New Wave Beyond Yuanmingyuan: An Important European Private Collection of Chinese Contemporary Art

New Wave Beyond Yuanmingyuan: An Important European Private Collection of Chinese Contemporary Art

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Qiu Zhijie

Qiu Zhijie 邱志杰 | Heart Sutra 心經

Auction Closed

October 6, 06:45 AM GMT


100,000 - 200,000 HKD

Lot Details


Qiu Zhijie

b. 1969

Heart Sutra

coloured ink and invisible ink on paper fan

stamped with the artist's seal; inscribed Buddhist text on the reverse

fan: 39.5 by 68 cm.  15½ by 26¾ in.

box: 4 by 42 by 6 cm.  1⅝ by 16½ by 2⅜ in.

Executed in 2000.










紙扇:39.5 x 68 公分,15½ x 26¾ 英寸

盒:4 x 42 x 6 公分,1⅝ x 16½ x 2⅜ 英寸

Galerie Loft, Paris

The Ullens Collection

Christie's, Hong Kong, 26 May 2013, Lot 263

Acquired from the above sale by the present owner






Qiu Zhijie’s Heart Sutra is the only witness left of the ephemeral installation that the artist created for the exhibition, Power of the Word, at the Taiwan Museum of Art in 2000, which later toured to America. Curated by Johnson Chang, the exhibition focused on ink art and featured the installation, Heart Sutra, by Qiu Zhijie. Qiu was given a large room for this installation, in which he painted the Buddhist Heart Sutra (Sutra of Love), covering the entirety of the walls of the room with invisible fluorescent paint which only revealed its imagery under ultraviolet light. In the centre of the space was a glass tank filled with formol and a human heart. The lighting of the room was alternatively switched from ultraviolet lights which exposed the Sutra writing on the walls but concealed the central tank in the dark, to crude electric lighting which uncovered the heart in formol but kept the writing hidden. The work was destroyed after the show but Qiu designed this fan as a memento of the exhibition, with the use of both sides of the fan mirroring the concept of his installation. On one side there is the image of a heart and on the other there is a poem of the Sutra of Love, only visible under ultraviolet light.