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Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide Ocula Conversation Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide

Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...

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Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See 6 Sep 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The fifth edition of Sydney Contemporary will take place once again at Carriageworks between 12 and 15 September 2019, with Spring 1883 bringing together a cohort of 27 galleries from across Australia and the region to inhabit rooms at the Establishment Hotel from 11 to 14 September 2019, uniquely presenting contemporary works propped up on...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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Contemporary art exhibition, Zhang Enli, Zhang Enli at Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
6 September–19 October 2019 Zhang Enli Zhang Enli Xavier Hufkens, 6 rue St-Georges, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Zhang Enli, Zhang Enli at Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
6 September–19 October 2019 Zhang Enli Zhang Enli Xavier Hufkens, 107 rue St-Georges, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, PAINTING BELGIUM: Abstraction in Peace Time (1945–1975) at La Patinoire Royale – galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels
6 September–7 December 2019 PAINTING BELGIUM: Abstraction in Peace Time (1945–1975) La Patinoire Royale – galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Jan Dries, Infinite End at La Patinoire Royale – galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels
6 September–7 December 2019 Jan Dries Infinite End La Patinoire Royale – galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Miquel Barceló, Miquel Barceló at Almine Rech, Brussels
5 September–18 October 2019 Miquel Barceló Miquel Barceló Almine Rech, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Franz Ackermann, Our Houses at Templon, Brussels
5 September–19 October 2019 Franz Ackermann Our Houses Templon, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Walead Beshty, Three pictures at rodolphe janssen, Brussels
5 September–26 October 2019 Walead Beshty Three pictures rodolphe janssen, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Di fuochi e accesi sensi at Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels
5 September–19 October 2019 Group Exhibition Di fuochi e accesi sensi Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Ataru Sato, Ataru Sato at Office Baroque, Brussels
5 September–19 October 2019 Ataru Sato Ataru Sato Office Baroque, Brussels

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Golden Jubilee: Art Brussels Ocula Report Golden Jubilee: Art Brussels 27 Apr 2018 : Denis Maksimov for Ocula

At the entrance of the fiftieth anniversary edition of Art Brussels (19–22 April 2018), Iván Navarro's Sediments (2017) at Galerie Templon's booth offered an appropriate 'welcome' into the bottomless world of an art fair—a world map rendered in lights that infinitely stretch into a void by way of an illusion created with mirrors. At La...

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Fair Play: Reflections on Art Brussels, 2016 Ocula Report Fair Play: Reflections on Art Brussels, 2016 29 Apr 2016 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

The Independent art fair launched in Brussels this year, concurrent with Art Brussels, one of Europe’s oldest fairs, and it was a fitting disruption to Brussels’ art week. Art Brussels, after all, was founded as Art Actuel in 1968, just one year after Art Cologne launched the first modern art fair as Kunstmarkt Köln. The same year...

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David Noonan Ocula Conversation David Noonan Artist, Australia

A recent exhibition at Xavier Hufkens, Brussels saw the presentation of large-scale, screen-printed linen collages by Australian born, but London based artist, David Noonan. As with Noonan’s sculptural and film works, the linen collages presented at Hufkens are re-configurations of both abstract and figurative imagery, which he gleans from...

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Almine Rech Ocula Conversation Almine Rech Founder, Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Paris and London

Almine Rech – the well-known French art dealer and founder of her namesake gallery - recently expanded on her spaces in Paris and Brussels by opening a third space in London.  The new gallery in Mayfair opened with Pittura Oggetto, a group show that features a tightly curated selection of pieces by important Italian artists of the...

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Koen Van Den Broek Ocula Conversation Koen Van Den Broek Artist, Belgium

The work of Koen van den Broek refuses to be neatly defined. It bears strong affinities to the tradition of European painting, while at the same time inhabiting the landscape of the street and the vocabulary of American abstraction. Having studied architecture, the artist explores the geometric spaces of roads and transportation structures....

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Franz Ackermann - Our Houses - Galerie Templon Brussels Related Video & Audio Franz Ackermann - Our Houses - Galerie Templon Brussels Templon : 14 September 2019

FRANZ ACKERMANNOur Houses5 SEPTEMBER—19 OCTOBER 2019Galerie Templon - BRUSSELS© José Huedo

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Josh Smith in conversation with Anne Pontégnie Related Video & Audio Josh Smith in conversation with Anne Pontégnie Xavier Hufkens : 9 July 2019

Josh Smith talks with Anne Pontégnie on the occasion of his exhibition Finding Emo at Xavier Hufkens, Brussels (7 June—13 July 2019).

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Walter Swennen in conversation with Miguel Wandschneider Related Video & Audio Walter Swennen in conversation with Miguel Wandschneider Xavier Hufkens : 9 April 2019

Walter Swennen talks with Miguel Wandschneider on the occasion of his exhibition Un Cœur Pur at Xavier Hufkens, Brussels (1 March—13 April 2019).

