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Emi Eu: ‘We have to look at Southeast Asia as one market’ Ocula Conversation Emi Eu: ‘We have to look at Southeast Asia as one market’ Stephanie Bailey, Singapore

STPI's Emi Eu reflects on S.E.A. Focus, an STPI project platforming artists and galleries from Southeast Asia, in the wake of Art Stage's decline in 2019 and ahead of the launch of Singapore's new art fair, Art SG, in October 2020.

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New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata: Shows to See Ocula Report New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata: Shows to See Kanika Anand, New Delhi

With India Art Fair set to open amid nationwide protests, Kanika Anand introduces shows in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata that express shifting socio-political identities, modes of resistance, and explorations of place-making.

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Images from Abroad: Lada Nakonechna at Galerie EIGEN + ART Ocula Insight Images from Abroad: Lada Nakonechna at Galerie EIGEN + ART Phoebe Blatton, Berlin

Images from abroad , Lada Nakonechna's solo exhibition at Galerie EIGEN + ART in Berlin, considers the barriers that exist between depictions of conflict and their viewers.

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Shanghai Art Guide

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Contemporary art exhibition, Zhu Xiaohe, Noises in Silence at Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai
11 January–7 March 2020 Zhu Xiaohe Noises in Silence Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Down the Rabbit Hole at Capsule Shanghai, Shanghai
11 January–14 February 2020 Group Exhibition Down the Rabbit Hole Capsule Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Brian Calvin, Sound at Almine Rech, Shanghai
10 January–29 February 2020 Brian Calvin Sound Almine Rech, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Christopher Le Brun, Diptychs at Lisson Gallery, Shanghai
6 November 2019–29 February 2020 Christopher Le Brun Diptychs Lisson Gallery, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Zhang Peili, The Annual Report of OCD 關於強迫症的年度報告 at Rén Space, Shanghai
6 November 2019–6 May 2020 Zhang Peili The Annual Report of OCD 關於強迫症的年度報告 Rén Space, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Jean-Michel Othoniel at Perrotin, Shanghai
5 November 2019–22 February 2020 Jean-Michel Othoniel Perrotin, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Mou Huan, Solo Exhibition at Leo Gallery, Shanghai
5 November 2019–22 February 2020 Mou Huan Solo Exhibition Leo Gallery, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Georges Mathieu, Georges Mathieu at Perrotin, Shanghai
13 March–23 May 2020 Georges Mathieu Perrotin, Shanghai

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Zhang Ding’s High-Speed Forms at OCAT Shanghai Ocula Insight Zhang Ding’s High-Speed Forms at OCAT Shanghai Sam Gaskin, Shanghai

Modified mobility scooters steer viewers down a simulated highway in High-Speed Forms , Zhang Ding 's solo show at the new OCAT Shanghai in Sunken Garden, a short walk from its previous location north of Suzhou Creek (19 October 2019–8 March 2020). Sat in self-driving chairs, which make turns by reading reflective stickers on the ground,...

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ART021 Shanghai 2019 Ocula Photolog ART021 Shanghai 2019

'As one of the most important contemporary art fairs in Asia, ART021 reinforces its ongoing commitment to leveraging local recourses with a global perspective, supporting contemporary Chinese art andcultivating new generations of domestic collectors. 111 world's leading galleries from 18 countries and 57 cities are selected to present contemporary...

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West Bund Art & Design 2019 Ocula Photolog West Bund Art & Design 2019

'The fair provides a platform for international exhibitors to showcase the finest quality of modern and contemporary art in Shanghai. With exhibitions and art events offered by museums and galleries in the city, West Bund has made November's Shanghai a permanent fixture on the global art calendar.' –West Bund Art & Design, Shanghai (7–10...

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Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global Ocula Conversation Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global Sam Gaskin, Shanghai

French gallerist Almine Rech-Picasso opened her first space in Asia on Shanghai 's historic Bund in July this year, bringing her eponymous gallery's total locations to five. The Shanghai gallery occupies roughly 4,000 square feet on the second floor of the three-storey Amber Building, a beautiful warehouse space, originally occupied by the...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Sherry Paik

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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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Penny Liu, Shanghai

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22...

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Matthew Day Jackson Ocula Conversation Matthew Day Jackson Diana d’Arenberg, Shanghai

A charred and reflective post-apocalyptic scene looms large in the entrance to Qiao Space in Shanghai . On a sheet of mirror, a cone-shaped architectural structure is etched on the surface, referencing Pieter Bruegel the Elder's The Tower of Babel (1563), rising like a utopian Brigadoon out of the ashes of a scorched recomposed landscape....

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Cuauhtémoc Medina Ocula Conversation Cuauhtémoc Medina Diana d’Arenberg, Shanghai

Launched in 1996 and now in its twelfth edition, the Shanghai Biennale is the longest-running biennial in China, presented at the Power Station of Art, China's only government-funded art space in a landscape dominated by private museums. This year's edition (10 November 2018–10 March 2019), curated by Mexican-born Cuauhtémoc Medina, brings...

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Tobias Rehberger ‘If You Don’t Use Your Eyes To See  You Will Use Them To Cry’ RAM Shanghai Related Press Tobias Rehberger ‘If You Don’t Use Your Eyes To See You Will Use Them To Cry’ RAM Shanghai 2 May 2019, Ran Dian

Have a butchers. It's Cockney Rhyming slang: 'butcher's hook' = have a look. Hung on RAM's façade is a neon sign melding the Chinese and English words for butcher. Inside is the butchery, a tiled black and white jagged-stripy Delicatessen counter with a generous array of cold cuts and jellied offal (Blackbird's Rockbund Art Museum Butcher Shop,...

