Galleria Continua
San Gimignano
Beijing
Les Moulins
Habana

As an artist, Qiu Zhijie is known for his calligraphy and ink painting, photography, video, installation and performance works. His art is representational of a new kind of experimental communication between the Chinese literati tradition and contemporary art, social participation and the power of self-liberation of art.  

As an art writer, Qiu Zhijie published several books include: The Image and Post Modernism (2002), Give Me a Mask (2003), The Limit of Freedom (2003), The Photography after Photography (2004), On Total Art (2012). Catalogs of his work include: Breaking Through the Ice (2009), The Shape of Time (2007), Archeology of Memory (2006), etc.

He was also the curator of the first video art exhibition in China in 1996, and curated a series of “Post-sense Sensibility” exhibitions during 1999 and 2005 promoting the young generation of Chinese artists. In 2012 he was the chief curator of the 9th Shanghai Biennale “Reactivation”, in 2017 he is the chief curator of the Chinese Pavilion of the 57th Venice Biennale.

He was shortlisted for the Hugo Boss Prize administered by the Guggenheim Foundation due to his work of The Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge Project. He was awarded “Artist of the Year” of the Award of Art China in 2009, and was nominated for the same award in 2016.

His works are collected by major museums and institutions around the world, including the Guggenheim Museum in NYC, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Foundation by Christian Dior, Ullens Foundation, Neuer Berliner Kunstrerein, and the White Rabbit Gallery in Sydney.

Solo Exhibitions

2015

Qiu Notes on the Lantern Festival Project, Museum of Contemporary Art of CAA, Hangzhou

2014

Qiu Zhijie, Solo Exhibition, Hanart TZGallery, Art Basel, Switzerland

Everything has Its Soul, Meilun Art Museum, Hunan Arts-Press, Changsha, China

Homogeneity: The Nanjing Yangzi River Bridge Project, Museum of Nanjing Art Academy, Nanjing

Playground, Matthias Arndt Gallery, Gillman Barracks, Singapore  

2013

Qiu Zhijie – Satire, Galleria Continua Beijing, China

Qiu Zhijie – Text-ure, Tian Ren He Yi Art Center, Hang Zhou, China

Bird eye, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong, China 

The Universe of Naming, Spring workshop, Hong Kong, China

Unicorn & Dragon, Foundation Querini Stampalia, Venice, Italy

2012

Bi-Cities Exhibitions of Chinese New Painting: Qiu Zhijie-Tathagata, Tian Ren He Yi Art Center, Hangzhou, China

Blueprints, Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2011

Qiu Zhijie: Deja Vu, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong, China

Energy, Times Square, Hong Kong, China

Cell, Pace Beijing, Beijing, China

2009

Mochou, Chambers Fine Art, New York, USA

A Suicidology of The Nanjing Yangzi River Bridge 4 - Twilight of The IdolsThe world 's Cultural Palace, Berlin, Germany

A Suicidology of The Nanjing Yangzi River Bridge 3 - Breaking Through the Ice, UCCA, Beijing, China

2008

A Suicidology of The Nanjing Yangzi River Bridge 1 - Ataraxic of Zhuang Zi, Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China

A Suicidology of The Nanjing Yangzi River Bridge 2 -The Bridge, Nanjing, Under the Heaven, The Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore

The Bridge, Nanjing , Under the Heaven, Hanart Gallery, Hong Kong, China

Nanjing: A bridge, A City, Guanxiang Art Center, Taipei

2007

The Shape of Time, Chambers Fine Art, New York, USA

Cryptogram, Hanart Gallery, Hong Kong, China

Archeology of Memory, Long March Space, Beijing, China

2006

Let There Be Light, Grace Li Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

2005

Light and Words, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong, China

Melancholy Man, Gallery Loft, Paris, France

Black and White Zoo, Gallery of Dartington Art Academy, Darlington, UK

2004

Social Portrait, Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, China

2003 - 2004

Asian Parallel Times, Hong Kong Art Museum, Hong Kong, Casa Asia, Barcelona, Spain, & Shenzhen Art Institute, Shenzhen, China

2003

UFO: Qiu Zhijie’s Photography/Calligraphy, Gallery Loft, Paris, France

2001

Qiu Zhijie, Gallery Gen, Koshigaya, Japan

Invisibility: Qiu Zhijie, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York, USA

200

Touch, Orient Foundation, Macau

1999

Calendar 1998, Gallery of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

Innate Forces C Mixed Media: Works by Qiu Zhijie, Art Beatus Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

