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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Motherwell, Elegy at Barakat Contemporary, Seoul
6 March–12 May 2019 Robert Motherwell Elegy Barakat Contemporary, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Nathalie Du Pasquier, the strange order of things at Pace Gallery, Seoul
8 March–25 May 2019 Nathalie Du Pasquier the strange order of things Pace Gallery, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Toby Ziegler, Flesh in the age of reason at PKM Gallery, Seoul
20 March–30 April 2019 Toby Ziegler Flesh in the age of reason PKM Gallery, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Kohei Nawa, VESSEL at ARARIO GALLERY, Seoul
20 March–21 July 2019 Kohei Nawa VESSEL ARARIO GALLERY, Seoul | Ryse Hotel
Contemporary art exhibition, Elmgreen & Dragset, Adaptations at Kukje Gallery, Seoul
21 March–28 April 2019 Elmgreen & Dragset Adaptations Kukje Gallery, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Nicholas Hlobo, Nicholas Hlobo at Lehmann Maupin, Seoul
21 March–18 May 2019 Nicholas Hlobo Nicholas Hlobo Lehmann Maupin, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Jiieh G Hur, Electric Smash at Whistle, Seoul
22 March–27 April 2019 Jiieh G Hur Electric Smash Whistle, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Yoriko Takabatake, Venus at GANA ART, Seoul
3–28 April 2019 Yoriko Takabatake Venus GANA ART, Hannam
Contemporary art exhibition, Min Ha Park, Sun Gone at ONE AND J. Gallery, Seoul
4 April–4 May 2019 Min Ha Park Sun Gone ONE AND J. Gallery, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Hoh Woo Jung, Line, Curve, A Colorful Gesture at Gallery Baton, Seoul
4 April–4 May 2019 Hoh Woo Jung Line, Curve, A Colorful Gesture Gallery Baton, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, No Patience for Monuments at Perrotin, Seoul
4 April–8 June 2019 Group Exhibition No Patience for Monuments Perrotin, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Byung-ki Kim, Here and Now at Gana Art, Seoul
10 April–12 May 2019 Byung-ki Kim Here and Now Gana Art, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Ugo Rondinone, Ugo Rondinone at Kukje Gallery, Seoul
16 May–30 June 2019 Ugo Rondinone Ugo Rondinone Kukje Gallery, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, McArthur Binion, Hand:Work:II at Lehmann Maupin, Seoul
24 May–13 July 2019 McArthur Binion Hand:Work:II Lehmann Maupin, Seoul

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Iván Navarro Ocula Conversation Iván Navarro Artist

Iván Navarro needs no introduction once you know what his works look like: light boxes constructed using one-way mirrors to create an infinity room effect. These object illusions come in many forms, from a world map rendered in green and white lights that seem to collapse into a dark void (Sediments, 2017); to a series of lightboxes formed from the...

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Lee Ufan Ocula Conversation Lee Ufan Artist, Korea

Nowadays, Korean-born artist Lee Ufan needs little introduction. The combination of the opening of his own Tadao Ando-designed museum at the Benesse Art Site, Japan in 2010; his 2011 retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum, New York; and his major show at the Château de Versailles in 2014, have all meant that in recent years Lee Ufan has...

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Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho Ocula Conversation Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho

Artists Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho established their styles and names individually, but create an undeniable synergy when paired together. The duo won the Korea Artist Prize at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, in 2012 and participated in dOCUMENTA the same year. Representing the Korean Pavilion in Venice this year,...

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Minsuk Cho Ocula Conversation Minsuk Cho Architect, Mass Studies, Seoul

Minsuk Cho, principal architect at Mass Studies and commissioner of the Golden Lion-winning Korea Pavilion at last year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, just closed his first major exhibition at PLATEAU, Samsung Museum of Art. And while Before/After, a data-centric retrospective of the first dozen years of his firm via both realized and...

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Natalie King And Youngmi Park Ocula Conversation Natalie King And Youngmi Park Co-Curators, 'Episodes: Australian Photography Now', Dong Gang International Photo Festival

Now in its 13th edition, the Dong Gang International Photo Festival takes place in the city of Yeongwol, about 3 hours drive east of Seoul. Since 2009, guest curators from different countries have been invited to curate an exhibition for the Festival, including France, Germany, USA, Japan and UK. This year the invitation was extended to...

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Yuko Hasegawa Ocula Conversation Yuko Hasegawa Chief Curator, Museum Of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

Yuko Hasegawa is Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2006–present) and is also a professor at Tama Art University, Tokyo, where she teaches curatorial and art theory. Last year Hasegawa curated the Sharjah Biennial 11, which opened to great acclaim. Previously, Hasegawa served as Chief Curator and Founding Artistic...

