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Qiu Zhijie

Writing the “Orchid Pavilion Preface” One Thousand Times 书写兰亭序一千遍, 1990-1995

Five chromogenic prints
19 1/4 × 39 in
48.9 × 99.1 cm
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Exhibition history
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York
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邱志杰 书写兰亭序一千遍
Each 19 1⁄4 × 39 in. (49 × 99 cm)

邱志杰 书写兰亭序一千遍
Each 19 1⁄4 × 39 in. (49 × 99 cm)

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Photography
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Qiu Zhijie
Chinese, b. 1969
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Qiu Zhijie is known for his text- and calligraphy-based practice, which encompasses photography, performance, installation, painting, and video. His works explore the struggle of self-assertion, particularly with reference to Chinese history. Qiu, who has a background in printmaking, became infamous for his labor intensive project of copying a 4th-century Chinese calligraphic work over 4000 times in seven years on the same sheet of paper. Qiu frequently photographs or films his writing performances, and produces what he has termed “calli-photo-graphy.” Within this category, some of his most famous works include his “Tattoo” series (begun 1994), in which Qiu painted words and patterns onto his own body.

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About the work
Exhibition history
Provenance
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York
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邱志杰 书写兰亭序一千遍
Each 19 1⁄4 × 39 in. (49 × 99 cm)

邱志杰 书写兰亭序一千遍
Each 19 1⁄4 × 39 in. (49 × 99 cm)

Medium
Photography
Image rights
Photo: courtesy the artist
Qiu Zhijie
Chinese, b. 1969
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Qiu Zhijie is known for his text- and calligraphy-based practice, which encompasses photography, performance, installation, painting, and video. His works explore the struggle of self-assertion, particularly with reference to Chinese history. Qiu, who has a background in printmaking, became infamous for his labor intensive project of copying a 4th-century Chinese calligraphic work over 4000 times in seven years on the same sheet of paper. Qiu frequently photographs or films his writing performances, and produces what he has termed “calli-photo-graphy.” Within this category, some of his most famous works include his “Tattoo” series (begun 1994), in which Qiu painted words and patterns onto his own body.

Qiu Zhijie

Writing the “Orchid Pavilion Preface” One Thousand Times 书写兰亭序一千遍, 1990-1995

Five chromogenic prints
19 1/4 × 39 in
48.9 × 99.1 cm
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