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Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’ Ocula Conversation Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’

A group of voices accompanies me in the exhibition. They are singing words I cannot comprehend, yet the warm tunes are familiar: folk songs, love songs, songs of longing. There are letters, too. They speak of the quotidian details of a soldier's life: the hardness of the war, sending money to the family, and longing for familiar landscapes, food,...

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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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Philip Metten

b. 1977, Belgium

In his practice Philip Metten freely moves between the respective media and regimes of sculpture and architecture, purposefully suspending disciplinary differences. Bringing together sculpture, drawing, interior and building design with kaleidoscopic intensity, the artist develops a visual language that espouses future with prehistory. As he draws upon references from ancient sculpture, modernist and postmodernist architecture, to science-fi film and experimental cinema, Metten presents us with works that can be read as either mask or architectural model, heraldic sign or urban topography, ancient emblem or futuristic insignia.

A daily drawing practice serves as the systemic foundation of Philip Metten's work. It engenders the basic schemes for his sculptures, prints, and wall reliefs, as well as for larger architectural projects, such as his solo show at Z33 art space in Hasselt, BE, Innercoma, 2010, the much-praised renovation of a bar in Antwerp, BE, Bar, 2013, the scenography for a group show in Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp, BE (The Corner Show, 2015), as well as for the facade of the Kai Matsumyia gallery in New York (153. Stanton, 2015). Most recently in Netwerk Aalst (2016) the artist showed a preliminary stage of ESSEN, an interior design for a restaurant in Borgerhout (BE) that is currently being constructed and will open its doors in 2018. ESSEN sees Metten returning to a drawing made in 2008, which he implements both sculpturally and architecturally while using the specific space of the prospective restaurant as his point of departure.

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Featured Artworks

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C-010818 by Philip Metten contemporary artwork
Philip MettenC-010818, 2018 Collage on paper
34.3 x 34.3 cm
Zeno X Gallery
C-020419 by Philip Metten contemporary artwork
Philip MettenC-020419, 2019 Collage on paper
134 x 134 cm
Zeno X Gallery
C-190319 by Philip Metten contemporary artwork
Philip MettenC-190319, 2019 Collage on paper
45.2 x 11.8 x 18 cm
Zeno X Gallery
C-270219 by Philip Metten contemporary artwork
Philip MettenC-270219, 2019 Collage on paper
134 x 134 cm
Zeno X Gallery
C-210119 by Philip Metten contemporary artwork
Philip MettenC-210119, 2019 Collage on paper
11.3 x 10.5 cm
Zeno X Gallery
CINEMA by Philip Metten contemporary artwork
Philip MettenCINEMA, 2017 Aluminium, wood, Plexiglass and fluorescent lamps
Zeno X Gallery
C-070718 by Philip Metten contemporary artwork
Philip MettenC-070718, 2018 Collage on paper
32 x 31.6 cm
Zeno X Gallery
C-290818 by Philip Metten contemporary artwork
Philip MettenC-290818, 2018 Collage on paper
32.9 x 32.9 cm
Zeno X Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Philip Metten, Philip Metten at Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp
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17 May–29 June 2019 Philip Metten Philip Metten Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, Group Show at Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp
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23 January–23 February 2019 Group Show Group Show Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, Works On Paper II at Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp
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7 March–28 April 2018 Group Show Works On Paper II Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp

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