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G-Seoul 14: Back To Boutique Ocula Report G-Seoul 14: Back To Boutique 12 May 2014 : Ines Min for Ocula

The pressure is high for boutique art fair G-Seoul 14 this year, though you wouldn’t know it by the easy glamour and airy polish of its backdrop: the newly broken-in Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) designed by Zaha Hadid and officially opened this March. The curvilinear hall, expansive ceiling space, and ceiling-to-floor white motif lends...

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Lee Daehyung Ocula Conversation Lee Daehyung Art Director, Hyundai Motor Company, Seoul

Lee Daehyung’s name is difficult to escape within the Korean art world. From self-made independent curator to art director for major South Korean conglomerate Hyundai Motor Company, Lee has been the driving force behind some of the country’s most innovative shows and collaborations over the past decade. While his work can dive into...

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Elmgreen & Dragset's bar doesn't work (and that's the point) Related Press Elmgreen & Dragset's bar doesn't work (and that's the point) Phaidon News : 2 April 2019

There's a nice-looking bar at Elmgreen & Dragset's new show, Adaptations, at the Kukje Gallery in Seoul, South Korea. It's white, oval shaped, and is fitted with two bar taps, and looks pretty inviting ...

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Lo-Fi Art for the Internet Age Related Press Lo-Fi Art for the Internet Age Hyperallergic : 9 February 2019

SEOUL — Noh Sangho's solo exhibition, The Great Chapbook II, contains more than 1500 works. Hundreds of plastic ziplock bags containing Noh's watercolor drawings hang on 11 chrome garment racks affixed to the brick walls of Seoul's underground gallery, Arario Museum in Space. The drawings are the results of the artist's daily digital...

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Oscar Murillo transforms energy into dynamic art Related Press Oscar Murillo transforms energy into dynamic art The Korea Times : 10 December 2018

Oscar Murillo is an artist of energy who encapsulates the instability of his contemporaries living in the 21st century, who cannot truly feel a sense of belonging or stability. The artist is holding Catalyst, his first solo exhibition in Korea, at Kukje Gallery in downtown Seoul.

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Paintings bring back memories of countless past encounters Related Press Paintings bring back memories of countless past encounters The Korea Herald : 5 July 2018

With dark-and-bright contrasts throughout, young local painter Jwa Haesun's portraits of ordinary people remind us of our own memories of numerous overlooked encounters. Her portraits of unknown people have the power to evoke questions on the otherness of the others and the solitude that we feel among a crowd of unknowns.

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Artist Oh Su-fan turns canvas into mirror reflecting state of mind Related Press Artist Oh Su-fan turns canvas into mirror reflecting state of mind Yonhap News Agency : 19 June 2018

Oh Su-fan, a 72-year-old artist, has spent the 40 years of his professional life trying to erase the stream of consciousness. By doing so, he pursues order and naturalness in chaos.In his new solo exhibition, Dialogue, which runs at Gana Art Centre in Seoul from 20 June to 15 July 2018, 30 paintings created since 2016 are on display. The...

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'Fashion doomed to fade, but art is forever' Related Press 'Fashion doomed to fade, but art is forever' The Korea Times : 27 April 2018

American artist Alex Katz is known for his distinctive style of portraits featuring sophisticated yet daring women of all ages. The Lotte Museum of Art (LMOA) in southern Seoul presents the first solo exhibition of the 90-year-old artist, who stylises American culture and society such as fashion, beauty and landscape, in Korea.Titled Alex Katz:...

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“High Strangeness” by Peter Stichbury at Gallery Baton, Seoul Related Press “High Strangeness” by Peter Stichbury at Gallery Baton, Seoul BLOUIN ARTINFO : 15 November 2017

New Zealand born artist Peter Stichbury is currently presenting his bizarre and uncanny exhibition at the Gallery Baton in Seoul. High Strangeness explores stories surrounding reports of (often fake) disturbances in the aerial world above us. The exhibition runs until the end of November.

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Seoul on a roll: art installation takes marble run to the next level Related Press Seoul on a roll: art installation takes marble run to the next level The Guardian : 9 November 2017

They are one of the oldest symbols of child's play - found in the ashes of Pompeii, in the tombs of ancient Egypt and in Native American tribes. But while millennial children may have left them to gather dust, a new installation is asking people young and old to reconnect with the simple joy of marbles.

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