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b. 1978, China

Xu Qu Biography

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.

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

Exhibition view: Group Exhibition, Spring, Almine Rech, Shanghai (17 April—6 June 2020). Courtesy Almine Rech.

Xu Qu Featured Artworks

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

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Currency Wars-pound 5 old by Xu Qu contemporary artwork
Xu QuCurrency Wars-pound 5 old, 2015Acrylic and spray paint on canvas
150 x 158 cm
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Currency Wars-pound 5 new by Xu Qu contemporary artwork
Xu QuCurrency Wars-pound 5 new, 2015Acrylic on canvas
150 x 158 cm
Almine Rech Enquire about this work
Marocco old by Xu Qu contemporary artwork
Xu QuMarocco old, 2014Acrylic and spray paint on canvas
158 x 150 cm
Almine Rech Enquire about this work
Marocco new by Xu Qu contemporary artwork
Xu QuMarocco new, 2014Acrylic on canvas
158 x 150 cm
Almine Rech Enquire about this work

Xu Qu Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Spring at Almine Rech, Shanghai
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17 April–6 June 2020 Group Exhibition Spring Almine Rech, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Xu Qu, Xu Qu at Almine Rech, Brussels
Closed
8 October–14 November 2015 Xu Qu Almine Rech, Brussels

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Xu Qu In Ocula Magazine

Taipei Stays Open: Shows to See Ocula Report Taipei Stays Open: Shows to See By Tessa Moldan, Taipei

With Taipei Dangdai launching the online platform Taipei Connections (2–5 May 2020) to connect galleries with collectors prior to the fair's January 2021 edition, we take a look at exhibitions taking place across Taipei's art scene.

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Xu Qu In Related Press

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ZHONGGUO 2185 at Sadie Coles HQ Related Press ZHONGGUO 2185 at Sadie Coles HQ 27 October 2017, ArtAsiaPacific

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...

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'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 21 April 2016, Art Radar

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...

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“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 18 April 2016, Art Radar

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...

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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) 30 March 2015, The New Yorker

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...

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Xu Qu In Video & Audio

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

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...

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