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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, Roman Ondak, Perfect Society at Esther Schipper, Berlin
13 September–26 October 2019 Roman Ondak Perfect Society Esther Schipper, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Iulia Nistor, The Revenge of the Given at Galeria Plan B, Berlin
13 September–9 November 2019 Iulia Nistor The Revenge of the Given Galeria Plan B, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Anne Imhof, Imagine at Galerie Buchholz, Berlin
13 September–26 October 2019 Anne Imhof Imagine Galerie Buchholz, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Imi Knoebel, IMI KNOEBEL. dass die Geschichte zusammenbleibt at KEWENIG, Berlin
13 September–9 November 2019 Imi Knoebel IMI KNOEBEL. dass die Geschichte zusammenbleibt KEWENIG, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Hanne Darboven, Erdkunde und (Süd-) Koreanischer Kalender at Sprüth Magers, Berlin
12 September–21 December 2019 Hanne Darboven Erdkunde und (Süd-) Koreanischer Kalender Sprüth Magers, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Ryan Trecartin, Re'Search Wait’S at Sprüth Magers, Berlin
12 September–21 December 2019 Ryan Trecartin Re'Search Wait’S Sprüth Magers, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Idris Khan, Quartet at Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
7 September–19 October 2019 Idris Khan Quartet Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Martin Disler, Häutung und Tanz / Shedding of Skin and Dance at Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
6 September–26 October 2019 Martin Disler Häutung und Tanz / Shedding of Skin and Dance Buchmann Galerie, Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Isaac Chong Wai, What is the future in the past? And what is the past in the future? at Zilberman Gallery, Berlin
5 September–9 November 2019 Isaac Chong Wai What is the future in the past? And what is the past in the future? Zilberman Gallery, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Aitor Ortiz, Expanded Photography 2002–2019 at Galerie Springer, Berlin
28 September 2019–11 January 2020 Aitor Ortiz Expanded Photography 2002–2019 Galerie Springer, Berlin

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Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung Ocula Conversation Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung

Curator Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung has been living on and off in Berlin since 1997, where he founded the self-organised art institution SAVVY Contemporary—The Laboratory of Form-Ideas in 2009. Early exhibitions include Understatement/Hyperbole (13 February–13 March 2010), with works by Soavina Ramaroson and Petra Lottje; Arctic Heat...

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Xi Bei Ocula Conversation Xi Bei Artistic Director, Times Art Center Berlin

Times Art Center Berlin is a non-profit art institution located in the Potsdamer Strasse Art District of Berlin. It was founded in July 2018 by the Guangdong Times Museum, a non-profit private art museum in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region of China, making this the first parallel institution founded overseas by an Asia-based art museum. Its...

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Beatriz González at KW Institute for Contemporary Art: In Focus Ocula Report Beatriz González at KW Institute for Contemporary Art: In Focus 14 Dec 2018 : Pia Chakraverti-Wuerthwein for Ocula

Retrospective 1965–2017, Beatriz González's exhibition at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin (13 October 2018–6 January 2019), presents a selection of 120 works that bear witness to Colombia's political and social upheavals of the last 50 years. Throughout, the link between González's practice and the sociopolitical context it references...

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10th Berlin Biennale: ‘Let’s be clear; we are at war’ Ocula Report 10th Berlin Biennale: ‘Let’s be clear; we are at war’ 22 Jun 2018 : Mohammad Salemy for Ocula

'Let's be clear; we are at war.' These were Gabi Ngcobo's defiant words at the press conference for the tenth edition of the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, which she curated: We don't need another hero (9 June–9 September 2018). This militant theme was highlighted by designer Maziyar Pahlevan, through the incorporation of dazzle camouflage...

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Gabi Ngcobo Ocula Conversation Gabi Ngcobo Curator, 10th Berlin Biennale

To those familiar with the work of artist and curator Gabi Ngcobo, it is not surprising that We don't need another hero, the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (9 June–9 September 2018), resisted the desire for a single heroic conclusion. As the exhibition's curator, Ngcobo sought to create a 'multi-layered referential space' with its own...

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Arthur Jafa at Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin: Viewpoint Ocula Report Arthur Jafa at Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin: Viewpoint 17 May 2018 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

Arthur Jafa is a brilliant filmmaker, cinematographer and artist, whose practice is concerned with identifying and developing a specifically Black visual aesthetic. His work tackles the complexity of African-American cultural identity, as defined by an existential paradox that places the Black subject 'in essential intimacy with death', as Saidiya...

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Berlin’s Gallery Weekend: Body Conscious Ocula Report Berlin’s Gallery Weekend: Body Conscious 4 May 2018 : Mitch Speed for Ocula

What do you need, in order to arrange a perfect storm of an artistic encounter, like Gallery Weekend Berlin (27–29 April 2018)? Galleries and a weekend, that much is obvious; but it's the next question that gets me. How does this Gallery Weekend differ from the other 50-odd weekends when art is exhibited throughout the year, in any given place?The...

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The Lowdown: shows to see during Gallery Weekend Berlin Ocula Report The Lowdown: shows to see during Gallery Weekend Berlin 20 Apr 2018 : Phoebe Blatton for Ocula

Gallery Weekend Berlin is a long-established highlight in the German art world's calendar. This year, the fourteenth edition takes place from 27 to 29 April, and features no less than 47 participating galleries showcasing emerging talent alongside established names. With many other exhibitions and events taking place across one of Europe's most...

