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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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Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See 20 Sep 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

London's galleries and museums are gearing up for a lively October, with Frieze London and Frieze Masters running between 3 and 6 October 2019 at Regent's Park, along with 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, taking place across the same dates at Somerset House; and the tenth anniversary of the Sunday Art Fair, showcasing new and emerging artists...

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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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Liu Wei is a towering figure in Chinese contemporary art, a leader among the first wave of Chinese artists to have their work recognized in the west. Emerging in the early 1990s with the Cynical Realism movement, Liu Wei responded to the dashed hopes and malaise of a generation impacted by the Tiananmen Square massacre by creating sarcastic...

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'Forming in the pupil of an eye,' Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016 Related Press 'Forming in the pupil of an eye,' Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016 Art Agenda : 17 January 2017

Guest curated by artist Sudarshan Shetty, the third edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB), titled Forming in the pupil of an eye, is an assembly of artist-created realities. Shetty outlines his curatorial concept with the story of a young traveler who went on a long journey to meet a sage. When he reaches her, 'the Sage assimilates the entire...

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NO EXIT: TWO VENUES, TWO VISIONS - LIU WEI TRAPS VIEWERS IS HIS EXISTENTIALIST WORLD Related Press NO EXIT: TWO VENUES, TWO VISIONS - LIU WEI TRAPS VIEWERS IS HIS EXISTENTIALIST WORLD ARTNews : 30 November 2016

Beijing artist Liu Wei is a key player in the rise of abstract art in China, creating installations, paintings, and mixed-media works that have often been interpreted as references to the urban landscape of his home country. In this current two-venue show at Lehmann Maupin in New York, he is addressing not urbanization or globalization per se, but...

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'Why Not Ask Again' 11th Shanghai Biennale Related Press 'Why Not Ask Again' 11th Shanghai Biennale art agenda : 17 November 2016

At the 11th Shanghai Biennale, it isn’t possible to take a photograph without capturing people; the vast Power Station of Art—an electric plant turned kunsthalle since 2012—is busy throughout the preview day and public opening. The curators, Raqs Media Collective, have titled this edition of the biennale Why Not Ask Again:...

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Raqs Media Collective, Shanghai Biennale Related Press Raqs Media Collective, Shanghai Biennale RanDian : 3 November 2016

Raqs Media Collective is adept at contemplating time. They aim to open up multidimensional spaces to try to counter standardized time as dictated by the global capitalist system. At the time of writing, they were preparing for the Shanghai Biennale, which is the first instance of Raqs taking on the role of curator alone. In this interview, Raqs...

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5 international biennials and triennials not to miss around Asia in Fall 2016 Related Press 5 international biennials and triennials not to miss around Asia in Fall 2016 Art Radar Journal : 31 August 2016

From the 7th edition of Korea’s Busan Biennale to Japan’s new Triennial the Okayama Art Summit, these five international events will provide thoughtful reflection on new and refreshing curatorial practices in the context of the Biennale infrastructure.

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'Heavy Artillery' at White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney Related Press 'Heavy Artillery' at White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney ArtAsiaPacific : 9 June 2016

Six years ago, Neilson opened White Rabbit after having totally gutted and refurbished an old, three-story car service center in Sydney’s inner-city suburb, Chippendale. The area was then rundown, but has since been redeveloped with apartments, shops and service industries. In 2009 Neilson’s collection stood at 450 works by 130 artists;...

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China’s Yinchuan City to host its first biennale in September 2016 Related Press China’s Yinchuan City to host its first biennale in September 2016 e-flux : 1 June 2016

Madam Liu, Director of Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan (MOCA Yinchuan), announced today that the museum will hold its first biennale. To be curated by internationally acclaimed artist, curator and co-founder of Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Bose Krishnamachari, the exhibition will be held from September 9 to December 18, 2016 on the premises of MOCA...

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'Digging a Hole in China': exploring Land Art in the context of Chinese contemporary art Related Press 'Digging a Hole in China': exploring Land Art in the context of Chinese contemporary art Art Radar : 21 April 2016

Land is the subject of a large-scale show at OCAT Shenzhen entitled Digging a Hole in China (20 March – 26 June 2016) which features a variety of media and works by over a dozen contemporary Chinese artists executed from 1994 onwards. In this inaugural show at OCAT Shenzhen, since her appointment as Artistic Director in August 2015,...

