Xu Qu was born in 1978 in Jiangsu, China. Xu Qu graduated with a MFA in Fine Arts and Film at Braunschweig University of Art, Germany in 2008. The artist is currently lives and works in Beijing.
Xu Qu conveys his attitude towards society and his understanding of the world through artistic practice. He focuses on exploring the interconnections among social systems in different dimensions and fields. Starting from a profound insight into social reality, Xu Qu uncovers the subtle aspects within his field of vision, revealing the macro through a grasp of the micro. He navigates through various value systems and aesthetic experiences, extending his reflections on the interplay of social systems. Guided by his pursuit of concise and clear presentation, Xu Qu employs diverse media to address different topics, resulting in a multidimensional artistic practice that encompasses painting, performance, video, installation, and sculpture.
Xu Qu's recent solo exhibitions include Xu Qu: Advent, Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai, China, 2023; Xu Qu: Central Axis, Tang Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea, 2023; Xu Qu: Rejuvenation, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China, 2021; Xu Qu: Straight Line, Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong, China, 2021; Desert, Each Modern, Taipei, China, 2020; Fineness, Massimo De Carlo, Hong Kong, China, 2019; Chaos, Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy, 2019; Ache, Antenna Space, Shanghai, China, 2018. Xu Qu has participated in group exhibitions at renowned institutions both domestically and internationally, including Fondation Louis Vuitton (Paris, France), K11 Art Foundation (Hong Kong, China), UCCA Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing, China), Taikang Space (Beijing, China), OCAT Shanghai (Shanghai, China), 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum (Shanghai, China), Long Museum (Shanghai, China), Guangdong Times Art Museum (Guangzhou, China), Song Art Museum (Beijing, China), and He Art Museum (Foshan, China).
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