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Qiu Zhijie

New Roads


Qiu Zhijie. The Unicorn and the Dragon. A map of the collections of Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice and Aurora Museum, Shanghai


May 29th - August 18th, 2013


Curated by Chiara Bertola and Davide Quadrio


In conjunction with the 55th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale


Chinese artist Qiu Zhijie, chief curator of the last edition of the Shanghai Biennale, will present at the Querini Stampalia Foundation a selection of new works on the occasion of his first solo exhibition in Italy during the 55th edition of the Venice Art Biennale.



Through a comprehensive and diverse range of works, the artist will explore the complex dynamics that outline space and time routes between the East and the West, the Past and the Present.



This exhibition of Qiu Zhijie’s is the first stage of New Roads, a three-year international cooperative project between China and Italy, born from the will to create a platform for intercultural dialogue through contemporary art.



There are three institutions involved: the Aurora Museum of Shanghai and the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice, which, through the critical intervention intercultural and artistic mediation of Arthub Asia, will compare their history and their collections, analyzing and expanding them with projects commissioned from Eastern and Western contemporary artists.



The site-specific works by Qiu Zhijie, as well as all the previous contemporary art projects included in the program “Sustaining the future” and developed at Fondazione Querini Stampalia since the year 2000, are designed in relation to the objects within the permanent collection. In this case, the comparison and analysis will extend beyond the usual project, building conceptual and stylistic bridges between the works of the Venetian foundation and the valuable collection of ancient Asian Art at the Aurora Museum of Shanghai.



Transcending the geographical distance and exposing the prejudices built over centuries of cultural exchange between the East and the West, the mapping approach used by Qiu Zhijie trails, discovers and highlights the connections between the two museums along with those between Venice and Shanghai, two cities sharing many features, including their intrinsic attitudes towards external influences and exchange, typical of all places overlooking the sea.


Images of the exhibition


Catalogue: Qiu Zhijie. The Unicorn and the Dragon. A map of the collection of Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice and Aurora Museum, Shanghai

Silvana editoriale, Milano, 2013 English, Italian and Chinese version

Texts by: Chiara Bertola, Marco Ceresa, Davide Quadrio, Francesca Girelli

Qiu Zhijie. The Unicorn and the Dragon
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Qiu Zhijie. The Unicorn and the Dragon
Press release

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