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Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director Ocula Conversation Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director

Pierre Huyghe is a producer of spectacular and memorable enigmas, with works that function more like mirages than as objects. Abyssal Plain (2015–ongoing), his contribution to the 2015 Istanbul Biennial, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, was installed on the seabed of the Marmara Sea, some 20 metres below the surface of the water and close to...

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MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern Ocula Report MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern 29 Nov 2019 : Mohammad Salemy for Ocula

In the early decades of its existence, New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, transformed from a philanthropic project modestly housed in a few rooms of the Heckscher Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, to an alleged operating node in the United States' cultural struggle during the cold war, and one of the...

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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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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, Estruturas Encontradas [Found Structures] at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
2 December 2019–15 February 2020 Group Show Estruturas Encontradas [Found Structures] Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
Contemporary art exhibition, Vik Muniz, Superfícies at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
24 October 2019–30 January 2020 Vik Muniz Superfícies Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo

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São Paulo Art Weekend: Shows to See Ocula Report São Paulo Art Weekend: Shows to See 1 Nov 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

Organised by the non-profit organisation ABACT (Brazilian Association of Contemporary Art), Art Weekend São Paulo returns between 8 and 10 November for its fourth edition to showcase the best of art in Brazil and beyond.Mimi Lauter: Après nous le délugeMendes Wood DM, Rua da Consolação 3358, Jardins24 August–10 November 2019Oily pastel pieces...

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33rd Bienal de São Paulo: Affective Affinities Ocula Report 33rd Bienal de São Paulo: Affective Affinities 14 Sep 2018 : Camila Bechelany for Ocula

Founded in 1951, the Bienal de São Paulo is the second oldest biennial in the world after the Venice Biennale, which was founded in 1895. Today, the Bienal sits comfortably as the largest art exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere: the 2016 edition received over 900 thousand visitors, and the event has been credited with generating approximately 300...

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Commentary and Process: SP-Arte 2018 Ocula Report Commentary and Process: SP-Arte 2018 20 Apr 2018 : Camila Belchior for Ocula

São Paulo's 14th SP-Arte (11–15 April 2018) extended far beyond the Oscar Niemeyer-designed Bienal Pavilion, which housed more than 160 exhibitors for the event this year, filling the city with exhibitions, talks, performances, studio visits and visits to private collections. As in previous years, 'Gallery Night' kicked off the week with galleries...

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SP-Arte 2018 Ocula Photolog SP-Arte 2018 16 April 2018

'SP-Arte 2018 is a vibrant art festival across Latin America's largest cultural capital that brings together together renowned art and design galleries, performances, talks, book launches and awards for its 14th edition with over 160 exhibitors from 15different countries and numerous events at various cultural spaces throughout São Paulo.'...

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Southern Panoramas: 20th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil Ocula Report Southern Panoramas: 20th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil 21 Nov 2017 : Camila Belchior for Ocula

Instability has become a constant in the world today, with disputes and crises (ecological, political and cultural) revealing the urgent need to challenge current dynamics of power and reshape the outdated structures and systems that have organised societies in recent history. In this moment of flux, the 20th Contemporary Art Festival...

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Ocula Report: SP-Arte 2016 Ocula Report Ocula Report: SP-Arte 2016 26 Apr 2016 : Camila Belchior for Ocula

In amidst so much scandalous news coming out of Brazil about its deep rooted corruption, plummeting GDP, rocketing inflation and the recent Congressional vote for president Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment, there is good news from SP-Arte, the country’s international modern and contemporary art fair.Oscar Niemeyer’s Bienal...

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SP-Arte 2016 Ocula Photolog SP-Arte 2016 11 April 2016

For five days, the emblematic Bienal Pavilion hosted talks about art, as well as the presence of magazines,publishers and book launchings, comprising an overview of the contemporary circuit. Renowned galleries showcase more than 2,000 artists from Brazil and abroad, and come together annually in a creative event for collectors, professionals and...

