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Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History Ocula Conversation
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Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History By Ruth McDougall, Sydney

Artist Taloi Havini and Ruth McDougall, curator of Pacific art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, discuss Havini's first Australian solo exhibition, Reclamation .

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Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere Ocula Report Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere By Soo-Min Shim, Sydney

'This year's Biennale of Sydney seems like a corrective,' writes Soo-Min Shim, 'prioritising autonomy in an international exhibition format that has all too often omitted or sidelined First Nations artists.'

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Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 Ocula Insight Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 By Stephanie Bailey, London

In the United States, parallels have been drawn between the HIV/AIDS crisis and what is unfolding with Covid-19. These connections feed into P·P·O·W's online exhibition, Hell is a Place on Earth. Heaven is a Place in Your Head .

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Austria

Vienna: A City of Contemporary Art and History

Austria's capital, Vienna boasts a prestigious intellectual and artistic heritage, and a sophisticated contemporary art scene. Home to Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Adolf Loos, not to mention Mozart, Beethoven, and Freud, this European cultural hub on the Danube teems with prominent historical and contemporary art institutions set amidst the 13th-century imperial palace of the Habsburgs and early-20th-century Art Nouveau landmarks.

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The cultural past and present of Vienna are respectively encapsulated in the locations of the Museums Quartier, where the museums that house much of Vienna's historical art collections can be found, and the Brotfabrik (the former Anker Bread Factory), where various contemporary art institutions are gathered to form the powerhouse of Vienna's art scene.

Austria and Europe's art heritage, from neo-classical to pop art can be traced through institutions such as the Leopold and Belvedere Museums, the Museums of Fine Arts and Applied Arts, the Secession building (with its iconic golden dome), Kunst Haus Wien, and mumok. Major institutions such as Kunsthalle Wien, in addition to 21er Haus, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, and smaller galleries like Galerie Krinzinger provide support, inspiration, and exhibition space for Austrian and international contemporary artists in Vienna. Some galleries, such as Galerie nächst St. Stephan, have been supporting the avant-garde for many decades, while others are new to the scene.

Photography and design traditionally remain a strong interest in Vienna. A number of the galleries in the Brotfabrik (OstLicht, Anzenberger Gallery, Galerie Photon) focus on contemporary photography. Nonetheless, hosting the annual Vienna Contemporary international art fair, the city is exposed to and influenced by a range of international art trends. Held for a week in Autumn, the fair focuses on the art of Central Europe, enticing international collectors and artists alike.

Art on the streets of Vienna is also a common sight. Public art by Austrian and international artists ranging from sculpture to graffiti murals is scattered liberally around the public spaces of the city. Over the past 20 years international artists and leading Austrian masters have provided art for the U-bahn (the city's subway) in the form of mosaic murals, sculpture, and installation.

Past Exhibitions In Vienna

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, AIR 2019 at Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna
25 February–28 March 2020 Group Exhibition AIR 2019 Galerie Krinzinger, Krinzinger Projekte
Contemporary art exhibition, Thomas Zipp, world health. Mental health 2020 at Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna
21 February–27 March 2020 Thomas Zipp world health. Mental health 2020 Galerie Krinzinger

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What, How & for Whom: Kunsthalle Wien's Collective of Artistic Directors Ocula Conversation What, How & for Whom: Kunsthalle Wien's Collective of Artistic Directors By Mirela Baciak, Vienna

Having launched their first exhibition ... of bread, wine, cars, security and peace on International Women's Day, the collective What, How & for Whom discuss the challenges of transforming an art institution.

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