1997

Logic: 5 Video-Installations, Gallery of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing , China

Group Exhibitions

2013

Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art, Hangzhou, China

Beyond Tradition – Chinese Contemporary Ink, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, China / Christie’s New York Private Sales Gallery, New York, USA

AAC Award for the Most Influential Participants of Chinese Art, Today art Museum, Beijing, China

Contemporary Art and Process of the Society – Chinese Contemporay Art, Documenta Organizer Circle Art Center, Shenzhen, China

New Framework – Chinese Avant – garde photography 1980s-90s, Blindspot Annex & Blindspot Gallery

Inaugural Exhibition of Shanghai Himalayas Museum  Himalayas Museum, Shanghai, China

The Origin of Dao: New Dimensions in Chinese Contemporary Art, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, China

The Grand Canal - Collateral Event of the 55th International Art Exhibition –La Biennale di Venezia, Museo Diocesano d’Arte Sacra, Venice, Italy

Chinese Contemporary Ink, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, China

2012

Face, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Eine andere Moderne: Zeigenossische Chinesische Tuschemalerei, Kunsthaus Hamburg GmbH, Germany 

The First Xinjiang Biennal, Xingjiang International Exhibition Center, China

Blueprints (2012) – Qiu Zhijie and Shanghai Biennale Curatorial Summit, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Ink Painting Exhibition, Saatchi gallery, London, UK

2011

How to Become an Empty Man, Hanart Square, Hong Kong, China

Guanxi: Contemporary Chinese Art, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

Hanart T Z Gallery at ART STAGE SINGAPORE, Singapore

The Fourth Guangzhou Triennal, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

XUAN ETC, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China

The Second Chinese Characters Festival between Taiwan and Mainland, Taipei, Taiwan

Kaza Ana / Air Hole: Another Form of Conceptualism from Asia, The National Museum of art, Osaka

2010

Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Brainstorming: Qiu Zhijie and Total Art Studio, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

Reshaping History – Chinart from 2000 to 2009, National Convention Center, Beijing, China

2009

Art in Use: Sculptural Objects, Pao Gallery, Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong Kong, China

Media Art China 2009: Timelapse, A Swiss- China Media Art Exhibition, NAMOC, Beijing, China

Breaking Forecast: 8 Key Figures of China's New Generation Artists, UCCA, Beijing, China

Fukutake House Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennal 2009, Fukutake House, Japan

ShContemporary, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China

The 4th Fukoka Asian Art Triennale 2009, Fukoka Asian Art Museum, Japan

Future Together, Arario Gallery, Beijing, China

Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

BLADE – Beeconstruct Leifeng Pagoda, SZ Art Center, Beijing, China

Broadsheet Notations, Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong, China

Paper, paper, Chambers Fine Art, New York, USA

2008

FOTOFEST 2008- China The Twelfth International Biennale of Photography and Photo-related Art of Houston, Houston, USA

Crosscurrent New Media Art, Osage Gallery, Singapore

A Question of Evidence, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Wien, Austria

Time-lag: the New Force of Chinese Contemporary Art, Magee Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain

Farewell to Post-colonialism: the Third Guangzhou Triennale, Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, China

Unpack: Creation and Education of Chinese Contemporary Art, Museum of China Art Academy, Hangzhou, China

Art Charity China, Museum of Central Art Academy, Beijing, China

We Are Your Future – Second Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia

Our Future: The Guy & Myrian Ullens Foundation Collection, UCCA, Beijing, China

Dior and Chinese Contemporary Artists, UCCA, Beijing, China

Where Are We?, Beijing Center for Arts, Beijing, China

Dream or Reality – Chinese Art Today, Chambers Fine Art, Amsterdam, Holland

2007

Time: Possibility of The Time Expression, Central Academy of Art, Beijing, China

The Real Things: Contemporary Chinese Art, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

Forget Reality!, Universal Studio, Beijing, China

First Polar Biennale, Ushuaia, Argentina

Collective Identity, Chinese Art Center, Manchester, UK

Moscow Biennale: I Am Your Future, Moscow, Russia

Post Socialism, National Gallery, Moscow, Russia

Asian-Europe Mediations: Contemporary Asian and European Art, Museum Narodowe, Poznan, Poland

Dream Place, A Space, Beijing, China

To the Horizon of Shangri-La, Frac Lorraine, France

China Under Construction: Contemporary Art from the People’s Republic, Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston, USA

