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Dr Uli Sigg Ocula Conversation Dr Uli Sigg By Diana d'Arenberg, Hong Kong

I'm very much a fan of the public institution. I think only the public institution can provide the long-term guarantee that it will continue to exist and it will be 'the' public memory.

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Jens Faurschou Ocula Conversation Jens Faurschou By Anna Dickie, New York

Instead of opening a gallery in New York where we would be just another gallery, I thought: let’s do it in Beijing where we can make a difference.

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Serge Tiroche Ocula Conversation Serge Tiroche By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

With an ultra slick website that enables easy navigation of its 400 plus artworks from many of the leading artists of today, the Tiroche DeLeon Collection is unique in its focus and ownership structure. Established in 2011 by Serge Tiroche and Russ DeLeon, the collection is focused on artworks by both recognised masters, and emerging talent from...

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Gene Sherman & Suhanya Raffel Ocula Conversation Gene Sherman & Suhanya Raffel By Jane O'Sullivan, Sydney

When Australian collectors and philanthropists Gene and Brian Sherman moved from South Africa to Australia in 1976, Gene says they instantly recognised a “buzz about Asia” that they weren’t expecting. As an academic teaching French literature, the push towards Asian languages also put her out of a job. “I went...

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Doryun Chong Ocula Conversation Doryun Chong By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

Doryun Chong is Chief Curator at M+, Hong Kong’s super museum for visual culture. Prior to joining M+, Chong was Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, and prior to that, he was a curator in the visual arts department at Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center from 2003 to 2009. At MoMA, Chong...

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Doryun Chong Ocula Conversation Doryun Chong By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

Doryun Chong is Chief Curator at M+, Hong Kong’s super museum for visual culture. Prior to joining M+, Chong was Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, and prior to that, he was a curator in the visual arts department at Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center from 2003 to 2009. At MoMA, Chong...

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William Zhao Ocula Conversation William Zhao By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

The last decade has seen an extraordinary interest in the art of China, yet Hong Kong artists have been significantly overlooked in this bubbling and frothing phenomena. It is timely therefore that Ai Weiwei, arguably the most well-known of the Chinese artists, has chosen to curate an exhibition in Hong Kong featuring only Hong Kong artists; and...

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Alan Lo Ocula Conversation Alan Lo

Active in promoting art and design in Hong Kong, Alan Lo is the Chairman of Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design, sits on the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, and was a member of Art HK’s advisory group.  Lo is also a co-founder and director of Hong Kong-based Press Room Group, owner and operator of various well-known restaurants and...

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Gallery Weekend Beijing: Exhibition Lowdown Ocula Feature Gallery Weekend Beijing: Exhibition Lowdown By Tessa Moldan, Beijing

Between 22 and 31 May, Gallery Weekend Beijing returns for its fourth edition across 798 Art District. This lowdown provides a selection of exhibitions to catch as spring turns to summer in the capital.

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Taipei Connections: Eleven Works to Collect Ocula Insight Taipei Connections: Eleven Works to Collect By Sam Gaskin, Taipei

Ai Weiwei, Odyssey (2016) at Chambers Fine Art Resembling paintings on a Grecian urn, this wallpaper is an epic narrative about the plight of refugees, one of Ai Weiwei's chief concerns in recent years. Ai himself fled China for Europe after years of violence and intimidation. Dóra Maurer, Overlappings 34 (2006). Acrylic on canvas...

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The Latest: Snapchat Spin Paintings, Gonzalez-Torres Fortune Cookies, and More Ocula News The Latest: Snapchat Spin Paintings, Gonzalez-Torres Fortune Cookies, and More Hong Kong, 6 May 2020

This week's need-to-know art news, including the collapse of Sydney's Carriageworks, the winner of the Pulitzer-prize for criticism, and relaxed Kickstarter rules for institutions.

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Taipei Dangdai 2020: Local and Global Ocula Feature Taipei Dangdai 2020: Local and Global By Penny Liu, Taipei

At the second edition of Taipei Dangdai, western capital gestures towards Taipei's rising status in the global art world, while alluding to 'a token blessing from the West to Taiwanese society, which is known to have a strong collector base.'

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Taipei Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Feature Taipei Lowdown: Shows to See By Tessa Moldan, Taipei

As Taipei Dangdai returns for its second edition between 17 and 19 January 2020 at the Nangang Exhibition Center, a selection of exhibitions across the city confirm Taipei as one of the region's most exciting art hubs.

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Local to Global: Gallery Weekend Beijing 2018 Ocula Feature Local to Global: Gallery Weekend Beijing 2018 By Bowen Li, Beijing

Gallery Weekend Beijing was first staged in 2017 on a number of premises, including the fact that Beijing needed an annual event with international appeal to maintain its place as an art destination after the rise of successful art fairs, and an increasing number of museums, in other regional cities like Shanghai and Hong Kong. As its title...

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One belt, one road, one  biennale: Yinchuan's stand against cultural desertification Ocula Feature One belt, one road, one biennale: Yinchuan's stand against cultural desertification By Sam Gaskin, Yinchuan

Over 70 artists from 33 countries are represented in the inaugural Yinchuan Biennale, which opened amidst scandal on 9 September.

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Ai Weiwei Exhibitions in Beijing Ocula Photolog Ai Weiwei Exhibitions in Beijing

Wang Jiaci was an ancestral temple of Ming age, taken as reference by all future dynasties, from Tang to Qing. Today, Wang Jiaci is the hub of Ai Weiwei’s monumental project, an ancient building which was disassembled into more than 1500 pieces and meticulously re-built inside two exhibitive areas: Galleria Continua and Tang Contemporary Art...

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Go East: The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection Ocula Feature Go East: The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection By Jane O’Sullivan, Sydney

Yang Zhichao’s Chinese Bible is both unyieldingly monumental and humble. In the latest presentation of the work in Sydney, all 3,000 of the diaries he has collected from Beijing’s fleamarkets are placed in neat rows on a large, rectangular plinth. Dated from 1949 to 1999 they record 50 turbulent years in China’s history....

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Ai Weiwei 'Evidence' At The Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin Ocula Feature Ai Weiwei 'Evidence' At The Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin By Carmen Ansaldo, Berlin

Ai Weiwei's current survey exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin marks the artist's largest solo project to date, consuming 18 rooms and 3,000 square metres of the institution's floor space. Only open to the public since April, Evidence has already experienced an overwhelming reception that has become the standard for...

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