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Cinga Samson: ‘a different conversation on representation’ Ocula Conversation Cinga Samson: ‘a different conversation on representation’ By Jareh Das, New York

Cinga Samson 's paintings lay bare the complex relationship between contemporary life, African traditions, globalisation, and representation. His strikingly sombre portraits contain similarities to those of contemporary painters such as Toyin Ojih Odutola, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye , Kehinde Wiley , Florine Démosthène, and Tunji...

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Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements Ocula Report Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements By Radha Mahendru, Dhaka

Seismic Movements , the fifth Dhaka Art Summit, plotted movements, solidarities, and exchanges across the Global South with over 500 artists, scholars, curators, and thinkers.

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Danh Vo at Winsing Art Place, Taipei: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight
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Danh Vo at Winsing Art Place, Taipei: Exhibition Walkthrough

At the freshly opened Winsing Art Place in Taipei, works by Vietnamese-Danish artist Danh Vo are being presented in Taiwan for the first time. In this video, the founder of Winsing Arts Foundation, Jenny Yeh, introduces Vo's exhibition.

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Contemporary art exhibition, Georges Rousse, UTOPIA at Galerie Springer Berlin, Berlin
25 February–4 July 2020 Georges Rousse UTOPIA Galerie Springer Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Peter Bialobrzeski, Early Works – Analogue at Galerie Albrecht, Berlin
21 February–25 April 2020 Peter Bialobrzeski Early Works – Analogue Galerie Albrecht, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Im Heimweh ist ein blauer Saal (In Homesickness is a Blue Room) at Zilberman Gallery, Berlin
20 February–4 April 2020 Group Exhibition Im Heimweh ist ein blauer Saal (In Homesickness is a Blue Room) Zilberman Gallery, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Silke Otto-Knapp, What are the directions on a map? at Galerie Buchholz, Berlin
14 February–11 April 2020 Silke Otto-Knapp What are the directions on a map? Galerie Buchholz, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Moyra Davey & Peter Hujar, Moyra Davey & Peter Hujar at Galerie Buchholz, Berlin
13 February–11 April 2020 Moyra Davey & Peter Hujar Galerie Buchholz, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Elisabeth Frieberg, White Black Death Gold at KEWENIG, Berlin
8 February–4 April 2020 Elisabeth Frieberg White Black Death Gold KEWENIG, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Johanna Dumet, Room #2 at KEWENIG, Berlin
7–29 February 2020 Johanna Dumet Room #2 KEWENIG, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, William Tucker, William Tucker – Figure Advancing at Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
31 January–7 March 2020 William Tucker William Tucker – Figure Advancing Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Haptic Feedback at Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
18 January–29 February 2020 Group Exhibition Haptic Feedback Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Hanne Darboven, Erdkunde und (Süd-) Koreanischer Kalender at Sprüth Magers, Berlin
12 September 2019–29 February 2020 Hanne Darboven Erdkunde und (Süd-) Koreanischer Kalender Sprüth Magers, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Ryan Trecartin, Re'Search Wait’S at Sprüth Magers, Berlin
12 September 2019–4 April 2020 Ryan Trecartin Re'Search Wait’S Sprüth Magers, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Mapplethorpe, Selected by Robert Wilson at Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
7 March–18 April 2020 Robert Mapplethorpe Selected by Robert Wilson Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Richard Artschwager, New Mexico at Sprüth Magers, Berlin
11 March–4 April 2020 Richard Artschwager New Mexico Sprüth Magers, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Mapplethorpe, X Y Z Portfolios at Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
14 March–18 April 2020 Robert Mapplethorpe X Y Z Portfolios Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin

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transmediale Artistic Director Kristoffer Gansing Looks Back Ocula Conversation transmediale Artistic Director Kristoffer Gansing Looks Back By Terence Sharpe, Berlin

Kristoffer Gansing traces eight years of change at Berlin's digital media and culture festival transmediale, as his final iteration as artistic director, End to End , opens 28 January.

