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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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Meg Maggio Ocula Conversation Meg Maggio Founder, Pékin Fine Arts, Beijing and Hong Kong

Meg Maggio’s enthusiasm is a force to be reckoned with. She races into her gallery space in Wong Chuk Hang to meet me, with entrepreneur and friend, Juan van Wassenhove in tow. She runs around the gallery eager to introduce visitors to each other, with a: “You need to know him, he has the most magnificent temple hotel in Beijing...

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Rafael Lozano-Hemmer Ocula Conversation Rafael Lozano-Hemmer Artist, Montreal

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer creates and develops interactive installations that are at the intersection of architecture and performance art. His large-scale interactive installations have been commissioned for events such as the Millennium Celebrations in Mexico City (1999), the Cultural Capital of Europe in Rotterdam (2001), the UN World Summit...

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About Vancouver

The intellectually and culturally diverse art scene of Vancouver is detectable from the moment you enter the city, with its renowned public museums and galleries taking the lead. Vancouver Art Gallery, the largest public art museum in western Canada, houses over 9,000 artworks encompassing the historical and contemporary art of British Columbia and the world, with an emphasis on artworks by First Nations artists. In 2014, the Gallery opened the Institute of Asian Art to spotlight art of the Asia-Pacific region, an interest shared with the Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, located in Chinatown. Equally important is the Contemporary Art Gallery, noted for its year-round exhibitions, off-site projects, artist residencies, and other initiatives that seek to bring contemporary art and the wider public closer through education.

Galleries dedicated to First Nations art are firmly established throughout the city. Two of these are located in Gastown, the historic neighbourhood from which Vancouver grew: the Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, which represents senior and emerging Inuit and Northwest Coast artists, and Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery, which holds a critically acclaimed collection of the artworks of First Nations and Inuit peoples. In downtown Vancouver, Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art—founded in memory of Haida artist Bill Reid, who was one of Canada's most accomplished contemporary artists—arranges thoughtful exhibitions that combine art and social issues with a focus on increasing awareness of Indigenous traditions and values.

Artist-run spaces are prominent in Vancouver, each with a distinct flavour. The Western Front is a forerunner of contemporary art and new music in Canada, offering an extensive programme of visual art exhibitions, music concerts and performances, workshops, residencies, and online exhibitions. UNIT/PITT Society for Art & Critical Awareness (formerly Helen Pitt Gallery) pursues contemporary art concerned with socio-political currents, while Artspeak seeks to excite conversations between art and writing. grunt gallery, with its mission to support cutting-edge contemporary art, is known for its thought-provoking and collaborative exhibitions, performances, and artist talks.

Other leading Vancouver galleries include Catriona Jeffries Gallery, which represents Canadian artists of international renown—among them Abbas Akhavan, Liz Magor, and Elizabeth McIntosh—and participates in international art fairs such as Art Basel; Monte Clark Gallery, which is recognised for its excellent exhibitions and selection of Canadian and international artists; and Equinox Gallery, which organises large-scale shows that rival those of well-endowed public galleries or museums.

Vancouver also hosts two significant international art fairs. The annual Art Vancouver, which takes place in spring, holds the title of the largest contemporary art fair in western Canada. It aims to further the practice of contemporary art both at home and abroad. Vancouver International Sculpture Biennale, better known as Vancouver Biennale, provides an approximately 18-month exhibition of public sculptures by national and international artists. A small number of works have been donated to the city from each edition, quickly becoming landmarks, including Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz's nine cast-iron, headless figures, titled Walking Figures (2005), on Cambie Street at Broadway, and Chinese artist Yue Minjun's A-maze-ing Laughter (2009)—a group of bronze men seized in a fit of laughter—in Morton Park.

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