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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Zhou Xiaohu

b. 1960, China

Zhou Xiaohu was one of the first contemporary artists in China to work experimentally with sculptural ideas of video and animation. With a background in sculpture, oil painting and graphic design, Zhou's work is a dynamic combination of these mediums, reflecting a world in which technology rules and the media is the pinnacle of propaganda and public influence.

Best known are Zhou Xiaohu's clay-mation sculptural installations that showcase meticulously worked video dramas taken from news stories and fictional events, enclosed inside sculptural sets composed of clay figurines (the 'characters' used in each clay-mation).  Referencing scenes of war, terrorism, international summit meetings, and natural disasters, Zhou satirizes the level of media-control in a digital age, in which public opinion can be manipulated through documented news, and where scenes of war, torture and famine have become commonplace and cease to shock.

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The Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum Ocula Report The Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum 17 Feb 2015 : Sam Gaskin for Ocula

Having been largely left to the weeds for the past five years, the former Shanghai World Expo 2010 site is finally being redeveloped. In the forest of scaffolding and cranes, one of the first finished projects is the China Minsheng Banking Corporation’s second art museum, the Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum. The M21, as it’s...

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In Related Press

Discussion on video art research in the context of globalisation: 'Time Test' is unveiled Related Press Discussion on video art research in the context of globalisation: 'Time Test' is unveiled CAFA ART INFO : 12 July 2016

At 2:30 pm on July 2, 2016, Time Test – International Video Art Research Exhibition was unveiled at CAFA Art Museum. The exhibition is jointly hosted by Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan, U.S.A. and CAFA Art Museum. In the axis of the development course of the video art, the project presents...

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CHINA 8: a survey of contemporary Chinese Art in Germany Related Press CHINA 8: a survey of contemporary Chinese Art in Germany CHINA 8 : 14 July 2015

Press release courtesy of CHINA 8.Eight cities along the Rhine and Ruhr, nine museums, around 120 artists - the CHINA 8 exhibition is the most comprehensive survey of contemporary Chinese art held in Germany to date. Alongside established artists, the positions of younger and newly emerging artists are also represented. Nine museums in...

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Germany opens its largest-ever show of modern Chinese art Related Press Germany opens its largest-ever show of modern Chinese art Deutsche Welle : 22 May 2015

There's never before been an exhibition of contemporary Chinese art of this magnitude: Eight cities, nine museums, 120 artists, 500 works. For audiences in Germany, the question is on the tip of their tongues: Just how much influence did Chinese officials play in the making of "China 8," which opens to the public on May 14 and...

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New Contemporary Art Museum Opens In Shanghai Related Press New Contemporary Art Museum Opens In Shanghai by Lisa Movius for The Art Newspaper / 19 Dec. 2014 : 23 December 2014

The Shanghai Twenty-First Century Minsheng Art Museum (M21) is the privately owned Minsheng Banking Corporation’s second and largest contemporary art museum in Shanghai. Housed in the former French Pavilion of the 2010 World Expo, designed by Jacques Ferrier as a temporary structure and overhauled into a museum by Zhu Pei, it is much further...

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