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SCRIPTS, TRACES, AND THE UNPREDICTABLE Related Press SCRIPTS, TRACES, AND THE UNPREDICTABLE 1 March 2019, Art Asia Pacific

Alone on an islet of sand, cut off by the incoming tide, a small girl looks out to sea, her back to the viewer. This photograph by Tang Nannan, Unknown Beach No. 40 (2017), evokes the Chinese idiom wàngyáng xīngtàn. Literally meaning 'to sigh as one watches the ocean,' the phrase suggests that all ambitions and achievements are brought down to...

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TAKASHI MURAKAMI IN WONDERLAND Related Press TAKASHI MURAKAMI IN WONDERLAND 29 January 2019, ArtAsiaPacific

Takashi Murakami in Wonderland was Murakami's first solo show in mainland China and Perrotin's second exhibition in its posh 1,200-square-meter Shanghai space. According to Perrotin's press release, it was also the artist's largest gallery show in Asia to date, featuring recent and new works specially created for the occasion. At the gallery's...

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How Louise Bourgeois Investigated the Power of Materials Related Press How Louise Bourgeois Investigated the Power of Materials 26 November 2018, Frieze

I have always liked that Louise Bourgeois was born on Christmas Day. Something about this feels exactly right. And, while the artist's birthday might seem a trivial detail, infrequently cited in scholarly discussions on her complex life, The Eternal Thread , her first large-scale museum exhibition in China, is nothing less than a gift – and a...

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Melati Suryodarmo: Timoribus at Shanghart, Singapore Related Press Melati Suryodarmo: Timoribus at Shanghart, Singapore 4 July 2018, ArtReview Asia

Melati Suryodarmo's greatest asset is her Javanese dance- and butoh-trained body, the limits of which she explores in durational performances. The latter range from full-sprint displays of power (as in her best-known work, Exegie - Butter Dance , 2000, in which she dances and skids on blocks of butter), to periods of deep meditative surrender (in...

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I LOVE YOU: MELATI SURYODARMO Related Press I LOVE YOU: MELATI SURYODARMO 4 July 2018, ArtAsiaPacific

For acclaimed Indonesian performance artist Melati Suryodarmo’s first comprehensive solo exhibition in China, hosted at ShanghArt Beijing, she offered a group of works that represent her two-pronged practice, which comprises photography and durational performance art—the latter being her key pursuit, and the main focus of the show. The...

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LIVING ROOM: LIN SHAN Related Press LIVING ROOM: LIN SHAN 4 July 2018, ArtAsiaPacific

ShanghART's gallery at M50 is an awkward shape, on a mezzanine with a high celling, accessed via concrete stairs—there is nothing remotely homely about it. Under subdued lighting, Lin Shan's Living Room represented less a place than an uneasy atmosphere.

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Zhang Enli. Colourful Tower, The Bridge 8, Shanghai, 2017 Related Video & Audio Zhang Enli. Colourful Tower, The Bridge 8, Shanghai, 2017 15 January 2018, Hauser & Wirth

Zhang Enli talks about his three-dimensional painting Colourful Tower , at Bridge 8, Shanghai, in November 2017. Influenced traditional Chinese brush painting, Zhang’s unique approach to abstraction explores the deceptively poetic aspects of everyday contemporary life.

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Mainland China's most glamorous city lagged well behind Beijing during China's contemporary art boom in the 1990s and 2000s. Over the past decade, however, Shanghai has taken the lead, thanks in large part to the arrival of world-class museums from one end of the city to the other along the Huangpu River.

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Each of Shanghai's museums has its own unique architecture adapted from a past life. There's the beautiful Rockbund Art Museum (RAM), for instance, housed in the former Royal Asiatic Society building, which was established in 1932. And then there's the public Power Station of Art, once a working power station (a fact given away by its name and towering chimney) and now home to the Shanghai Biennale.

Following the barges further upstream brings visitors to three museums established by private collectors: Wang Wei and Liu Yiqian's Long Museum, identified by the huge coal hoppers outside; Chinese-Indonesian collector Budi Tek's Yuz Museum, housed in former aircraft hangars and specialising in jaw-dropping kinetic and large-scale pieces; and karaoke magnate Qiao Zhibing's newly established Tank Shanghai, located in repurposed fuel silos.

On the Bund proper, where early-20th-century architecture—including RAM's building—lends some old-world charm, are blue chip galleries such as Lisson Gallery, Perrotin, and Pearl Lam Galleries. The city's other leading commercial galleries, including ShanghART, MadeIn Gallery, AIKE, Edouard Malingue Gallery, and Arario Gallery are now clustered together in the West Bund.

The West Bund is also where mainland China's leading art fair, West Bund Art & Design, takes place each November. ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair and PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai are the city's other big fairs, both of which have helped cultivate an ambitious new generation of Chinese collectors at events that take place in the palatial Shanghai Exhibition Centre.

Among other art spaces worth seeking out are chi K11 art museum, a generously sized contemporary art space beneath art patron Adrian Cheng's K11 shopping mall; OCAT, which specialises in video and new media art in a space on Suzhou Creek; and four local galleries that continue to punch above their weight: M97, Art Labor, BANK Gallery, and am art space, all of which are located in Jing'an.

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