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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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Tino Sehgal

b. 1976, United Kingdom

Born in London in 1976, the Berlin-based artist Tino Sehgal constructs situations that challenge conventional art-and-spectator relationships, focusing on the fleeting gestures and social subtleties of lived experience rather than on material objects. In Sehgal's works, "players" enact all manner of conversational or choreographic activities: Kiss (2002), for instance, involves two dancers in a gallery whose movements allude to various amorous scenes from throughout art history; while This Situation (2007) takes the form of a salon in which six players enact a conversation game in which each point begins with a statement from the history of political and social thought. Visitors are engaged to participate in the discussion that follows, and thereby help construct the endlessly renewable philosophical practice that the work generates.

Sehgal's practice has been shaped by his formative studies in dance and economics, and uses the museum and related institutions—galleries, art fairs, and private collections—as its arena. He considers visual art to be a microcosm of our economic reality, as both center on the production of goods and their subsequent circulation. Sehgal seeks to reconfigure these conditions by producing meaning and value through a transformation of actions rather than solid materials. Along similar lines, he refuses documentation of his work through photographs, film, or video—mediums that would reify his work's ephemeral situations and result in ancillary material products that could potentially be bought and sold. On the other hand, Sehgal does not subscribe to an ascetic, unrealistic ideal of a world without financial exchange: His situations may be bought and sold, and are infinitely repeatable. Through this delicate balancing act, Sehgal draws out difficult conversations about the function of art and possible new ways of understanding value, both aesthetic and economic.

Sehgal has had solo shows at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands (2004); Fundao Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2005); Kunstverein Hamburg, Germany; Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria; and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (all 2006); Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2006–07); MMK Frankfurt (2007); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2007); CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (ongoing since 2007); Trussardi Foundation, Villa Reale, Milan; and Magasin 3, Stockholm Konsthall (both 2008); and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010).

Source: Guggenheim.org

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Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Life to come at Metro Pictures, New York
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17 January–16 February 2019 Group Exhibition Life to come Metro Pictures, New York

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A Report from Gallery Weekend Berlin Ocula Report A Report from Gallery Weekend Berlin 19 May 2015 : Rachael Vance for Ocula

The 11th iteration of Gallery Weekend Berlin (1-3 May 2015) further strengthened the German capital’s standing within the contemporary art world. With forty-seven galleries in the official programme hosting new exhibitions, this year’s offering proved May is a particularly good month for art in Berlin.Museums and commercial...

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What to See in Art Galleries Right Now Related Press What to See in Art Galleries Right Now The New York Times : 29 May 2019

What to See in Art Galleries Right Now:Sanya Kantarovsky’s darkly funny eccentrics; Firelei Báez’s empowered mythologies; Chris Ofili’s Calypso; Tino Sehgal’s interpreters; and Carolee Schneemann’s cat collaborations.

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Living memory: Tino Sehgal takes over Paris's Palais de Tokyo with 300 performers, and a few friends Related Press Living memory: Tino Sehgal takes over Paris's Palais de Tokyo with 300 performers, and a few friends ARTNews : 26 October 2016

Passing through a curtain of shimmering, transparent beads, you enter a vast, bare white space with people milling about. Suddenly a young girl walks up to you, gazes into your eyes and leads you into a long, empty gallery. 'What is the enigma?' she asks. She guides you over to a slightly older person, a young woman, who interrogates you...

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Tino Sehgal dances across the line between art and life Related Press Tino Sehgal dances across the line between art and life Hyperallergic : 21 October 2016

It’s Monday, September 26, 2016, an unusually warm and humid autumn night. At the Palais Garnier, a dazzlingly lavish and eclectic Second Empire building located on the Boulevard des Capucines, four new works of dance and ballet are being premiered by Justin Peck, William Forsythe, Crystal Pite, and Tino Sehgal.

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Pierre Huyghe's eerie system fascinates in Tino Sehgal's Paris show Related Press Pierre Huyghe's eerie system fascinates in Tino Sehgal's Paris show The Art Newspaper : 20 October 2016

A site-specific installation about the development of cancer cells by the French artist Pierre Huyghe is becoming a major talking point of Tino Sehgal’s exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.Located in the contemporary art centre’s basement, Living/Cancer/Variator (2016) consists of a pool of water, leaking pipes, flickering...

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