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Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’ Ocula Conversation Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’

A group of voices accompanies me in the exhibition. They are singing words I cannot comprehend, yet the warm tunes are familiar: folk songs, love songs, songs of longing. There are letters, too. They speak of the quotidian details of a soldier's life: the hardness of the war, sending money to the family, and longing for familiar landscapes, food,...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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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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Cosmoscow brings a new milieu of Russian collectors into stark relief Ocula Report Cosmoscow brings a new milieu of Russian collectors into stark relief 21 Sep 2016 : Anna Kats for Ocula

The most memorable conversation I had during the Cosmoscow international contemporary art fair, which opened on 9 September and ran through the weekend, was with a cab driver in the early hours of the morning after the preview soiree on 8 September. Like so many Muscovites, Arshak originally hailed from a peripheral republic of the former Soviet...

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Juergen Teller captures football fans as World Cup frenzy reaches fever pitch Related Press Juergen Teller captures football fans as World Cup frenzy reaches fever pitch Wallpaper* : 14 June 2018

Juergen Teller's new exhibition Zittern auf dem Sofa, which recently launched in Moscow to coincide with the 2018 FIFA World Cup, translates as trembling on the sofa. For those who don't genuflect to the God of football, Teller's title might seem a little over the top. How could men kicking a ball insight such an overwhelming physical response? Can...

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Public art by Björk, JR, and Yoko Ono comes to Moscow Related Press Public art by Björk, JR, and Yoko Ono comes to Moscow The Creators Project : 24 September 2016

Most New Yorkers think of Times Square as a barren consumerist wasteland, but one incredible thing does happen there: by turning creators loose on the world’s most famous intersection, Times Square Arts turns it into a gigantic public platform for contemporary performance and visual arts. It’s one of the highest-profile public arts...

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Urs Fischer at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art / Moscow Related Press Urs Fischer at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art / Moscow Flash Art : 18 August 2016

While it’s easy to be glib about a practice that’s neither conceptual nor critical, one wonders if a museum can also be home to less complicated pleasures: a ludic approach to space and matter, a visceral feel for what’s interesting, a sense of style. I guess it depends on what you’re into. In Moscow, Garage wants to create...

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'H Y P E R C O N N E C T E D' at Moscow Museum of Modern Art
 Related Press 'H Y P E R C O N N E C T E D' at Moscow Museum of Modern Art
 Mousse Contemporary : 11 August 2016

In the current period of accelerated motion our minds and bodies move, change and adapt to the settings and networks we navigate daily.We shape-shift while opening windows, closing folders and browsing through reflecting surfaces; soft borders permanently redefining our identities. As a consequence, any hypothetical separation between nature...

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Garage opens Russia’s most extensive programme for disabled visitors Related Press Garage opens Russia’s most extensive programme for disabled visitors The Art Newspaper : 4 July 2016

A new initiative at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow aims to make the institution more hospitable to disabled visitors (Co-thinkers, 7 June-9 September). The programme is uncharted territory for Russia, where disabled people have historically lacked equal access to cultural institutions and disabled children have been shut out of...

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Moscow’s Garage Museum launches Russian art triennial Related Press Moscow’s Garage Museum launches Russian art triennial The Art Newspaper : 17 June 2016

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art announced on Thursday, 9 June that it will launch a triennial contemporary art exhibition next spring. Dubbing the show “the first triennial dedicated to Russian art”, the exhibition is due to feature work made in the last five years by artists from across Russia.

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Taryn Simon at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow Related Press Taryn Simon at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow Blouin Art Info : 14 May 2016

This exhibition brings together two recent bodies of taxonomic work by New York–based Simon—Paperwork, and the Will of Capital (2015) and Black Square (2006–ongoing)—each comprising a series of photographs and a single accompanying sculpture.

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Louise Bourgeois's psychological turmoil in cells Related Press Louise Bourgeois's psychological turmoil in cells Interview Magazine : 21 October 2015

As an artist, Louise Bourgeois was guided by tenets of psychoanalysis, so she looked inward for inspiration, embracing the thoughts, feelings, and memories buried in dark corners of her mind. She had her first solo show of sculptures in 1949 in New York, where a beguiling, scattered installation format demonstrated a keen attentiveness to...

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About Moscow

Home to the iconic Red Square, the distinct patterned domes of Saint Basil's Cathedral, the State Historical Museum, and the Kremlin, Moscow is a cultural and political powerhouse with a diverse art scene. The city is filled with prestigious arts institutions such as the Pushkin State Museum of Fine art, the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, and the Bolshoi Theatre. It has a long history of art patronage and links to Russian modern masters such as Wassily Kandinsky, Marc Chagall, Kazimir Malevich, and even Henri Matisse.

As Russia's historic capital, a centre of Russian and European culture, and one of the world's largest urban economies, numerous major private collectors, dealers, and contemporary art institutions are to be found in Moscow. Coming out of a static age of uniform traditional art centred around Socialist Realism and propaganda, the post-Soviet-era Moscow art scene has become increasingly diverse and international.

Moscow plays host to a variety of contemporary art galleries, from the more Russian- and Moscow-oriented National Centre for Contemporary arts, Winzavod, RuArts, and the Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, to the more international art spaces such as Roman Abramovich's Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture, Solyanka State Gallery, Galerie Iragui, and the Gary Tatintsian Gallery. Launched in 2010 and held annually since 2014, the Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair brings together Russian and international artists, collectors, and galleries, allowing for greater exposure of up-and-coming Russian artists to the international art scene and dialogue between international artists and the Moscow art world.

Beyond the influence of the state and art collectors, there are a growing number of independent artist-run spaces on the fringes of the Moscow art world. Spaces such as Electrozavod, APXIV, and Proekt Fabrika, based in former industrial buildings, provide opportunities for up-and-coming artists. Apartments transformed into exhibition spaces for budding contemporary artists without a place to show continue the tradition of kvartirnik (apartment shows) that sustained non-conformist art in the Soviet era.

Moscow's streets also boast a significant number of large-scale murals, and the city hosts the street-art Biennale Artmossphere and street-art festival LGZ.

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