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Borderline: A Report from the 19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil Ocula Report Borderline: A Report from the 19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil 20 Nov 2015 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

'What’s the ‘Global South' anyway?' asked one of the 62 artists taking part in the 19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil to another. ‘I don’t know,’ the other responded: ‘Is it about everything but the West!?’ It’s never clear these days. As Videobrasil’s curatorial...

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sérgio sister | Imagens de uma juventude pop – pinturas políticas e desenhos da prisão Related Video & Audio sérgio sister | Imagens de uma juventude pop – pinturas políticas e desenhos da prisão Galeria Nara Roesler : 12 August 2019

A Galeria Nara Roesler | São Paulo apresenta Imagens de uma juventude pop–pinturas políticas e desenhos da cadeia, quarta individual de Sérgio Sister na sede paulista da galeria. Acompanhada de texto de Camila Bechelany, a mostra reúne pela primeira vez um número significativo de obras pouco conhecidas pelo público – produzidas entre 1966 e 1971 –,...

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raul mourão | introdução à teoria dos opostos absolutos | galeria nara roesler Related Video & Audio raul mourão | introdução à teoria dos opostos absolutos | galeria nara roesler Galeria Nara Roesler : 23 May 2019

Introdução à teoria dos opostos absolutos, terceira individual de Raul Mourão na galeria, é repleta de antagonismos e reafirma a produção multimídia do artista–composta de esculturas, fotografias, pinturas e vídeos–incorporando comentários poéticos sobre o caos social e político atual.Com texto de Guilherme Wisnik, a mostra é dedicada a três...

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Dan Graham at Galeria Nara Roesler São Paulo Related Press Dan Graham at Galeria Nara Roesler São Paulo Artefuse : 12 September 2017

The first exhibition of Graham's work at Galeria Nara Roesler features Pavilion (2016), a new work created specifically for the occasion, in addition to six untitled maquettes (2011-2016) and the video work Death by Chocolate: West Edmonton Shopping Mall (1986-2005). Parallel to the exhibition, the Museum of Image and Sound will screen two of the...

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São Paulo Biennial: 'Living Uncertainty' Related Press São Paulo Biennial: 'Living Uncertainty' Aesthetica Magazine : 24 November 2016

According to Dutch chemist Paul Crutzen (1995 Nobel Prize winner for his studies on the ozone shield) we are entering a new geological era: the Anthropocene Age, in which humans and their intense technical-scientific transformations replaced nature as the prevailing environmental force on Earth. Researchers have found several evidences to prove...

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Vik Muniz at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo Related Press Vik Muniz at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo Artforum : 6 October 2016

Vik Muniz’s latest collages are a rare foray into lighthearted abstraction, with swaths of bright color, and textures produced by simple arts-and-crafts processes. Frames enclose sheets of paper that have been crumpled, torn, and layered; punched with holes, stitched with yarn, festooned with ribbons—or so it seems. Each of the works is...

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'Live Uncertainty': The 32nd Bienal de São Paulo Related Press 'Live Uncertainty': The 32nd Bienal de São Paulo Art Agenda : 16 September 2016

Almost a year ago, when chief curator Jochen Volz announced his proposal for the 32nd edition of the Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil was already undergoing a severe political crisis, with the country split between those who supported the democratically elected coalition government and those who called for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff....

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Vik Muniz' artistic sleight of hand at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo Related Press Vik Muniz' artistic sleight of hand at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo MutualArt : 2 September 2016

“Magic's an art where you use sleight of hand or illusion to create wonder,” said the American illusionist David Blaine. His words could concisely describe acclaimed Brazilian artist Vik Muniz, who has drawn clouds in the sky above Manhattan, painted portraits of children out of sugar, and recreated masterpieces using thread or...

