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Qiu Zhijie. The Unicorn and the Dragon
From 28 May to 18 August 2013

A map of the collections of Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice and Aurora Museum, Shanghai.

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, curated by Chiara Bertola and Davide Quadrio, 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.  

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New Roads and Qiu Zhijie - press release

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