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Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds Ocula Conversation Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds

Geometric patterns, anthropomorphic characters, architectural spatial environments, and relics of the ancient world appear throughout Jess Johnson's artworks.Johnson's solo art-ventures began in drawing, but her long-term collaborative relationship with animator Simon Ward brings her drawings to life in videos and virtual reality. The animator has...

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Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger Ocula Conversation Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger

In 2012, Melati Suryodarmo opened Studio Plesungan in her native Surakarta, also known as Solo, the historic royal capital of the Mataram Empire of Java in Indonesia. Suryodarmo had returned to Indonesia from Germany, where she studied Butoh and choreography with Butoh dancer and choreographer Anzu Furukawa, time-based media with avantgarde...

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Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City Ocula Report Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City 15 Nov 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Under the direction of Folakunle Oshun, the second edition of the Lagos Biennial (26 October–23 November 2019) includes works by over 40 Lagos-based and international artists, architects, and collectives. Curated by architect Tosin Oshinowo, curator and producer Oyindamola Fakeye, and assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute of...

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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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Verboamérica at MALBA, Buenos Aires Ocula Report Verboamérica at MALBA, Buenos Aires 27 Oct 2017 : Himali Singh Soin for Ocula

The Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires, or MALBA, was founded in 2001 to house the collection of Argentine businessman Eduardo Costantini. Operated by the not-for-profit Fundación MALBA, the museum's collection focuses on artists from Latin America, such as Yeguas del Apocalipsis (Pedro Lemebel and Juan Francisco Casas), Alejandro Xul Solar,...

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ArteBA returns to Buenos Aires for its 25th edition Related Press ArteBA returns to Buenos Aires for its 25th edition Blouin Artinfo : 16 May 2016

The 25th-anniversary edition of arteBA returns to Buenos Aires May 19 through 22, taking place at La Rural convention center, with events and exhibitions planned throughout the city to coincide with its largest art event of the year.

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About Buenos Aires

A city widely recognised for its international influence within and without, Buenos Aires is also home to many great local artists and art institutions, particularly contemporary art venues on historical sites.

Fundación PROA is a well-known private art centre focused on art from the 20th and 21st centuries. Founded in 1996, Fundación PROA underwent a remodelling project in 2008 that included a new transparent facade in order to communicate 'experiences from the inside to the neighbourhood', according to the centre's website. It frequently develops programming with an emphasis on educational and exchange programmes with other cultural institutions. In addition to the three-storey building's four exhibition halls, there is a multimedia auditorium, a library, and a café. The centre has held exhibitions on Argentinian abstract art; American Conceptual and Minimalist art; and the work of Jenny Holzer, Ai Weiwei, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

The Museos de la Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero's Centro de Arte Contemporáneo is housed in the former Hotel of Immigrants of Buenos Aires alongside the Museum of Immigration. The Hotel was established to accommodate the massive influx of immigrants arriving in Argentina from 1906 to 1953, and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1990. A restoration process was carried out and the centre opened its doors in 2012. Given the rich history of the former hotel, the centre aligns its mission with the location's former values, as a platform for participation, dialogue, and action through contemporary art and culture.

The CCK is the largest cultural centre in Latin America, and is housed in the former central post office of Buenos Aires. The post office operated from 1928 until 2002, and the CCK opened in its place in 2015. The building itself is a must-see, filled with marble and stained glass. The centre is named after Argentina's late President Néstor Kirchner, who was a strong proponent of the arts. In addition to its visual art, the centre is known for its extensive music programming. An alternative art venue also in a historic building is the the Centro Cultural Recoleta (CCR), housed in what was a convent of the Recoleto monks from 1732. The CCR is a government-run art centre and multidisciplinary space, dedicated to the art of Argentina and, in particular, emerging artists. It was opened in 1980 and in it artists freely pursued ideas that may not necessarily align with dominant political ideologies. Rich in cultural history, the centre is still known for its commitment to experimental art and art forms.

Other notable museums include the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, home to the largest public collection of artworks in Latin America and featuring a number of significant Impressionist and post-Impressionist artworks. The museum also hosts works by critically acclaimed Argentinian artists such as Cándido López, Antonio Seguí, and León Ferrari in addition to other major Latin American artists. The Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires in Palermo is for modern and contemporary art and exhibits international, Argentinian, and Latin American artists, with a permanent collection emphasising Latin American art. For contemporary art, especially geometric abstraction, head to the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires.

Buenos Aires is also home to a rich and diverse range of galleries such as Gachi Prieto, HILO, Galería Nora Fisch, Galería Mar Dulce, and emerging and alternative art spaces such as Papel Moneda. As for art fairs, Buenos Aires is widely known for its arteBA—Argentina's largest art fair. Most recently, the city has been a part of the Art Basel Cities initiative due to its flourishing art scene.

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