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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, The Abode of Anamnesis 记忆寓所 at OCAT Institute, Beijing
8 March–9 June 2019 Group exhibition The Abode of Anamnesis 记忆寓所 OCAT Institute, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Zhao Yang, Roma Is a Lake 罗马是个湖 at ShanghART, Beijing
9 March–28 April 2019 Zhao Yang Roma Is a Lake 罗马是个湖 ShanghART, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Chen Yujun, Chen Yujun at Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing
9 March–28 April 2019 Chen Yujun Chen Yujun Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Chi Qun, Rhythm—Chi Qun New Works 律—迟群新作展 at AYE Gallery, Beijing
10 March–10 May 2019 Chi Qun Rhythm—Chi Qun New Works 律—迟群新作展 AYE Gallery, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Richard Tuttle, Double Corners and Colored Wood at Pace Gallery, Beijing
16 March–27 April 2019 Richard Tuttle Double Corners and Colored Wood Pace Gallery, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Wang Xingwei, Shenyang Night 沈阳之夜 at Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing
21 March–31 May 2019 Wang Xingwei Shenyang Night 沈阳之夜 Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Wang Xingwei, The Code of Physiognomy 面相之谜 at Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing
21 March–12 May 2019 Wang Xingwei The Code of Physiognomy 面相之谜 Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Jiang Pengyi, Foresight at ShanghART, Beijing
18 May–6 July 2019 Jiang Pengyi Foresight ShanghART, Beijing

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Gallery Weekend Beijing 2019 Ocula Report Gallery Weekend Beijing 2019 29 Mar 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

Beyond the fanfare of a gallery weekend, there remains the perennial question: to what end does such an event serve a city? During this year's Gallery Weekend Beijing (22–29 March 2019), this question was raised during a snippet of the inaugural Beijing Art Summit (22–24 March 2019) on a chilly Saturday morning, staged at Ullens Center for...

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Amalia Ulman Ocula Conversation Amalia Ulman Artist

Amalia Ulman's recent solo exhibition in China, Privilege, was staged at the KWM artcenter in Beijing (22 March–19 May 2018). This comprehensive show took full advantage of the office context and the partition structures of the space, which is located on the second floor of the WFC centre in Beijing's CBD area (the centre is supported by the law...

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Local to Global: Gallery Weekend Beijing 2018 Ocula Report Local to Global: Gallery Weekend Beijing 2018 13 Apr 2018 : Bowen Li for Ocula

Gallery Weekend Beijing was first staged in 2017 on a number of premises, including the fact that Beijing needed an annual event with international appeal to maintain its place as an art destination after the rise of successful art fairs, and an increasing number of museums, in other regional cities like Shanghai and Hong Kong. As its title...

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Chang Yun-han Ocula Conversation Chang Yun-han Artist, Taiwan

Based in Taipei, artist Chang Yun-han frequently carries out 'local' critiques by describing the visible and the invisible, and dealing with complex and variable narrative structures related to the contexts in which she intervenes. A graduate from the National Taiwan University of Arts with a major in sculpture, Chang extends her sculptural...

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The Lowdown: shows to see during Gallery Weekend Beijing Ocula Report The Lowdown: shows to see during Gallery Weekend Beijing 16 Mar 2018 : Bowen Li for Ocula

To coincide with the second edition of Gallery Weekend Beijing, taking place between 23 and 30 March 2018, various institutions have brought out the big guns, including a list of international artists from Sarah Morris to Paul McCarthy. Galleries are also gearing up for the weekend, from Liu Wei showing at Long March Space, to Richard Deacon at...

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Ten Private Museums in China You Should Know Ocula Report Ten Private Museums in China You Should Know 3 Jul 2015 : Sam Gaskin for Ocula

China is building contemporary art museums at an unrivalled pace. Private companies and individuals increasingly have not only the means to establish these museums but also the know-how to keep them going, often to a higher standard than China’s public institutions. This report lists ten of the best private art museums in China (in no...

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Ai Weiwei Exhibitions in Beijing Ocula Photolog Ai Weiwei Exhibitions in Beijing 30 June 2015

Wang Jiaci was an ancestral temple of Ming age, taken as reference by all future dynasties, from Tang to Qing. Today, Wang Jiaci is the hub of Ai Weiwei’s monumental project, an ancient building which was disassembled into more than 1500 pieces and meticulously re-built inside two exhibitive areas: Galleria Continua and Tang Contemporary Art...

