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Qiu Zhijie

Tellurian 4: Ideological Geography 2018, Chinese ink on paper globe, copper, 30 cm diameter. Photo: Dong Lin

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Tellurian 5: Geography of Interests 2018, Chinese ink on paper globe, copper, 47 cm diameter. Photo: Dong Lin

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Map of China - Arabia 2019, ink on paper, 370 x 880 cm, 145,66 x 346,45 in. Photo: Sun Shi

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Map of China - Arabia 2019, ink on paper, 370 x 880 cm, 145,66 x 346,45 in. Photo: Sun Shi

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Map of international Sinology 2019, ink on paper, 5 elements: 1,25 x 3,3m each, 5 elements: 49,21 x 129,92 in each. Photo: Sun Shi

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Map of Mythology 2019, Chinese ink on paper, 245 x 125 cm. Photo: Ela Bialkowska

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Map of Mythology 2019, Chinese ink on paper, 245 x 125 cm. Photo: Ela Bialkowska

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Racing Against Time, 2016, exhibition views, Galleria Continua San Gimignano, Photo by: Ela Bialkowska

Qiu Zhijie

Racing Against Time, 2016, exhibition views, Galleria Continua San Gimignano, Photo by: Ela Bialkowska

Qiu Zhijie

Racing Against Time, 2016, exhibition views, Galleria Continua San Gimignano, Photo by: Ela Bialkowska

Qiu Zhijie

Racing Against Time, 2016, exhibition views, Galleria Continua San Gimignano, Photo by: Ela Bialkowska

Qiu Zhijie

Racing Against Time, 2016, exhibition views, Galleria Continua San Gimignano, Photo by: Ela Bialkowska

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The end of the world (Red) / 世界的尽头, 2016, rubbed ink on traditional paper, 170 x 71 cm

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The end of the world (Red) / 世界的尽头, 2016, rubbed ink on traditional paper, 170 x 71 cm

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The end of the world (Green) / 世界的尽头, drawing, 2016
rubbed ink on traditional paper
79 x 186 cm

Qiu Zhijie

The end of the world (Green) / 世界的尽头, drawing, 2016
rubbed ink on traditional paper
79 x 186 cm

Qiu Zhijie

JINLING Chronicle Theater Project - series, 2010-2015, multi-faceted project including writing, painting, installation and theatrical performances, installation view Arsenale Biennale di Venezia 2015

Qiu Zhijie

JINLING Chronicle Theater Project - series, 2010-2015, multi-faceted project including writing, painting, installation and theatrical performances, installation view Arsenale Biennale di Venezia 2015

Qiu Zhijie

JINLING Chronicle Theater Project - series, 2010-2015, multi-faceted project including writing, painting, installation and theatrical performances, installation view Arsenale Biennale di Venezia 2015

Qiu Zhijie

JINLING Chronicle Theater Project - series, 2010-2015, multi-faceted project including writing, painting, installation and theatrical performances, installation view Arsenale Biennale di Venezia 2015

Qiu Zhijie

JINLING Chronicle Theater Project - series, 2010-2015, multi-faceted project including writing, painting, installation and theatrical performances, installation view Arsenale Biennale di Venezia 2015

Qiu Zhijie

Originally, I Am Not the Currency, installation, 2015
patterned paper relief, chinese ink
178 x 118 cm

Qiu Zhijie

The Expansion, installation, 2015
patterned paper relief, chinese ink
134 x 176 cm

Qiu Zhijie

The Expansion, installation, 2015
patterned paper relief, chinese ink
134 x 176 cm

Qiu Zhijie

War of Towers, installation, 2015
patterned paper relief, chinese ink
450 x 199 cm (3 pieces each 150 x 199 cm)

Qiu Zhijie

War of Towers, installation, 2015
patterned paper relief, chinese ink
450 x 199 cm (3 pieces each 150 x 199 cm)

Qiu Zhijie

Greeting, installation, 2013
paper masks, silicon masks
300 x 330 x 26 cm

Qiu Zhijie

Greeting, installation, 2013
paper masks, silicon masks
300 x 330 x 26 cm

Qiu Zhijie

Map of Mythological Creatures, drawing, 2013
ink dub rubbing on paper
7 pieces, 120 x 240 cm each

Qiu Zhijie

Map of Mythological Creatures, drawing, 2013
ink dub rubbing on paper
7 pieces, 120 x 240 cm each

Qiu Zhijie

Forbidden Books, 2013, ashes of burnt books, variable dimensions

Qiu Zhijie

Forbidden Books, 2013, ashes of burnt books, variable dimensions

Qiu Zhijie

Forbidden Books, 2013, ashes of burnt books, variable dimensions

Qiu Zhijie

The Plan of 100 Unicorns, 2012-2013, wood, 107 x 120 x 65 cm

Qiu Zhijie

The Plan of 100 Unicorns, 2012-2013, wood, 107 x 120 x 65 cm

Qiu Zhijie

The Plan of 100 Unicorns, sculpture, 2012-2013
wood
71 x 135 x 55 cm

Qiu Zhijie

The Plan of 100 Unicorns, sculpture, 2012-2013
wood
71 x 135 x 55 cm

Qiu Zhijie

The Plan of 100 Unicorns, 2012-2013, wood, 107 x 120 x 65 cm

Qiu Zhijie

The Plan of 100 Unicorns, 2012-2013, wood, 107 x 120 x 65 cm

Qiu Zhijie

The Plan of 100 Unicorns, 2012-2013, wood, 107 x 120 x 65 cm

Qiu Zhijie

The Plan of 100 Unicorns, sculpture, 2012-2013
wood, 29 x 58 x 25 cm

Qiu Zhijie

The Plan of 100 Unicorns, sculpture, 2012-2013
wood, 29 x 58 x 25 cm

Qiu Zhijie was born in 1969 in Zhangzhou, Fujian Province, China. He is a leading figure in conceptual art and new media. The artist, writer, curator and teacher has earned critical recognition worldwide for his thought and practice of “total art”, which forges new cultural meanings from various philosophies and systems of thought from all time and everywhere. Qiu’s first investigations gave shape to multimedia installations using organic material, ancient and found objects, photography and video, often with interventions and performances. 
Since about 2010, Qiu has been mapping the imaginary networks of his sociological, philosophical, cultural, political and epistemological research. A virtuoso calligrapher, ink painter and landscape cartographer, Qiu was commissioned to create Map of Theatre of the World (2017) for the exhibition “Art and China after 1989” at Guggenheim Museum in New York. In the work ’Map of China - Arabia’, currently present in our Beijing gallery, Qiu Zhijie continues his ‘Mapping the World Project’. This is a project that sees the artist literally "map the world" through large, detailed and beautiful maps. Topics such as politics, religion, mythology and society as well as ideas, relationships, objects, and cultures are interconnected in these maps, offering a different way to understand their relationship to one another, and eventually our relationship to each other.
Qiu Zhijie is also a well-known and published art-writer as well as a curator, for which he has curated important events such as the 2012 Shanghai Biennale and the 2017 Venice Biennale. He is also the Dean and professor of the School of Experimental Art at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing and professor of the School of Intermedia Art at China Academy of Art. 

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