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Land is the subject of a large-scale show at OCAT Shenzhen entitled Digging a Hole in China (20 March–26 June 2016) which features a variety of media and works by over a dozen contemporary Chinese artists executed from 1994 onwards. In this inaugural show at OCAT Shenzhen, since her appointment as Artistic Director in August 2015, curator Venus...

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Redefining Chinese artists, in Qatar Related Press Redefining Chinese artists, in Qatar The New York Times : 28 March 2016

Sitting in a Zen-inspired studio in a converted school building on the Lower East Side, the Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang bemoaned how his native country’s art is often squeezed between pronouncements of record auction prices and denouncements of China’s one-party political system when it is presented in the United States and to some...

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M+ Sigg Collection Exhibition Related Press M+ Sigg Collection Exhibition WestKowloon : 24 February 2016

Comprising more than eighty works by fifty artists – including Ai Weiwei, Fang Lijun, Geng Jianyi, Huang Yong Ping, Zhang Peili, and Zhang Xiaogang – this is the first-ever chronological exhibition about the emergence of Chinese contemporary art. It shows both the development of Chinese contemporary art and a glimpse of the collection...

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Native global land at Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris Related Press Native global land at Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris Flash Art : 21 February 2016

France has always been a country of asylum for Chinese artists. After the First World War, it was where painters such as Zao Wou-ki and Chu Teh-Chun developed their careers. In the 1990s, Paris became a vanguard destination for contemporary Chinese artists fleeing the Tiananmen revolution, like Yan Pei Ming and Huang Yong Ping. At that time former...

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Asia Art Archive presents its Annual Fundraiser and celebrates the organisation’s 15th anniversary Related Press Asia Art Archive presents its Annual Fundraiser and celebrates the organisation’s 15th anniversary Randian : 9 November 2015

This November with an auction of over 80 works of art generously donated by local and international artists and galleries. In partnership with Christie’s, the artworks will be available to preview from 10–13 November at The Space. The accompanying dinner and live auction will be hosted on 14 November at the iconic floating restaurant...

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Running at White Cube Hong Kong until 24 October 2015, Silver is an impressive exhibition that engages with the architectural ‘white cube’, revealing Liu Wei’s continued investigations into materiality and form. Following a major mid-career retrospective at UCCA in Beijing this spring, the exhibition features painting, sculpture...

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Swiss banking giant UBS shows off its art collection in Hong Kong Related Press Swiss banking giant UBS shows off its art collection in Hong Kong ArtAsiaPacific : 22 September 2015

On September 14, Swiss banking giant UBS held an intimate gathering to unveil their new rehang of its corporate collection in the bank’s Hong Kong headquarters. On display is an impressive selection centered on abstraction, Pop art and photography, installed mainly on the 52nd floor of the International Finance Centre in the heart of Hong...

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Christie's takes fresh approach to emerging Chinese contemporary artists in new auction Related Press Christie's takes fresh approach to emerging Chinese contemporary artists in new auction Jing Daily : 21 September 2015

Global auction stalwart Christie’s is taking a fresh approach to Chinese contemporary art this fall with a traveling exhibition and sale featuring a diverse selection of work by up and coming artists. Called +86 First Open, the program straddles Shanghai and New York, kicking off with highlights from more than 30 works of art on display at...

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Nocturnal Friendships, a group exhibition currently at Lehmann Maupin Hong Kong, is a pivotal show that proves the gallery to be not only a platform for emerging artists, but also one for up-and-coming curators. Behind the curatorial direction of “Nocturnal Friendships” are art historian Bowen Li and mixed-media artist Liu Wei, the...

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Liu Wei is best known for using dog chews, discarded books and found materials for his sculptural and installation works, but the Beijing-based artist says he is no stranger to curating. "When I create, I think about the theme and my approach. It's no different from curating an art exhibition. I always see myself as an artist and a curator...

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