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4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life Ocula Report 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life 15 Feb 2019 : Natalie King for Ocula

'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...

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Ellen Altfest Ocula Conversation Ellen Altfest

The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...

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Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance Ocula Report Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance 8 Feb 2019 : Nada Raza for Ocula

On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, All the World's A Stage at Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam
9 February–2 March 2019 Group Exhibition All the World's A Stage Reflex Amsterdam

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On occasion of our new exhibition, 'Iris Schomaker: Walking the Line', a new episode of 'IN CONVERSATION WITH...' has been released.In this interview Iris Schomaker opens up about her artistic practice, process and the mysterious inhabitants of her work, discussing the development of her work since her last exhibition at Reflex Amsterdam in...

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IN CONVERSATION WITH... Todd Hido: Bright Black World - REFLEX Amsterdam Related Video & Audio IN CONVERSATION WITH... Todd Hido: Bright Black World - REFLEX Amsterdam REFLEX Amsterdam : 26 September 2018

REFLEX Amsterdam is thrilled to present Bright Black World, a new exhibition by the celebrated American photographer Todd Hido. In this video, the star of the exhibition touches upon how he got into photography and what inspires him and his work.For the past three years, Todd Hido has been working on the series Bright Black World. This profoundly...

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GÜNTHER FÖRG: A FRAGILE BEAUTY Related Video & Audio GÜNTHER FÖRG: A FRAGILE BEAUTY Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam : 25 June 2018

The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents a major survey of the work of German artist Günther Förg (1952–2013). 'A Fragile Beauty' explores the work of a rebellious artist whose oeuvre embodies a critical, witty, yet rigorous and penetrating critique of the canon of modern art.

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Nalini Malani - Transgressions Related Video & Audio Nalini Malani - Transgressions Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam : 23 May 2017
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The best of Amsterdam Art Weekend Related Press The best of Amsterdam Art Weekend The Art Newspaper : 5 December 2016

An intricately-detailed ten-part vision of environmental disaster by the New York-based artist Dustin Yellin is on display for the first time at Grimm gallery in Amsterdam (until 7 January). The 20-ft work shows a tidal wave unleashed by melting ice caps sweeping away people, animals, art and buildings. The apocalyptic landscape consists of...

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Ai Weiwei's '#SafePassage' surveys global refugee crises at Foam Amsterdam Related Press Ai Weiwei's '#SafePassage' surveys global refugee crises at Foam Amsterdam Wallpaper* : 27 September 2016

Activist-artist Ai Weiwei is known as much for his differences of opinion with the Chinese government as for his art, and says that having left his homeland he feels empathy with the mass of refugees attempting to find a new life in the EU. ‘There are different kinds of refugee. You can be refugee by fear, by operations; it’s a...

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German collector Thomas Borgmann bolsters Stedelijk Museum's contemporary art collection with 600-strong donation Related Press German collector Thomas Borgmann bolsters Stedelijk Museum's contemporary art collection with 600-strong donation The Art Newspaper : 5 July 2016

The German collector Thomas Borgmann has donated more than 600 works by artists such as Wolfgang Tillmans, Paulina Olowska, Cosima von Bonin and Cerith Wyn Evans to the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, a move that 'augments on an international scale [our] holdings of contemporary art', museum officials say.

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About Amsterdam

Once home to the likes of Rembrandt and Van Gogh, Amsterdam remains one of the most exciting places to encounter art. The prestigious Stedelijk Museum—established in 1874 by a group of Amsterdam residents—continues to stand as the Netherlands' leading institution to showcase modern and contemporary art. Its impressive collection holds the works of late-19th and early-20th-century giants in art history—Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso and Chagall—and of postwar household names such as Willem de Kooning, Barnett Newman, Donald Judd, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. Responsible for exhibiting the forerunners of contemporary art, the Stedelijk has organised major solo shows of Mike Kelley, Marlene Dumas and Lily van der Stokker, among others.

For enthusiasts of film and photography, EYE Filmmuseum and Foam are must-visit destinations in Amsterdam. Sometimes called 'the cinematic memory of the Netherlands', EYE houses the ever-growing collection of more than 40,000 films (both Dutch and international) in all genres. EYE is also acclaimed for its vast archive of posters and photographs, and expertise in film restoration, research and education. Located in one of the city's historic canal houses, Foam is a museum of contemporary photography devoted to promoting emerging and established talents. Among its international stars are August Sander, Diane Arbus and Richard Avedon, as well as the Netherlands' own Rineke Dijkstra, Erwin Olaf and Anton Corbijn.

In addition to its prestigious institutions, the city's galleries have made lasting contributions to Amsterdam's reputation as an international hub of contemporary art. Since its establishment in 2000, Annet Gelink Gallery has closely followed the latest tendencies and developments in the visual arts, championing leading Dutch artists Erik van Lieshout, Ed van der Elsken and Maria Barnas. Upstream Gallery—founded in 2003 and recently moved to a 17th-century canal house—is renowned for its experimental exhibitions and maverick artists. For a brief but concentrated experience of the Amsterdam contemporary art scene, one might benefit from the Amsterdam Art Weekend—an annual four-day event in November that is organised by major institutions and galleries in the city and transforms the area into a festival of exhibitions, performances, lectures and tours committed to contemporary art.

In 2013, two of Amsterdam's most celebrated historical museums have reopened after major refurbishments. The Rijksmuseum holds the Netherlands' largest collection of art and art objects, ranging from 500 years of Dutch painting to centuries-old costumes and delftware. At its heart, however, lies the works of the Dutch Golden Age Masters: 40 Rembrandts and four Vermeers, as well as paintings by Frans Hals, Jan Steen and Ferdinand Bol. The museum collection also extends beyond Europe, with nearly 8,000 objects from the Asian region. Second only to the Rijksmuseum in popularity, the Van Gogh Museum holds more than 200 paintings and 500 drawings of the internationally beloved painter and works by his contemporaries.

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