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The Black Image Corporation: An Identity Archive Related Press The Black Image Corporation: An Identity Archive Berlin Art Link : 27 May 2019

Behind the grand wrought-iron doors of Gropius Bau's first floor gallery, Chicago artist Theaster Gates presents the legacy of Johnson Publishing Company in an archival photo exhibition honouring the power behind images of black female beauty and culture in post-war America.

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Jonathan Lasker, 'Recent Paintings', 2019 Related Video & Audio Jonathan Lasker, 'Recent Paintings', 2019 Galerie Thomas Schulte : 26 April 2019

Ahead of his upcoming show Recent Paintings at Galerie Thomas Schulte, Jonathan Lasker discusses the process of his paintings in his New York studio.

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Julia Scher at Esther Schipper Related Press Julia Scher at Esther Schipper Art in America : 1 April 2019

We willfully engage in acts of self-surveillance, argues communications scholar Sun-ha Hong, as the result of a certain 'technological fantasy ... that machines will know us better than we know ourselves, [demonstrating] a kind of "knowing" that embraces modernity's epistemic virtues of accuracy and objectivity.'

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John Bock’s Journey Through Alternate Perceptions Related Press John Bock’s Journey Through Alternate Perceptions Berlin Art Link : 8 January 2019

John Bock’s solo exhibition Unheil blurs these boundaries of perception, first with his film Unheil (Mischief) and then with his installation, which throws us into the setting of the film and further opens the convoluted space of truth and fiction.

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Louise Bourgeois’s “The Empty House” Related Press Louise Bourgeois’s “The Empty House” Art Agenda : 5 July 2018

It's intimidating to review the work of an artist the stature of Louise Bourgeois, about whom so much has been written, to whom so much has been ascribed. Bourgeois's life spanned nearly the entire twentieth century and helped redefine what a (feminist) artistic practice can be, how art can intertwine with life.

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'We Had to Create Something New': Klaus Biesenbach on Inventing the Berlin Biennale Related Press 'We Had to Create Something New': Klaus Biesenbach on Inventing the Berlin Biennale ARTnews : 7 June 2018

Many of the art spaces in early '90s Berlin were located in vacant, abandoned, often ruined buildings that artists had taken over. Artists were running studio collectives and co-ops, outfitting surprising storefronts, and creating nightclubs and music programs. One very influential artist for me was Daniel Pflumm, who was organizing the...

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In the Studio  Secundino Hernandez Related Press In the Studio Secundino Hernandez Collectors Agenda : 30 November 2017

When searching for painters who are making their mark at the moment it is almost impossible to overlook the Spanish artist Secundino Hernandez who splits his time between Berlin and Madrid. Over the last years, his direct approach to painting has made a strong impression on collectors. He is creating canvases with a powerful presence of physical...

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Working on history: Contemporary Chinese Photography and the Chinese Revolution Related Press Working on history: Contemporary Chinese Photography and the Chinese Revolution ArtAsiaPacific* : 2 November 2017

The group show Working on History at Museum für Fotografie (Museum for Photography) in Berlin was an ambitious undertaking that examined 20th-century history, particularly that of China, through the photographic lens. With a stunning assemblage of 18 artists and helmed by renowned museum director Ludger Derenthal, CAFAM director Wang Huangshen and...

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About Berlin

The culturally rich city of Berlin is crawling with art museums, galleries, and alternative spaces. Notable private collections of international contemporary art include the Boros Collection, consisting of works by artists such as Olafur Eliasson, Danh Vō, and Sarah Lucas, housed in a former bunker and the Julia Stoschek Collection, which focuses on time-based works by artists such as Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Barbara Hammer, and Arthur Jafa.

One of the better-known museums for contemporary art is the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, founded in the 1990s by a group that included Klaus Biesenbach, currently the Director of MOCA Los Angeles. Without a permanent collection, the KW Institute showcases eclectic exhibitions and programs that respond to social and political issues. In 1998, it partnered with the inaugural Berlin Biennale and continues to be a key venue for the Biennale. Like the KW Institute, the Biennale is known for its alternative, critical, and radical (often anti-institutional) ethos.

For a more traditional museum experience featuring antiquities classics, visit the Pergamonmuseum, which was built between 1910 and 1930. The museum is divided into three collections: the Antikensammlung (Collection of Classical Antiquities), the Vorderasiatisches Museum (Museum of the Ancient Near East), and the Museum für Islamische Kunst (Museum of Islamic Art). Works in the Museum of Islamic Art date from the 7th to the 19th century.

The Alte Nationalgalerie, which offers Neoclassical, Romantic, Impressionist, and Modernist works, is part of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. It is located on a UNESCO World Heritage site known as the Museumsinsel (Museum Island), which is home to other museums including the Pergamonmuseum and the Bode-Museum, the latter of which hosts a fantastic collection of ancient sculptures and Byzantine Art.

Outside of alternative spaces, private collections, and Museum Island, it is imperative to go gallery-hopping in one of the most exciting cities for dealer galleries. Favourites and international stars include Sprüth Magers, Peres Projects, and Tanya Leighton. A city known for its artist population and non-normative art venues, Berlin is constantly in flux.

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