Xu Qu Solo Exhibition - Rejuvenation
Curator: Sun Dongdong
3.13 - 5.05, 2021
Beijing 2nd Space
Tang Contemporary Art is proud to announce the opening of Xu Qu’s solo show “Rejuvenation” on March 13, 2021, at 4 p.m. at the gallery’s second Beijing space. The show was curated by Sun Dongdong.
This exhibition will present Rejuvenation, a new series created from 2020 to 2021, including nearly twenty works of painting and installation. Xu Qu’s solo show “Straight Line” at Tang Contemporary Art Hong Kong just ended in February. From the enormous moai sculptures on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) to the spiritual embodiments of Western theories of civilization to the politicized vision of miniaturized landmarks in the Beijing World Park, Xu Qu summons dialectical images and the possibility of rejuvenation or resurrection from more distant geographical scales and nearer sites of circulation.
Xu Qu Thinker II Acrylic and corrosive agent on canvas 80 × 80 cm 2020 - 2021
Xu Qu Three Graces Acrylic and corrosive agent on canvas 265 × 200 cm 2020
Xu Qu Søren Kierkegaard Acrylic and corrosive agent on canvas 208 × 116 cm 2020 - 2021
Xu Qu Giambattista Vico Acrylic and corrosive agent on canvas 116 × 208 cm 2020 - 2021
Xu Qu Niccolò Machiavelli Acrylic and corrosive agent on canvas 208 × 116 cm 2020 - 2021
Xu Qu Denis Diderot Acrylic and corrosive agent on canvas 208 × 116 cm 2020 - 2021
Xu Qu Dante Acrylic and corrosive agent on canvas 208 × 116 cm 2020 - 2021
Xu Qu Diogenes Acrylic and corrosive agent on canvas 208 × 116 cm 2020 - 2021
Xu Qu Vestiges-Pantheon Acrylic on canvas 210 × 460 cm 2019
Xu Qu White House Acrylic on canvas 250 x 20 cm 2019 - 2020
Xu Qu Pietà Acrylic on canvas 250 × 200 cm 2019 - 2020
Xu Qu Dust Acrylic and corrosive agent on canvas 250 × 600 cm 2019
b.1978, Jiangsu Province, China
Currently lives and works in Beijing, China
Xu Qu, born In Jiangsu Province And Graduated With Mfa In Fine Arts And Film At Braunschweig University Of Art(2008). He Currently Lives And Works In Beijing. From the “51 m2 11#” at Taikang Space to the project “Xi Sha, South China Sea Projekt 1#” and the “Upstream”, Xu Qu’s art practice has always been discussing the aesthetic considerations behind social connections through direct movements. However, although he adopts direct movements as before, he attempts to get rid of any unnecessary elements that distract the theme, using the minimalism to simplify the picture. The ultimate goal of the artist is to examine the ultimate target of anthropic aesthetics, and what kind of values and thoughts that the confrontation or mixture of different aesthetic experiences would bring us in different eras.
Sun Dongdong is a curator and art critic. He was born in Nanjing and he received his master’s degree from the Fine Arts Department at the Nanjing University of the Arts. He previously served as Senior Editor of LEAP, responsible for scholarly features and exhibition reviews. He has curated exhibitions at UCCA, Times Museum, A4 Art Museum, and other art institutions. Sun currently lives and works in Beijing.