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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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Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity Ocula Conversation Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity

Moving across installation, painting, drawing, and writing, Malaysia-born and London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh explores the political, social, and economic complexities of humanity, using a mosaic of information—from advertising slogans and pornographic imagery to newspaper articles—that she subjects to processes of layering,...

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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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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

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
Going nowhere by Franz Ackermann contemporary artwork
Franz AckermannGoing nowhere, 2016 Oil on canvas
210 x 160 cm
Templon
La Tente by Franz Ackermann contemporary artwork
Franz AckermannLa Tente, 2016 Oil on canvas
210 x 300 cm
Templon
Mexico-Non Stop from here by Franz Ackermann contemporary artwork
Franz AckermannMexico-Non Stop from here, 2016 Mounted paper, photos, oil, acrylics, mixed media
150 x 170 cm
Templon

Current Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Franz Ackermann, Our Houses at Templon, Brussels
Upcoming
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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