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Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’ Ocula Conversation Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’

A group of voices accompanies me in the exhibition. They are singing words I cannot comprehend, yet the warm tunes are familiar: folk songs, love songs, songs of longing. There are letters, too. They speak of the quotidian details of a soldier's life: the hardness of the war, sending money to the family, and longing for familiar landscapes, food,...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Bangkok

Thailand

All Exhibitions In Bangkok

Contemporary art exhibition, Chen Zihao, 2.5D at Tang Contemporary Art, Bangkok
4–31 October 2019 Chen Zihao 2.5D Tang Contemporary Art, Bangkok
Contemporary art exhibition, Yuree Kensaku, The Lady on a White Horse at Tang Contemporary Art, Bangkok
20 June–24 July 2019 Yuree Kensaku The Lady on a White Horse Tang Contemporary Art, Bangkok
Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, Open Islands 开放的岛屿 at Tang Contemporary Art, Bangkok
25 April–31 May 2019 Group exhibition Open Islands 开放的岛屿 Tang Contemporary Art, Bangkok
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About Bangkok

True to its reputation as one of the world's most visited cities, Bangkok has much to offer all around: food, nightlife, shopping, and art. On the way into the city from Dong Muang International Airport, you might drop in at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA Bangkok) for a comprehensive view of traditional and contemporary art emanating from Thailand. Based on the tremendous collection of businessman Boonchai Bencharongkul, who gifted the works to the institution in 2012, the Museum boasts the works of Thai national treasures—among them Chitt Chongmangkong, Yangyong Olarachin, Waranun Chutchawantipakorn, and Decho Buranabanpot—and emerging talents in its spacious galleries. MOCA Bangkok is also noted for its Thai banknote collection, the most complete of its kind in the country.

At the heart of the city, the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) is known for its acclaimed range of contemporary art in design, music, theatre, and film. Established in 2008 with the initiative to kindle passion and inspiration for art in local and international visitors alike, the BACC is known for its forward-thinking exhibitions, public events, and programmes. It is the host of the Young Thai Artist Award, the Mekong River Art Project, and the prestigious White Elephant Art Award; in 2018, the Centre was one of the 20 venues to participate in the inaugural Bangkok Art Biennale. A similarly leading presence in the social arena, the BACC is due to open the second (and largest to date) LGBTQ exhibition in Asia in November 2019.

Also located within the BACC is Thai Art Archives (TTA), the country's first independent non-profit research platform dedicated to Thai contemporary art. Co-founded by Patri Vienravi and Gregory Galligan in 2010, TTA collects accomplished Thai artists' sketches and studies, diaries, photography, and other primary materials, as well as secondary materials, for future access to the public.

In addition to the BACC, the venues of Bangkok Art Biennale 2018 encompassed the major landmarks throughout the city, notably the Peninsula Bangkok Hotel, O.P. Place, Siam Square One, and Siam Paragon. With 200 works by artists from 33 countries, highlights included Yayoi Kusama's famous hanging pumpkins with polka dots; Huang Yong Ping's mixed media installations; Yuki Kihara's video installations; and a range of Thai artists such as Wisut Ponnimit, known for his Mamuang cartoon illustrations. After a critical success, Bangkok Art Biennale is due to return in 2020.

From BACC, take the public BTS Skytrain to 100 Tonson Gallery, a leading contemporary art space that became the first Thai gallery to feature in Art Basel Switzerland in 2011. Its growing roster of artists include locals such as Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, Chatchai Puipia, and Montri Toemsombat, with works of Yayoi Kusama, Andrew Stahl, and Louise Bourgeois among others, in its collection. From there, head over the Bangkok CityCity Gallery in the nearby Sathorn district, the city's commercial centre, for its diverse range of paintings, sculptures, installations, videos, and live performances.

For a more relaxed, informal but serious encounter with art, WTF Gallery and Café in Khet Watthana might just be the place for you. The brainchild of an art curator, a hotelier, and a photojournalist, WTF Gallery and Café is a three-storey hangout place with a cocktail bar and café on the first two floors and an exhibition space upstairs.

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