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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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Chengdu

China

Current Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Li Lang, A Long Day of A Certain Year 某年某月某日 at A Thousand Plateaus Art Space, Chengdu
21 September–21 November 2019 Li Lang A Long Day of A Certain Year 某年某月某日 A Thousand Plateaus Art Space, Chengdu

Galleries In Chengdu

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Hong Kong photo exhibition tells story of Chinese city of Yantai Related Press Hong Kong photo exhibition tells story of Chinese city of Yantai South China Morning Post : 14 May 2015

Photographer Zhang Xiao's fondest childhood memory of his hometown, Yantai City in Shandong province, is of the carefree times he spent hanging out with his friends, catching fishes and bugs up the hill near the small village in which he grew up.But ever since he left home at age 20 to study architecture and design at Yantai University...

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Recent Events

Contemporary art exhibition, Art Chengdu 2018 at Ocula Advisory, London
25–27 Apr 2018 Art Chengdu 2018

About Chengdu

Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province and one of the most populous cities in Western China. While it is not the most developed market for contemporary art, Chengdu's art scene is vibrant and, with Yunnan to the south and Tibet to the west, uniquely inflected by the region's ethnic and religious minorities. The city is also home to many of the graduates of the esteemed Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in nearby Chongqing.

Chengdu's pre-eminent gallery, A Thousand Plateaus Art Space, was founded in 2007 and champions local artists including Chen Qiulin and He Duoling, the latter of whom opened his own eponymous museum in 2018. A Thousand Plateaus is the only gallery in the region to regularly take part in major international art fairs including Art Basel in Hong Kong.

The city also has its own art fair, the Art Chengdu International Contemporary Art Fair, which was established by collector Huang Yu and art advisor Huang Zai and first held in April 2018. The event has drawn major galleries from the region and beyond, with Boers-Li Gallery, Galerie Urs Meile, and Sadie Coles HQ among the 31 participants in the inaugural edition.

Other notable galleries in Chengdu include K.Gallery, multi-functional space Yiiie Gallery, and Hello Space, whose Chinese name is a pun for 'black snail'.

The city's leading public institutions include Chengdu MOCA, the Wuhou Shrine Museum, and the Sichuan Art Museum, which displays both ancient and contemporary art. Private museums that make the most of Chengdu's natural environs include the Blue Roof Museum, which borders wetlands home to egrets; the 3,500-square-metre Luxelakes*A4 Art Museum (formerly A4 Contemporary Arts Center), which overlooks a manmade lake in an eco-city; and the Zhi Art Museum, a striking building designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and located at the foot of Laojun Mountain.

Independent art spaces include book store and cultural space Fang Suo Commune and Xi Cun Art Space—an art mall offering affordable works to a broad audience.

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