out copy.
Read More

Xu Qu

b. 1978, China

Xu Qu graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts from Nanjing Art Institute in 2002, and continued his study at the Braunschweig University of Art, Germany, under Prof. John Armleder and Brigit Hein. In 2008, he was awarded the title of Meisterschüller, and returned to Beijing as an installation artist with a range of concerns. His work engage performative actions which attempt to reorganise and heighten spaces of artistic production. This reveals the inherently relational character of artistic exchange. Recently his work has utilised painting and lighting to reconfigure spatial and temporal experience. This is also explored in his installation for Taikang Space in Beijing, where the viewer's movement acts as a catalyst for critique.

His work has been exhibited extensively in Beijing, China; Australia; Germany and Basel, Switzerland.

Featured Artworks

Time of Violence by Xu Qu contemporary artwork
Xu QuTime of Violence, 2014 brass forged corrosion, iron base
195 x 192 x 50 cm
Tang Contemporary Art
Ural by Xu Qu contemporary artwork
Xu QuUral, 2016 Acrylic and decolorizer on canvas
200 x 250 cm
Almine Rech
Coconut Graveyard by Xu Qu contemporary artwork
Xu QuCoconut Graveyard, 2011 video

Not For Sale
Duddell's
Currency Wars-pound 5 old by Xu Qu contemporary artwork
Xu QuCurrency Wars-pound 5 old, 2015 Acrylic and spray paint on canvas
150 x 158 cm
Almine Rech
Currency Wars-pound 5 new by Xu Qu contemporary artwork
Xu QuCurrency Wars-pound 5 new, 2015 Acrylic on canvas
150 x 158 cm
Almine Rech
Marocco old by Xu Qu contemporary artwork
Xu QuMarocco old, 2014 Acrylic and spray paint on canvas
158 x 150 cm
Almine Rech
Marocco new by Xu Qu contemporary artwork
Xu QuMarocco new, 2014 Acrylic on canvas
158 x 150 cm
Almine Rech

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Xu Qu, Xu Qu at Almine Rech, Brussels
Closed
8 October–14 November 2015 Xu Qu Xu Qu Almine Rech, Brussels

Represented By

In Related Press

View All (7)
ZHONGGUO 2185 at Sadie Coles HQ Related Press ZHONGGUO 2185 at Sadie Coles HQ ArtAsiaPacific : 27 October 2017

For Zhongguo 2185 at Sadie Coles HQ in London, curator Victor Wang brought together ten Chinese artists born after 1970 for a presentation that looked to the future. The show's theme was rooted in the ideas of science fiction author Liu Cixin, whose 1989 novel Zhongguo 2185, in which six computer-resurrected brains, including that of Mao Zedong,...

Fade out copy.
Read More
'Digging a Hole in China': exploring Land Art in the context of Chinese contemporary art Related Press 'Digging a Hole in China': exploring Land Art in the context of Chinese contemporary art Art Radar : 21 April 2016

Land is the subject of a large-scale show at OCAT Shenzhen entitled Digging a Hole in China (20 March – 26 June 2016) which features a variety of media and works by over a dozen contemporary Chinese artists executed from 1994 onwards. In this inaugural show at OCAT Shenzhen, since her appointment as Artistic Director in August 2015,...

Fade out copy.
Read More
“Digging a Hole in China”: exploring Land Art in the context of Chinese contemporary art Related Press “Digging a Hole in China”: exploring Land Art in the context of Chinese contemporary art Art Radar : 18 April 2016

Land is the subject of a large-scale show at OCAT Shenzhen entitled Digging a Hole in China (20 March–26 June 2016) which features a variety of media and works by over a dozen contemporary Chinese artists executed from 1994 onwards. In this inaugural show at OCAT Shenzhen, since her appointment as Artistic Director in August 2015, curator Venus...

Fade out copy.
Read More
Beyond Ai Weiwei: how China's artists handle politics (or avoid them) Related Press Beyond Ai Weiwei: how China's artists handle politics (or avoid them) The New Yorker : 30 March 2015

In a gallery in Hong Kong’s Chai Wan district last week, during the city’s third annual installment of the international Art Basel fair, the Beijing-based artist Huang Rui introduced a new live work called Red Black White Grey. At the start of the performance, four affectless women walked onstage wearing trench coats, then disrobed one...

Fade out copy.
Read More

In Video & Audio

Artshare Interviews Artist Xu Qu Related Video & Audio Artshare Interviews Artist Xu Qu Artshare : 29 May 2015

Xu Qu graduated with a MFA in Fine Arts and Film at Braunschweig University of Art, and currently lives and works in Beijing. Xu Qu's art practice investigates aesthetic considerations behind social connections. He attempts to dismiss any unnecessary elements that distract from the theme, using a minimalist approach to simplify the picture. The...

Fade out copy.
View Video

Sign up to be notified when new artworks and exhibitions by Xu Qu are added to Ocula.

WeChat

Scan the QR Code via WeChat to follow Ocula's official account.

Scan to follow Ocula on WeChat.
iCal GoogleYahooOutlook