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Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World Ocula Conversation Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World

'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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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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Franz Ackermann

b. 1963, Germany

Franz Ackermann makes exuberant paintings and installations centred on themes of travel, tourism, globalisation and urbanism. Mental Maps, his first major series, were produced during a stay in Hong Kong. Combining the factual precision of traditional street maps with his own interpretation of the local environment, these small watercolours documented the artist’s perception of the great cities of Asia, South America and Australia.

Ackermann has since created large-scale dynamic installations that are built up from individual components comprising paintings, drawings, photographs, wall drawings and sculptural, billboard-like constructions. His work frequently deals with the double side of tourism – the glamour, speed and consumption of international travel but also the detritus, architectural scarring and garbage that it leaves behind, and his installations often take on the appearance of strange advertisements for a global tourism industry run amok. The places he depicts have a generic quality, and yet they look strangely familiar: non-places where the traveller’s desire replaces the local culture.

For example his exhibition, Home, home again (White Cube, 2006) brought together a series of large-scale paintings, drawings and sculptures that focus on London as their point of departure. Ackermann presented a large-scale drawing that provides a metaphorical link between his ongoing Mental Map series – watercolours made while on the move in hotels around the world – and his paintings, constructed from memory in the studio.

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Featured Artworks

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The Ruin by Franz Ackermann contemporary artwork
Franz AckermannThe Ruin, 2019 Mixed media on paper
76.5 x 97 cm
Templon
Sao Paulo/Brace/Brace by Franz Ackermann contemporary artwork
Franz AckermannSao Paulo/Brace/Brace, 2019 Oil on canvas
185 x 300 cm
Templon
Stadt der Eibsen by Franz Ackermann contemporary artwork
Franz AckermannStadt der Eibsen, 2019 Oil on canvas
339 x 254 cm
Templon
Construction by Franz Ackermann contemporary artwork
Franz AckermannConstruction, 2019 Work on paper
80 x 60 cm
Templon
chess Me by Franz Ackermann contemporary artwork
Franz Ackermannchess Me, 2016 Oil on canvas
210 x 220 cm
Templon
Sunrise by Franz Ackermann contemporary artwork
Franz AckermannSunrise, 2016 Oil on canvas
210 x 160 cm
Templon
Marseille by Franz Ackermann contemporary artwork
Franz AckermannMarseille, 2018 Watercolour and photo on Dibond framed with glass and wood
75 x 95 cm
Templon

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Franz Ackermann, Our Houses at Templon, Brussels
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5 September–19 October 2019 Franz Ackermann Our Houses Templon, Brussels

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Gallery Weekend Beijing 2019 Ocula Report Gallery Weekend Beijing 2019 29 Mar 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

Beyond the fanfare of a gallery weekend, there remains the perennial question: to what end does such an event serve a city? During this year's Gallery Weekend Beijing (22–29 March 2019), this question was raised during a snippet of the inaugural Beijing Art Summit (22–24 March 2019) on a chilly Saturday morning, staged at Ullens Center for...

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In Video & Audio

Franz Ackermann - Our Houses - Galerie Templon Brussels Related Video & Audio Franz Ackermann - Our Houses - Galerie Templon Brussels Templon : 14 September 2019

FRANZ ACKERMANNOur Houses5 SEPTEMBER—19 OCTOBER 2019Galerie Templon - BRUSSELS© José Huedo

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