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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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Contemporary art exhibition, Sosa Joseph, Matthew Krishanu, New Figurations at Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai
14 November–28 December 2019 Sosa Joseph, Matthew Krishanu New Figurations Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai
Contemporary art exhibition, P. R. Satheesh, FRENETIC at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
23 October–31 December 2019 P. R. Satheesh FRENETIC Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai

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Picks Of Art Basel Hk 2014 Ocula Report Picks Of Art Basel Hk 2014 10 May 2014 : Diana d'Arenberg for Ocula

Art Basel HK 2014 is on our doorstep, and this year’s programme is even heftier and more exciting than the last. Invites are flooding in one after and another and you’re double booking yourself every night. But what to attend? Where are the great parties and interesting exhibitions? And where will Kate Moss be? Well, fret no more....

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And So, Frieze: A Report From Frieze London Ocula Report And So, Frieze: A Report From Frieze London 23 Oct 2013 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

It was all about change at Frieze London this year. There was more space – everyone made note of that, a result of the fair’s decision to reduce the number of exhibiting galleries to 153 in 2013 – some 25 less than in 2012.  And in terms of works, things were notably less bling than in previous years, though Gagosian was...

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Stephen Mccoubrey Ocula Conversation Stephen Mccoubrey Co-curator, UBS Art Collection, London

With an extraordinary collection of paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures and video by some of the world’s major artists from 1960 onwards, UBS is recognized as having one of the most important corporate collections of contemporary art in the world.  Stephen McCoubrey has been co-curator of that collection since 1999 and is...

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RELATIVE VALUE: THE FIRST COUPLE OF BARODA Related Press RELATIVE VALUE: THE FIRST COUPLE OF BARODA Mumbai Mirror : 3 December 2017

Last month saw the opening of the veteran artist Nilima Sheikh's Terrain: Carrying Across, Leaving Behind at Chemould Prescott Road in Fort. The exhibition comprises a single body of work — sixteen paper scrolls mounted on cloth, painted in casein tempera, and enclosing an octagonal space. 'Inscribed in these panels are stories from folklore...

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A house with many windows Related Press A house with many windows The Hindu : 1 December 2017

Through her latest work, Terrain: Carrying Across, Leaving Behind, artist Nilima Sheikh offers the viewer a space—an enclosure that she describes as 'meditative yet vulnerable'. This single body of work, especially created for the Documenta 14 exhibition, held earlier this year in Kassel, Germany, is an eight panel retro verso structure (with...

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Nilima Sheikh uses textual codes to convey the interiority of her life on canvas Related Press Nilima Sheikh uses textual codes to convey the interiority of her life on canvas Architectural Digest : 30 November 2017

Nilima Sheikh's exhibition Terrain: Carrying Across, Leaving Behind at Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai is a summation of the artist's brilliance. She combines art historical references and simple narratives as she inscribes in her panels stories from folklore to present times.

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Anonymity of loss Related Press Anonymity of loss Livemint : 25 November 2017

Migration, simply put, is relocation to a distant place. People relocate to another city for better opportunities, or to a foreign land in search of a better life. It could be voluntary. It could be forced. But it is displacement nevertheless. Artist Nilima Sheikh is showcasing Terrain: Carrying Across, Leaving Behind at the Chemould Prescott Road...

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Kaushik Saha at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke Related Press Kaushik Saha at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation Blog : 6 October 2017

Kaushik's generation (he was born in 1989) has been hit rather hard with a number of dilemmas. Born at a time when the old certainties of the bi-polar world were giving way to a unipolar world he grew up in a society that was enmeshed in a mind numbing cacophony produced by the ease of telecommunication, internet proliferation, electronic media...

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Mapping Memories: Madhvi Subrahmanian Related Press Mapping Memories: Madhvi Subrahmanian Big Art : 22 September 2017

Singapore based Madhvi Subrahmanian primarily is a clay-based artist who renders her experiences and expressions through clay and ceramic installations. Not willing to be bound to just one medium, she engages with various forms of interactive installation artworks. Her distinct approach towards art is that which fuses traditional eastern techniques...

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How to Inhabit Your Skin | Conversation between Gieve Patel and Ranjit Hoskote Related Press How to Inhabit Your Skin | Conversation between Gieve Patel and Ranjit Hoskote YouTube : 26 August 2017

Gieve Patel's recent exhibition of paintings, Footboard Rider at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai (2017), carries forward his lifelong preoccupations with the marginal figure, the intimations of the transcendental conveyed by the experience of looking at clouds or into wells, and the conditions of extremity and vulnerability attendant on...

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Speaking out: An interview with Navjot Altaf Related Press Speaking out: An interview with Navjot Altaf Frieze : 21 November 2016

Since the late 1980s, the work of Navjot Altaf has fuelled some of the most energetic conversations in contemporary Indian art. In 1998, despite a thriving practice of painting and sculpture, she relocated from Mumbai to Kondagaon town in the tribal region of Bastar, Chhattisgarh, central India; since then, she has produced artworks around gender,...

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About Mumbai

The art ecosystem of the bustling city of Mumbai is extremely diverse, from UNESCO-awarded sites undertaking restoration processes to experimental art labs that champion a younger generation of artists.

For architectural gems and historical decorative arts, visit the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, previously known as the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India. Housed in a building completed in 1914, the museum is known for its Indo-Saracenic architectural style that mixes Hindu, Saracenic, and (some) Western architectural elements. The museum is also known for its sculptures, Indian miniature paintings, European paintings, porcelain and ivory from China and Japan within its collection of an estimated 50,000 artefacts.

The oldest museum in Mumbai is the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, formerly known as the Victoria and Albert Museum. Founded in 1855, the museum was opened to the public in 1857. Its collection consists of fine and decorative arts of the 18th through 20th centuries, including rare books, photographs, models, costumes, and, perhaps most significantly, a 17th-century manuscript of famed Arab poet Hatim Tai.

The National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) remains one of the key cornerstones of contemporary art in India. Previously a public hall, the gallery was established in 1996 as part of a restructuring that made way for five exhibition spaces, a lecture auditorium, a library, and cafeteria. NGMA exhibitions focus on artists of the region such as Amrita Sher-Gil, with a collection that dates back to 1857 and encompasses the visual and plastic arts.

For more experimental art, non-profit organisation Mumbai Art Room is dedicated to the contemporary arts, design, and visual cultural both in India and globally. Highly invested in emerging artists, Mumbai Art Room emphasises both accessibility and innovation in the arts. The gallery features a Curatorial Lab, and its programming is a key asset for young contemporary artists in India. Other galleries of note with a less experimental focus include Jhaveri Contemporary, Akara Art, Chatterjee & Lal, and Jehangir Art Gallery.mumbai

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