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  • "QIU ZHIJIE: MAPPA MUNDI”

    Ullens Center for Contemporary Art UCCA当代艺术中心
    798 Art Zone, No. 4 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District
    November 24 - March 3

    Curated by Philip Tinari

    If all thinkers are either hedgehogs or foxes, as per Isaiah Berlin’s well-known classification, Chinese artist, curator, theorist, and educator Qiu Zhijie is one of the latter: a fox who knows and does many things, sometimes too many for the audience to digest at once. “Mappa Mundi,” Qiu’s second solo show in Beijing this year, will focus on a single aspect of his multifarious practice—namely, maps. More than thirty large-scale ink-on-paper works will provide a comprehensive view of the complex conceptual territories Qiu has constructed in his “Mapping the World Project,” which he began in 2011. Rendered in meticulous detail, these intricate webs of signs, references, and connections reveal Qiu as an eccentric calligrapher and cartographer, a fox aiming (like a hedgehog) at one big idea.