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Qiu Shihua in his studio, Beijing 2016. Photo: Hua Xia
Qiu Shihua in his studio, Beijing 2016. Photo: Hua Xia

At first glance, the paintings of Chinese artist Qiu Shihua seem to be monochrome, completely white canvases. Yet upon closer inspection, vast landscapes emerge from the painted surface which, depending on where the viewer is standing, either reveal an increasing number of details or slip away again before his eyes. Only through long, intense examination is it possible gain a full perception of Qiu Shihua’s complex white paintings. With this mode of representation, the artist categorically questions the moment of visibility in painting. Qiu Shihua’s white landscapes oscillate between the Western idea of abstraction and reduction on the one side, and the far Eastern Taoist concepts of repetition and emptiness on the other.

Qiu Shihua was born in 1940 in Zizhong in the Chinese province of Sichuan. He studied painting at the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts, training first and foremost in traditional Chinese painting techniques. Since the 1990s Qiu has been exhibiting in the West: his work was shown at the Venice Biennale in 1999 and in 2013 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, one year after the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin presented a retrospective of his work to date. Qiu Shihua lives in Beijing and Shenzhen.

Publications

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2018
Qiu Shihua. Impressions

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2017-18
Qiu Shihua. Impressions

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2016-17
Qiu Shihua

Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing, China

2015
Qiu Shihua. Calme

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2014-15
Qiu Shihua. Aura of Nature

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2012-13
Qiu Shihua – New Works

Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne, Switzerland

2012
Qiu Shihua. White Field

Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany

2012
Qiu Shihua

Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing, China

2011-12
Qiu Shihua. Landschaft, Licht und Stille

Museum Pfalzgalerie, Kaiserslautern, Germany

Group exhibitions
2018
Scheinbar: nichts. Bildwelten von Qiu Shihua im Dialog / Apparently Nothing. Qiu Shihua’s Pictorial Worlds in Dialogue

Museum unter Tage, Situation Kunst (für Max Imdahl), Kunstsammlungen der Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

2018
Lolo’s Entaglements

De Warande, Turnhout, Belgium

2018
A Chinese Journey, The Sigg Collection

Het Noordbrabants Museum, ’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

2015
Beyond Horizon

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2015
Harmonie und Umbruch. Spiegelungen chinesischer Landschaften

MARTa Herford, Herford, Germany

2013
Building Bridges – Zeitgenössische Kunst aus China

Wolfsberg, Ermatingen, Germany

2013
Blank to Blank – Inframince Exhibition II

Soka Art Center, Beijing, China

2013
Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

2012-13
Weltsichten. Landschaft in der Kunst vom 17. Jahrhundert bis zum 21. Jahrhundert

Kunstmuseum Dieselkraftwerk Cottbus, Cottbus, Germany

2012
Self-essence Naturalism

Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

2011
Collectors’ Stage: Asian Contemporary Art from Private Collections

Singapore Art Museum (SAM), Singapore, Republic of Singapore

2011-12
Duchamp’ Inframince in Painting – First Zhuangzi International Conference Parallel Exhibition

Yuan Art Museum, Beijing, China

2010-11
Shanshui – Poetry Without Sound? Landscape in Chinese Contemporary Art

Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern, Switzerland

2010
Weltsichten. Landschaft in der Kunst seit dem 17. Jahrhundert

Situation Kunst, Bochum, Germany; Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany; Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden; Germany; Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany; Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht, The Netherlands

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