The gallery was created in Italy in 1990 by three friends: Mario Cristiani, Lorenzo Fiaschi and Maurizio Rigillo. In 2004, Galleria Continua has been one of the first foreign art galleries to reach to China, opening a new location in the now famous Beijing’s 798 Art District. Relentlessly expanding, two other locations were inaugurated in France and Cuba, respectively in 2007 and in 2015. A strong desire inhabited the three founders to maintain a continuity between generations while composing a story responsive to contemporary creation. Nowadays Galleria Continua is among the 20 most important galleries in the world.
Zone D, 798 Art Zone, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Qiu Shihua: Empty/Not Empty
Galerie Urs Meile is pleased to announce Empty / Not Empty, Qiu Shihua’s fourth appearance in our gallery’s Beijing branch and the most comprehensive exhibition of his works in China to date. On display are oil on canvas as well as paper works spanning 25 years of his oeuvre with earlier pieces he painted in Beijing and Shenzhen until very recent ones he just finished in Sacramento.
In their method, Qiu Shihua's white paintings follow a tradition that goes back more than a thousand years, but in their appearance they seem radically modern, even provocative. They are timeless, offer a wealth of perceptive possibilities, and can be regarded as one of the most interesting and certainly least expected contributions to painting in the past decades.