The solo exhibition Qiu Zhijie: Journeys without Arrivals is the first comprehensive overview of Qiu Zhijie, one of the most important Chinese artists of his generation. The wide spectrum of his artworks—ranging in media and entangling different temporalities and geographies—unveils an intimate portrait of the artist as a polymath, whose artistic work is an integral part of a larger, holistic approach to life. Embracing the concept of total art, Qiu demonstrates the role of art as a powerful engine for coming to terms with change, tradition and globalisation in China and across the world. Qiu’s work draws on certain pictorial traditions, from calligraphy to handicraft techniques, and pushes them into the present. He represents an ideal example of an artist as a go-between, whose broad ideas and engagements—as an artist, merchant, teacher and political activist—become strong, resolute and profound images of the contemporary world.