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Playgrounds 2016: MASP, São Paulo Related Press Playgrounds 2016: MASP, São Paulo Flash Art : 12 July 2016

Playgrounds 2016, co-curated with Julieta Gonzales and Luiza Proença, presents works — by Ernesto Neto, Yto Barrada, Céline Condorelli, Rasheed Araeen, Grupo Contrafilé, and O Grupo Inteiro — that address subjects such as public space, leisure, recreation and participation.

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About São Paulo

Brazil's financial hub of São Paulo is home to a dynamic arts scene, with galleries, museums, and art festivals aplenty. The second oldest biennial in the world after the Venice Biennale, Bienal de São Paulo is a staple in the city's annual programme alongside the art fair, SP-Arte, founded in 2005. Further to its thriving gallery community, the Lina Bo Bardi-designed Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) guarantees access to some of the best of art from Brazil and beyond.

The Bienal de São Paulo takes place each year in the Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion, originally designed by Oscar Niemeyer in 1957. Since its founding in 1951, the biennial has remained one of the most important large-scale art exhibitions in Brazil and provides a platform for year-round activities at its pavilion, including lectures, seminars, and training sessions for teachers. Likewise, MASP offers an important programme of international and Brazilian art from its a striking modernist building in glass and concrete, elevated by two monumental red frames. MASP was relocated to Avenida Paulista in 1968 from its original location downtown, and contains around 8,000 works, primarily of the post-war period.

A number of cultural institutions have joined MASP on Avenida Paulista in recent years, owing to a decision in 2015 by the city's authorities to render the avenue car-free on Sundays, thereby increasing accessibility. One such institution is the Moreira Salles Institute (IMS), which boasts free admission to its seven-story gallery, which opened in 2017. A gift to the city from the foundation of banker and art collector Walter Moreira Salles, IMS includes a photography library, cinema, and lecture halls, with major exhibitions including Richard Serra's first public sculpture in Latin America, Echo (2019), and Irving Penn: Centennial, a travelling retrospective to mark the centenary of the photographer's birth, first organised by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2017.

The Fernanda Feitosa-founded SP-Arte describes itself as 'Brazil's main platform for arts dissemination and commerce', attracting key international and Brazilian galleries, including David Zwirner, Galeria Luisa Strina, Galeria Nara Roesler, Lisson Gallery, Fortes d'Aloia & Gabriel, and neugerriemschneider, of the 124 that participated in its April 2019 edition. An established community of collectors in Brazil supports the regional art scene, with São Paulo's galleries catering to this community. Mainstays include Luciana Brito Galeria, housed in a Rino Levi-designed villa from 1958, surrounded by lush tropical vegetation—an accompaniment to many of the city's galleries, including Mendes Wood DM, which was founded in 2010 by Felipe Dmab and has branches in Brussels and New York. The gallery aims to provide a 'kunsthalle' structure in the city, by bringing international artists such as Alvaro Barrington, Francesca Woodman, Neïl Beloufa, Michael Dean, Otobong Nkanga, and Kishio Suga. A ten-minute drive away, near the Italian neighbourhood of Bela Vista, Galeria Jaqueline Martins fosters 'research-oriented conceptualist practices characterized by critical, even subversive, approaches'. A host of other galleries have cropped up in the city over the last two decades, including the not-for-profit Galeria Vermelho, which presents works by artists and theoreticians, fostering dialogue around the field of performance, while Choque Cultural presents subversive exhibitions around 'underground culture, showing pop, outsider & young art in original style' since 2004. Choque Cultural is also an established publisher, creating screen print editions in collaboration with artists.

Just over a 15-minute walk away from Choque Cultural, the Instituto Tomie Ohtake provides the opportunity to view works by Japanese-Brazilian informal abstractionist Tomie Ohtake, who arrived in Brazil from Kyoto in 1936, and became an important figure in São Paulo's art scene from the 1950s right up until her death in 2015. The institute provides a platform to understand Ohtake's practice within artistic developments of the last six decades and earlier, and has staged exhibitions by artists including Louise Bourgeois, Josef Albers, Yayoi Kusama, and more.

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