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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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Makoto Aida

b. 1965, Japan

Aida’s work has won critical acclaim for its paradoxical mix of bawdy populism and sophisticated reflection in depicting the state of contemporary Japan. Domestic Japanese audiences, in particular, have shown a keen appreciation for the complexity of his vision — his mid-career retrospective “Monument for Nothing”, held at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo in 2012, drew a record 490,000 visitors, while his most recent exhibition in Japan was held this summer at the Kirishima Open-Air Museum in Kagoshima prefecture.

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Makoto Aida Ocula Conversation Makoto Aida Artist, Japan

For more than 20 years the Tokyo-based contemporary artist Makoto Aida has offered an unflinching social commentary on Japan’s modern culture, highlighting the country’s complex norms, and exploring topics from sexuality to war. His works range widely from refined graphic paintings such as A Picture of an Air Raid on New York...

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'Mission [Spacexart]: Beyond Cosmologies' And 'Chronicle 1995' At The Museum Of Contemporary Art, Tokyo Ocula Report 'Mission [Spacexart]: Beyond Cosmologies' And 'Chronicle 1995' At The Museum Of Contemporary Art, Tokyo 29 Jul 2014 : Annabel James for Ocula

Too many Tokyoites miss the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT) altogether. Beyond both the Ueno museums and the network of newer art spaces in Roppongi, this institution of first-class exhibition facilities, a vast pubic art library and one of the most significant global collections of contemporary Japanese art takes you by surprise in Old...

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In Related Press

Artist Makoto Aida defiant over latest work Related Press Artist Makoto Aida defiant over latest work The Independent : 30 July 2015

A famous Japanese contemporary artist is embroiled in an angry fight with a major museum after it allegedly asked him to take down works critical of the conservative government. Makoto Aida claims the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo asked him to pull an installation in which he apparently mocks the Japanese prime minister, and that they called it...

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In Video & Audio

ASIA NOW 2018 Makoto Aida (artist), Catherine David (Chief Curator, Deputy Director, Centre Pompidou) Related Video & Audio ASIA NOW 2018 Makoto Aida (artist), Catherine David (Chief Curator, Deputy Director, Centre Pompidou) ASIA NOW : 1 November 2018

Catherine David, Chief Curator and Deputy Director at the Centre Pompidou, and the artist Makoto Aida discuss his installation "Ground No Plan," which advocates a fictional architectural ideological movement including the environmental improvement of slums and the natural emergence of a self-built community, while asserting that it is an...

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Aida Makato 'Let us dream of evanescence and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things.' Related Video & Audio Aida Makato 'Let us dream of evanescence and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things.' Video courtesy of Mizuma Art Gallery : 15 August 2016

Mizuma Art Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of AIDA Makoto's solo exhibition Let us dream of evanescence, and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things, on Wednesday 6th July.For this exhibition, at the milestone age of 50 years, Aida takes up the challenge of a completely new set of techniques, forms and materials that he has...

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