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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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Tobias Rehberger ‘If You Don’t Use Your Eyes To See You Will Use Them To Cry’ RAM Shanghai

Chris More Ran Dian First published on 2 May 2019

Exhibition view: Tobias Rehberger, If you Don't Use Your Eyes To See You Will Use Them To Cry, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (23 March–26 May 2019).

Have a butchers. It's Cockney Rhyming slang: 'butcher's hook' = have a look. Hung on RAM's façade is a neon sign melding the Chinese and English words for butcher. Inside is the butchery, a tiled black and white jagged-stripy Delicatessen counter with a generous array of cold cuts and jellied offal (Blackbird's Rockbund Art Museum Butcher Shop, 2019, metal, paint, neon tubes, LED acrylic, and control system). Pig's heads ogle me. What do they want? Are they threatening or offering? I can't decide, can't refuse. 'To butcher' also means to massacre. In 2009 Tobias Rehberger was awarded the Golden Lion as best artist in the 'Making Worlds' exhibition at the 53rd Venice Biennale. He had a bar there. In Czechia, before the Christmas feast you are meant to starve yourself. If really you're famished, it is said you will see a golden pig and this is a sign of luck. According to the Chinese zodiac, 2019 is the year of the golden pig, which is particularly auspicious, particularly lucky. Because you eat what you kill. And you kill what you paint.

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