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Tim Marlow Ocula Conversation Tim Marlow Director Of Artistic Programmes, Royal Academy of Arts, London

On the 28th April 2014, Tim Marlow—who had directed exhibitions at White Cube since 2003—embarked on a new role as Director of Artistic Programmes at the Royal Academy of Arts (RA), a British institution of historical significance located in central London. Marlow is also an art historian, who has provided commentary on the contemporary...

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SPICES: XIE NANXING Related Press SPICES: XIE NANXING ArtAsiaPacific : 4 July 2018

On one of his now legendary ocean voyages in search of foreign and uncharted lands, Christopher Columbus once mistook a kind of Caribbean tree bark for a new spice. Centuries later, this anecdote inspired the title of Xie Nanxing's solo show at Beijing's Ullens Center for Contemporary Art. Xie is an explorer of a different sort—his 'Spice'...

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Liu Xiaodong Related Press Liu Xiaodong ArtReview : 6 June 2018

Just what is it that makes Liu Xiaodong's painting so different, so appealing? The fifty-year-old artist's work has been exhibited from Beijing (Hometown Boy at UCCA in 2011) to Graz (where The Process of Painting has just closed at Universalmuseum Joanneum); Parkett this month launched its 91st volume at Leo Koenig, New York, featuring editions by...

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CHEN CHIEH-JEN NAMED ARTIST OF THE YEAR AT 12TH AWARD OF ART CHINA Related Press CHEN CHIEH-JEN NAMED ARTIST OF THE YEAR AT 12TH AWARD OF ART CHINA ArtAsiaPacific : 23 May 2018

On May 21, Taiwanese artist and filmmaker Chen Chieh-jen received the prestigious Artist of the Year honor at the Award of Art China (AAC) ceremony in Beijing. In its 12th year, AAC is an annual award founded by Chinese art media group Artron, recognizing the best of contemporary art within Greater China. Chen was presented with a trophy for his...

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Nevergreen: Interview with Liu Chuang Related Press Nevergreen: Interview with Liu Chuang ArtAsiaPacific* : 23 November 2017

The story of how the dioecious poplar tree, rapid-growing and short-lived, was planted in China is one that is rarely thought about while one strolls through the abundantly green streets of Beijing. Native to sylvan North America, broad-leafed, column-structured poplars can grow up to ten feet per year, which makes it a valuable commodity for...

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“Cold Nights” at UCCA: curators Boliang Shen and Zhanglun Dai Related Press “Cold Nights” at UCCA: curators Boliang Shen and Zhanglun Dai Art Radar : 23 November 2017

Capitalist excess, a dysfunctional family, communication breakdown, and a widening gap between traditional and modern ideologies are some of the issues raised by modern Chinese writer Ba Jin in his 1947 novel Cold Nights. Although these problems persist in today's China, in fact in many societies around the world, they are set in an era of war and...

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US artist Dan Graham brings 'Greatest Hits' to China Related Press US artist Dan Graham brings 'Greatest Hits' to China Global Times : 15 November 2017

A total of more than 20 artworks, from videos to installation works, on display at Beijing's Red Brick Art Museum will give Chinese visitors a chance to look back at US artist Dan Graham's five-decade-long art career. Titled Greatest Hits, the exhibition will run until February 25, 2018.

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Critic’s Guide: Beijing Related Press Critic’s Guide: Beijing Frieze : 14 November 2017

From explorations into the varied meanings of 'Asia' to an uncomfortably personal solo show, highlights of the best shows across the cityDiscordant Harmony: Observations of Artistic Practices in East Asia at the Transition between the 1980s and 1990s, Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum, 4 November – 4 February 2018.Beijing is the final stop in a...

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Cheng Ran “Diary of a Madman” Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing Related Press Cheng Ran “Diary of a Madman” Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing Mousse Magazine : 18 October 2017

Harry Darrell: Could you please introduce our readers to the concept and the works behind the exhibition Diary of a Madman held at Galerie Urs Meile?Cheng Ran: The video Diary of a Madman examines the concept of "unknown territory" and "elsewhere," which is the starting point of the three chapters of the video. At the start, I...

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