Why Go to Tibet, Long March Space, Beijing, China

Soft Power: Asian Attitude, Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China

Performa 07, Chinatown, New York, USA

2006

Personal Space: New Perspectives from China, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, USA

6th Gwuangju Biennale, Korea

We- Zhang Peili and Qiu Zhijie, CAA Art Space, Hangzhou, China

Shu: Reinventing Books in Chinese Contemporary Art, China Institute Gallery, New York, USA

Transposition – Translating Performance, Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany

2005

Living in Interesting Times – A Decade of New Chinese Photography, The Open Museum of Photography, Tel Hai, Israel

On the Edge: Contemporary Chinese Artists Encounter the West, Cantor Arts 

Center, Stanford University, Stanford, USA

Trading Place, Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan

The Response of Today’s Art to Hans Christian Andersen, Millennium Art Museum, Beijing, China

Traces & Omens: Noorderlicht 2005 Festival, Groningen, The Netherlands

Fairy Tales Forever: Homage to Andersen, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark

International Triennale of Contemporary Art, Yokohama, Japan

In the Deep of Reality: A Case of Chinese Contemporary Art, Hangzhou, China

The Second Reality: Photographs from China, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium

Video Zoom China, Sala 1 Gallery, Rome, Italy

Young Chinese Contemporary Art, Red Bull Hangar 7, Salzburg, Austria 

2004

Me, Me, Me!, Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, China

Dot/Proliferation and Penetration: Visual Expression from Paper and Ink Art, National Gallery of Malaysia, Malaysia

Space Anew: Qiu Zhijie, Wang Jianwei, & Yang Fudong, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China

Between The Past and the Future, International Center of Photography, New 

York, & The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, the University of Chicago, Chicago, USA

Hua Jia Di Artists, China Art Seasons Gallery, Beijing, China

Technology of the Visible: the 5th Shanghai Bienniale, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China 

20 Years Old, Hanart Gallery & Hong Kong Art Center, Hong Kong, China

The Monk and the Demon, Musee d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France

Light as Fuck!: Shanghai Assemblage 2000 – 2004, The National Museum of  Contemporary Art, Norway

2003

The Minority Is Subordinate to the Majority, Bizart, Shanghai, China

Tower of Babel, Mainz City Museum, Germany

Left Hand, Right Hand, 798 Dashanzi Art Zone, Beijing, China

Trojan Horse Project, Shenghua Art Center, Nanjing, China

Leftside, Leftbank Art Gallery, Beijing, China

Experimental Reality Show, Ritan Park, Beijing, China

Two Fold Time: Asian Art Exhibition, Museum of CAA, Hangzhou, China

Distance, Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, China

That’s China, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Post-Sense Sensibility: Inside Story, Beijing Children Theater, Beijing, China

Chinese Maximalism, Millennium Art Museum, The Hall of Modern Art, Beijing, China

Chine[s]: Experimental Video and Cinema for China and Taiwan, Center Wallonie, Bruxelles, Belgium

How We Live, Queensland Art Gallery, Australia

2002

The 25th San Paolo Biennale, San Paolo, Brazil

Gwangju Biennale, Gwangjiu, Korea

The Third Space in the Fourth World: Multimedia Art of China and Netherlands, Eastlink Art, Shanghai, China

The First Guangzhou Triennal, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

Too Much Flavour, 3H Art Center, Shanghai / Avant-garde  Hakaren, Singapore

Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China

Long March: A Walking Visual Display, China

2001

Translated Act, Haus Der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany / Queens Museum of Art, New York, USA

Digital Arts Festival, Loft New Medium Art Center, Beijing, China

Virtual Future, Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, China

Hot Pot, Kunstnernes hus, Oslo, Norway

Extreme Asia, Gallery Loft, Paris, France

Mantic Ecstasy, Hangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing, China

Post Sense and Sensibility: Spree, Beijing Film Academy, Beijing, China

Asia-Pacific New Media Art Festival, Australia

Next Wave News, Loft New Medium Art Center, Beijing, China

The 3rd Mercosul Biennale, Mercosul, Brazil

Cross: The Urban Public Environmental Solution Exhibition, Modern Art Museum, Chengdu, China

Sound Art 2, Jiezi Yuan Art Space, Beijing, China

20 Years Experiment of Ink Painting, Guangdong Fine Art Museum, Guangzhou, China

Re-shuffle, Shenzhen Sculpture Academy, Shenzhen, China

The First Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu, China

Retribution, Jiezi Yuan Art Space, Beijing, China

Synchronize, Gothe Institute, Hong Kong, China

The 16th Asian International Art Exhibition, Guangdong Fine Art Museum, Guangzhou, China

