University of Edinburgh
Talbot Rice Gallery

Talbot Rice Gallery is proud to present a lecture on the work of Qiu Zhijie by Charles Esche, Director of the Van Abbemuseum in The Netherlands

Qiu Zhijie’s exhibition at Talbot Rice, created specifically for the gallery’s iconic Georgian Gallery, is the artist’s first major exhibition in the UK. Designed as both archaeological dig, and expanded map, the exhibition showcases Qiu’s calligraphy and painting practice and his work to reform connections; between past, presents and future; different cultures, disciplines and languages.

Having staged the first comprehensive overview of Qiu’s work at the Van Abbemuseum in 2017, including the acquisition of several of his works into the collection and an associated publication, Charles Esche is uniquely positioned to explore the remarkable practice of one of the most important Chinese artists of his generation.

  • 5pm: Exhibition Private View
  • 6pm: Lecture
  • 7pm: Drinks Reception

Charles Esche is director of Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven and professor of contemporary art and curating at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London where he works with Exhibition Studies. He is a visiting professor at Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht and chair of CASCO, Utrecht. He is currently writing a book on Demodern Thinking with Prof. Walter Mignolo and preparing an exhibition project in the Netherlands, Indonesia and Australia provisionally called The Four Soils for 2023/4. On June 2022 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Edinburgh.

Tickets are free, but booking is required.


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