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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Takashi Murakami on Collecting, Contracts, and Teamwork Ocula Conversation
In Collaboration with Tai Kwun Contemporary
Takashi Murakami on Collecting, Contracts, and Teamwork

For three months from 1 June to 1 September 2019, Tai Kwun Contemporary in Hong Kong showcases MURAKAMI vs MURAKAMI, a major survey exhibition of the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. Curated by Tobias Berger, head of art at Tai Kwun, and Gunnar B Kvaran, director of Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, the exhibition spans the three floors of Tai Kwun's...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

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Alexandre da Cunha

b. 1969, Brazil

In Da Cunha's practice, seduction is articulated as a promise to make the unknown known and the known unknown. His work develops out of a dialogue with neo-formalist art, echoing the human body and its parts in a Duchampian way. The Objet Trouvé is central to his strategy of altering found objects like cans, bottles, brushes and pipes and animated with a sexual energy, staging them as pleasant deviators. Da Cunha's works have been described as Tropical Ready-Mades, overflowing with desire trapped in exotic, aesthetic form, often mimicking modernist sculptures. Finding in common objects both an abstract purity of form and an endless potential for transfiguration and reconfiguration is the essence of the artist's working process.

Alexandre da Cunha (Brazil, 1969) lives and works between London and Sao Paulo. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Pivô, Sao Paulo; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago; Camden Arts Centre, London; Thomas Dane Gallery, London; Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo; CRG Gallery, New York. His work has appeared in group exhibitions at ICA Boston, Boston; Zabludowicz Collection, London; Musee d'Art Modern de la Ville, Paris; CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; Witte De With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam and the 30th Sao Paulo Biennial.

His work is included in the collections of Tate Modern, London; Inhotim, Brumadinho; Rennie Collection, Vancouver and Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo.

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Featured Artworks

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Macrame II by Alexandre da Cunha contemporary artwork
Alexandre da CunhaMacrame II, 2018 planter, cleaning mops, dye, bolts, concrete
56 x 38 x 38 cm
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Tête à Tête (Painting I) by Alexandre da Cunha contemporary artwork
Alexandre da CunhaTête à Tête (Painting I), 2018 ropes, acrylic, linen
200 x 130 x 20 cm
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Tête à Tête (Painting II) by Alexandre da Cunha contemporary artwork
Alexandre da CunhaTête à Tête (Painting II), 2018 ropes, jute basket, acrylic, linen
200 x 130 x 26 cm
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Morning XXIV by Alexandre da Cunha contemporary artwork
Alexandre da CunhaMorning XXIV, 2018 bottle, bottle brush, pigment, cork, tambourine
58 x 26 x 10 cm
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Ikebana XVI by Alexandre da Cunha contemporary artwork
Alexandre da CunhaIkebana XVI, 2018 Yoga block, cake tin
27 x 23 x 23 cm
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Ikebana VIII by Alexandre da Cunha contemporary artwork
Alexandre da CunhaIkebana VIII, 2018 coat hanger, tambourine
40 x 31 x 21 cm
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1528190218 by Alexandre da Cunha contemporary artwork
Alexandre da Cunha1528190218, 2018 bottle, sand and concrete
34 x 12 x 12 cm
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Mandala XI by Alexandre da Cunha contemporary artwork
Alexandre da CunhaMandala XI, 2016 Cotton mop, twine, linen
200 x 200 x 4.1 cm
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