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Brutalist sculpture is the star act at this exhibition in Brussels Related Press Brutalist sculpture is the star act at this exhibition in Brussels Wallpaper* : 10 May 2018

'I have a strong credo that an exhibition must embody real objects,' says curator Matthieu Poirier prefacing a walkthrough of The Brutal Play, in which works from Carl Andre, Donald Judd and Robert Morris occupy the Fondation CAB in Brussels. 'These objects remind the viewers of their own bodies.'

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Mark Hagen Does Nude Group Therapy Related Press Mark Hagen Does Nude Group Therapy TL Magazine : 16 January 2018

In 1972, a Brussels-based NGO called the Union of International Associations put together 'The Encyclopaedia of World Problems and Human Potential'. The project intended to catalog both the pains and the solutions to human existence. Nude Group Therapy—think of sauna time in Finland—was one such mean to alleviate interpersonal...

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Exposées pour la première fois en Europe, les images de Robin Graubard retracent 40 années d'une existence dans les marges. Related Press Exposées pour la première fois en Europe, les images de Robin Graubard retracent 40 années d'une existence dans les marges. Focus Le Vif : 13 December 2017

Take a Picture It Lasts Longer. Le titre est de ceux que l’on aime. Il va comme un gant autravail de Robin Graubard (États-Unis, 1951) qui s’est souvent plu à en raconter l’origine.La scène se déroule en 1963 dans un cinéma new-yorkais. Âgée de douze ans, Robin a emmené sa frangine voir _From Russia with Love-, le dernier James Bond.

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Small but perfectly formed, Art Brussels is packing a big punch Related Press Small but perfectly formed, Art Brussels is packing a big punch Wallpaper* : 24 April 2017

There’s nary an Anish Kapoor to be found at the 35th edition of Art Brussels. It’s an unusual observation for such an established fixture on the art fair calendar – but Art Brussels has proven itself to be no ordinary fair. With only a handful of blue-chip galleries present, Art Brussels has carved out a role as one of Europe’s leading discovery...

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Preview: Art Brussels Related Press Preview: Art Brussels Elephant : 19 April 2017

'Art Brussels believes in galleries that support their artists throughout their evolution... We are definitely not interested in showing work in a supermarket-like style.' We speak with Anne Vierstraete, Managing Director of Art Brussels, as the fair nears its thirty-fifth edition.

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Recent Events

Contemporary art exhibition, Art Brussels 2019 at Ocula Editions, Auckland
25–28 Apr 2019 Art Brussels 2019
Contemporary art exhibition, BRAFA 2019 at Ocula Editions, Auckland
26 Jan–3 Feb 2019 BRAFA 2019
Contemporary art exhibition, Art Brussels 2018 at Ocula Editions, Auckland
19–22 Apr 2018 Art Brussels 2018
Contemporary art exhibition, Art Brussels 2016 at Ocula Editions, Auckland
22–24 Apr 2016 Art Brussels 2016

About Brussels

At the heart of Europe, Brussels is a bustling, ever-changing city with a unique and highly active fine art scene. Over the centuries the Belgian capital has drawn European masters from Pieter Bruegel to Auguste Rodin, René Magritte, and Paul Delvaux. Heritage and UNESCO sites ranging from the medieval Grand-Place to 17th-century guild halls, a 19th-century stock exchange, iconic Art Nouveau and Art Deco town houses, and the futuristic Atomium building, amidst multiple green spaces define the urban landscape of this cosmopolitan cultural centre.

For a city at the heart of European politics and bureaucracy, Brussels' contemporary art scene is highly anarchistic and anti-authoritarian, defying categorisation and standardisation. Highly decentralised and diverse, there is no principal art district; instead, networks and groupings of various migrant and local contemporary artists and their collectors are scattered across the city's districts in all manner of spaces. Empty and abandoned spaces across the city have been transformed into places of art, with even major institutions such as Kanal—Centre Pompidou occupying former industrial spaces.

The city's contemporary art museums and institutions—the Musée Modern (Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium), the Kanal, Wiels Contemporary Art Centre and Centrale for Contemporary Art—give just a small sample of the Brussels art world. An abundance of independent and alternative exhibition spaces and contemporary art galleries help Belgian and migrant artists find their own path. Galleries in Brussels like Templon, Xavier Hufkens, Galerie Greta Meert, Almine Rech, Office Baroque, and Rodolphe Janssen, as well as non-profits such as La Loge and Complot, and independent institutions such as the Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art and the Boghossian Foundation (based in Villa Empain) act as the backbone to the city's contemporary art scene.

With one of the highest concentrations of collectors in Europe and a large number of galleries and independent art organisations that offer support and stability to newer artists, Brussels attracts a wealth of international artists, evident across the multi-cultural collaborations and exhibition spaces dotted across the city.

Major exhibitions are sometimes held at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, though rarely do all art circles converge in this manner. The principal exception is the Art Brussels contemporary art fair (established in 1968), when artists, galleries, and art lovers from all over Brussels and overseas converge in one place. Other smaller alternative art fairs have arisen in recent years, including Art Truc Troc, the Affordable Art Fair, Independent, and Poppositions. These independent efforts attempt to alter gallery hierarchies and provide further space for emerging talent.

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