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Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide Ocula Conversation Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide

Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...

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Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See 6 Sep 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The fifth edition of Sydney Contemporary will take place once again at Carriageworks between 12 and 15 September 2019, with Spring 1883 bringing together a cohort of 27 galleries from across Australia and the region to inhabit rooms at the Establishment Hotel from 11 to 14 September 2019, uniquely presenting contemporary works propped up on...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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Christian Boltanski

b. 1944, France

Christian Boltanski is one of the most internationally acclaimed artists of our time. In 2006 he was awarded the Praemium Imperiale. His artistic work revolves around the themes memory, death and loss. Relics are no longer those of saints, but vestiges of anonymous people, traces of strangers, with which it seems to be a question of communicating. Since the 1960s, he has worked with the ephemera of the human experience, from obituary photographs to rusted biscuit tins. Several of Boltanski's projects have used actual lost property from public spaces, such as railway stations, creating collections which memorialise the unknown owners in the cacophony of personal effects.

Boltanski has exhibited internationally at museums including: Muse d'art modern de la ville de Paris; Kunsthalle Wien; Stedelijk van Abbemuseum. Eindhoven; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angelis; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; Malmö Konsthall; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo; Museum Ludwig Köln; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Regina Sofia, Madrid. His work has been featured in documenta (1972, 1986) at the Venice Biennale (1993, 1996, 2011), and at the Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh (1991). 

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Featured Artworks

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Les Suisses Morts by Christian Boltanski contemporary artwork
Christian BoltanskiLes Suisses Morts, 1989 200 black and white photographs, lamps and cables
KEWENIG
Lumieres (Catherine) by Christian Boltanski contemporary artwork
Christian BoltanskiLumieres (Catherine), 2000 48 green light bulbs, 1 black and white photograph
279.4 x 86.4 cm
Marian Goodman Gallery
La Vie Impossible by Christian Boltanski contemporary artwork
Christian BoltanskiLa Vie Impossible, 2001 21 b/w-photographs printed by Muensterschwarzach on high class paper, framed
KEWENIG
Le Manteau by Christian Boltanski contemporary artwork
Christian BoltanskiLe Manteau, 1991 Black coat, light bulbs, sockets, cable
KEWENIG
Monument by Christian Boltanski contemporary artwork
Christian BoltanskiMonument, 1986 10 colour photographs and 1 b/w photo, framed, bulbs and cables
96 x 46 cm
KEWENIG
Tableau Noir by Christian Boltanski contemporary artwork
Christian BoltanskiTableau Noir, 2007 B/w photograph, acrylic paint, framed
129 x 169 cm
KEWENIG
L‘album photographique de la famille de B by Christian Boltanski contemporary artwork
Christian BoltanskiL‘album photographique de la famille de B, 1991 105 s/w photographs in metal frame (42 vertical format, 63 landscape format)
KEWENIG
Portraits - Grosse Hamburger Strasse by Christian Boltanski contemporary artwork
Christian BoltanskiPortraits - Grosse Hamburger Strasse, 2001 10 b/w photographs (framed), 10 lamps, cables
KEWENIG

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Christian Boltanski, Room #6 at KEWENIG, Berlin
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20 June–12 July 2019 Christian Boltanski Room #6 KEWENIG, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Christian Boltanski, Bertrand Lavier, Angelika Markul, Après at KEWENIG, Palma
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25 January–17 March 2018 Christian Boltanski, Bertrand Lavier, Angelika Markul Après KEWENIG, Palma

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Best institutional shows in Turin during Artissima Ocula Report Best institutional shows in Turin during Artissima 4 Nov 2015 : Rachael Vance for Ocula

Each November the art world casts its attention on Italy’s art centre of Turin for the annual Artissima art fair. However, its not only the fair that attracts the international art cognoscenti to the Piedmont capital. With a history steeped in the cultural avant-garde of the Arte Povera movement and with strong philanthropic arts circles,...

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Christian Boltanski on mortality, whale sounds and a wager over death with a Tasmanian devil Related Press Christian Boltanski on mortality, whale sounds and a wager over death with a Tasmanian devil Wallpaper* : 1 April 2018

'Where are the cameras?' I ask Christian Boltanski as we enter his studio in Malakoff, just outside Paris. He points out several, all feeding live footage to a grotto in Tasmania's Museum of Old and New Art. In 2009, David Walsh, the professional gambler, art collector and founder of the museum (see W*141), agreed to pay Boltanski a monthly stipend...

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In her own words: Maria Balshaw, new director of Tate Related Press In her own words: Maria Balshaw, new director of Tate The Art Newspaper : 19 January 2017

As 2016 drew to a close, we asked Maria Balshaw, the director of Manchester Art Galleries and the Whitworth at the University of Manchester, to pick her highlights of the year. Last week, the news leaked that she will succeed Nicholas Serota as the next director of the Tate.Balshaw is due to take up the post in June, the first woman to fill the...

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Edinburgh Art Festival 2016 Related Press Edinburgh Art Festival 2016 Aesthetica Magazine : 28 July 2016

The UK’s largest annual festival of visual art returns to Edinburgh on 28 July with a dynamic programme of partner exhibitions and pop-up events taking place across the Scottish capital. This year’s Edinburgh Art Festival (EAF) is set to be its biggest edition to date, and will include 43 solo and group presentations curated by the...

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Art Brussels announces details of Discovery, Rediscovery and Solo sections Related Press Art Brussels announces details of Discovery, Rediscovery and Solo sections Art Fix Daily : 9 April 2016

From April 21 to 24, the 34th edition of Art Brussels will take place in a new location, Tour & Taxis, a spectacular example of industrial architecture built in 1904, formerly a customs house. This year, the fair has been reduced in size, bringing together 141 galleries from 28 countries, represented in three main sections: PRIME, DISCOVERY and...

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