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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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Lucerne

Switzerland

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Contemporary art exhibition, Tanya Goel, Equations in a Variable at Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne
14 November 2019–1 February 2020 Tanya Goel Equations in a Variable Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne

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Galerie Urs Meile announces Yan Xing’s 'Nuit et brouillard' opening Jan. 12 at the Lucerne gallery Related Press Galerie Urs Meile announces Yan Xing’s 'Nuit et brouillard' opening Jan. 12 at the Lucerne gallery Cafa Art Info : 8 February 2016

This exhibition will feature a series of new works in a variety of different media, including installation, photography, space, and design, that explore the many layers of negativity through the process of artistic language.Yan Xing has always had a keen interest in the mechanisms of how histories and canons are built, and the divergent...

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About Lucerne

Set on Lake Lucerne, where the Swiss Alps begin, the compact medieval city of Lucerne has long been renowned for its spectacular natural surroundings, architecture and unparalleled collections of modern art. With a small but burgeoning contemporary art scene forging significant connections and spaces for innovation, the Swiss-German city is rapidly rising to rival its larger, flashier Swiss counterparts.

Once a refuge for composer Richard Wagner, Lucerne possesses historical and ongoing cultural significance. Amidst the pristine Swiss medieval and Renaissance architecture one finds art treasures of the past. Topping the list is Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen's Lion Monument (1819–1821), which honours the Swiss mercenaries killed in the 1792 storming of Paris' Tuileries Palace. Another treasure is Edouard Castres' grand circular panorama The Arrival of General Bourbaki's Army at Les Verrières (1881), installed in its Lucerne rotunda in 1889. Established as the Kunstpanorama in 1996, the Kunsthalle Luzern is based in the Bourbaki Panorama building and focused on the exhibition and discussion of local, national, and international art, and also acts as a documentation repository for Central Swiss artists.

A pinnacle art attraction housed in a neoclassical building, the Rosengart Collection (the private collection of art dealer Angela Rosengart) is a pre-eminent gallery of European modernist art. Open to the public since 2002, the collection boasts over 200 works by Impressionist and modernist masters including Monet, Cézanne, Renoir, Matisse, Picasso, Klee, Modigliani, and Dufy. Established in 1992 Galerie Urs Meile has played an integral role in the introduction and dissemination of a range of contemporary art methods and styles in Lucerne. With an outpost in Beijing, the gallery sustains a strong international connection, facilitating an exchange of art and artists between the two cities.

Moving between various locations since its establishment in 1873, the Kunstmuseum Luzern has built up a significant collection of historical and contemporary works while consistently engaging with and nurturing avantgarde art within and beyond the region. Occupying the fourth floor of Jean Nouvel's Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre (KKL) since 2000, the Kunstmuseum's exhibition programmes use the institution's historic collection as a backdrop to focus on contemporary art.

Alongside the newly established Kunstpavillon (opened in 2017), numerous smaller semi-permanent gallery spaces dot the city, including Museum im Bellpark, Galerie gummi-entli, and the KALI Gallery, providing a stage for new and up-and-coming Swiss artists from a diverse range of genres. Beyond the conventional gallery space, the LA Collection'Air sculpture park located on the territory of Château Gütsch showcases various unique sculptures and installations by several Russian artists.

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