Post-sense Sensibility: Spree, Beijing Film Academy, Beijing, China

2000

Life Style of the Future, Xieyang Island, Guangxi, China

Chinese Scene: Conceptual Photography, Seansons Gallery, Beijing, China

Medial and Internet Art of China, Jilin Art Academy, Changchun, China

Sapporo Artist in Residence, CAI, Sapporo, Japan

Family?: Contemporary Art Project, International Furniture Center, Shanghai, China

Touch – Multimedia/Performance Arts, Guangzhou, China

Chinese Performance, J.G.M Gallery, Paris, France

Echo Point, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong, China

Inside Out: New Chinese Art, Hong Kong Arts Museum, Hong Kong, China

Asia-Pacific New Media Art Festival, Australia

Unusual & Usual, Yuangong Modern Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Power of the World, Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, Iowa, USA

Family?: Contemporary Art Project, International Furniture Center, Shanghai, China

1999

Post-sense Sensibility: Alien Bodies and Delusion, Beijing, China

Unveiled Reality: Contemporary Photography, Art Beatus Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

Transience: Chinese Experimental Art at the End of the Twentieth Century, TheDavid and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, the University of Chicago, Chicago , University of Oregon, Museum of Art, Eugene, Oregon & Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA

Fast>>Forward: New Chinese Video Art, Center of Contemporary Art, Macau

The 14th Asian International Art Exhibition, Fukoka Asian Art Museum, Japan

99’ Chinese-Japanese Contemporary Art Exchange, Fuzhou Art Academy, Fuzhou, China

Power of the Word, Taiwan Museum of Art, Taizhong, Taiwan

Chinese-Hong Kong Video Festival, Museum of Site, Hong Kong, China

Beijing in London, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK

Contemporary Chinese Architecture Exhibition, National Museum of Art, Beijing, China

Food for Thought: An Insight in Chinese Contemporary Art, Canvas World Art/Canvas Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Chinese Contemporary Art, Gallery Loft, Paris, France

Chinese Contemporary Photography and Video, International Arts Festival, Tachikawa, Japan

Post-sense Sensibility: Alien Bodies and Delusion, Beijing, China

1998

Inside Out, PS1, New York, USA

Trade of Beijing, Present Art Center, Beijing, China

Transmediale – 98: the 11th Video Festival, Podewil, Berlin, Germany

Esperanto ’98, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, USA

Asia-Pacific: Contemporary Art Exhibition, Fuzhou Art Academy, Fuzhou, China

Per Video: Video From Artist International, Ludwig Museum, Koln, Germany

Photography As Concept, Stadtmuseum, Esslingen, Germany

Videonale 8, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany

Muumedia Festival ’98, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland

0431-Video and Computer Art, Changcun, China

Is Me! : A Profile of Chinese Contemporary Art in the 90s, Taimiao, Beijing, China

1997

Drive, Fujian Art Academy, Fuzhou, China

Faces and Bodies of The Middle Kingdom, Gallery Rudolfium, Prague, Cz

Demonstration of Video Art ’97 China, Gallery of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

New Image: Conceptual Photography, Visual Art Center, Beijing, China

New Photography Artist of China, Neuer Berliner Kunstrerein, Berlin, Germany

1996

In the Name of Art, Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Phenomenon/Image: Video Art in China, Gallery of Zhejiang Academy of Fine Art, Hangzhou, China

1995

From the Central Kingdom: Chinese Avant-garde Artists, Santa Monica Art Center, Barcelona, Spain

1994

The Third Documents Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Art, East-China Normal University, Shanghai, China

1993

New Art In China: Post-1989, City Hall, Hong Kong, China

1992

The Second Documentary Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Art, Guangzhou Fine Art Academy, Guangzhou, China

Curatorial Projects

2012

Reactivation, 9th Shanghai Biennale, Power Station of Art

2005

The Archaeology of the Future: 2th Chinese Contemporary Art Biennale, Nanjing Museum, Nanjing

2002

Long March: A Walking Visual Display, Beijing, China

2001

Post-sense Sensibility: Spree, Beijing Film Academy, Beijing, China

2000

Family?: Contemporary Art Project, International Furniture Center, Shanghai, China

1999

Post-sense Sensibility: Alien Bodies and Delusion, Beijing, China