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Images from Abroad: Lada Nakonechna at Galerie EIGEN + ART Ocula Insight Images from Abroad: Lada Nakonechna at Galerie EIGEN + ART By Phoebe Blatton, Berlin

Images from abroad , Lada Nakonechna's solo exhibition at Galerie EIGEN + ART in Berlin, considers the barriers that exist between depictions of conflict and their viewers.

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Maria Loboda’s Historical Constellations in Berlin Ocula Insight Maria Loboda’s Historical Constellations in Berlin By Sarah Messerschmidt, Berlin

It is a dull and grey November afternoon, typical of weather in Berlin at this time of year, and Maria Loboda 's exhibition, Woman observing the Alpha Persei Cluster , at Galerie Thomas Schulte (16 November 2019–11 January 2020) appears particularly striking in contrast to these dreary climactic conditions. Occupying the street-facing...

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Christina Ramberg and the Making of Husbands Ocula Insight Christina Ramberg and the Making of Husbands By Sarah Messerschmidt, Berlin

The Making of Husbands: Christina Ramberg in Dialogue is an apt title for this exhibition at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin (14 September 2019–5 January 2020), which revolves around the work of Chicago Imagist Christina Ramberg. Borrowed from a BBC documentary, the title implies that gender roles are constructs, which...

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Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung Ocula Conversation Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung By Mohammad Salemy and Patrick Schabus, Berlin

Curator Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung has been living on and off in Berlin since 1997, where he founded the self-organised art institution SAVVY Contemporary—The Laboratory of Form-Ideas in 2009. Early exhibitions include Understatement/Hyperbole (13 February–13 March 2010), with works by Soavina Ramaroson and Petra Lottje; Arctic Heat...

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Xi Bei Ocula Conversation Xi Bei By Pia Chakraverti-Würthwein, Berlin

Times Art Center Berlin is a non-profit art institution located in the Potsdamer Strasse Art District of Berlin . It was founded in July 2018 by the Guangdong Times Museum , a non-profit private art museum in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region of China, making this the first parallel institution founded overseas by an Asia-based art museum. Its...

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Beatriz González at KW Institute for Contemporary Art: In Focus Ocula Report Beatriz González at KW Institute for Contemporary Art: In Focus By Pia Chakraverti-Wuerthwein, Berlin

Retrospective 1965–2017 , Beatriz González's exhibition at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin (13 October 2018–6 January 2019), presents a selection of 120 works that bear witness to Colombia's political and social upheavals of the last 50 years. Throughout, the link between González's practice and the sociopolitical context it...

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10th Berlin Biennale: ‘Let’s be clear; we are at war’ Ocula Report 10th Berlin Biennale: ‘Let’s be clear; we are at war’ By Mohammad Salemy, Berlin

'Let's be clear; we are at war.' These were Gabi Ngcobo 's defiant words at the press conference for the tenth edition of the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, which she curated: We don't need another hero (9 June–9 September 2018). This militant theme was highlighted by designer Maziyar Pahlevan, through the incorporation of dazzle...

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Angela de la Cruz spoke to Louisa Elderton about her exhibition at Galerie Thomas Schulte, August 2019 Related Video & Audio Angela de la Cruz spoke to Louisa Elderton about her exhibition at Galerie Thomas Schulte, August 2019 10 December 2019, Galerie Thomas Schulte

On the occasion of her exhibition Layers at Galerie Thomas Schulte (26 October 2019 to 11 January 2020), Angela de la Cruz spoke to Louisa Elderton about her choice of a minimalist display mirroring the feeling of experiencing the end of a party when the guests are leaving and the feeling of being at the end of an era not knowing what's to come...

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The Black Image Corporation: An Identity Archive Related Press The Black Image Corporation: An Identity Archive 27 May 2019, Berlin Art Link

Behind the grand wrought-iron doors of Gropius Bau's first floor gallery, Chicago artist Theaster Gates presents the legacy of Johnson Publishing Company in an archival photo exhibition honouring the power behind images of black female beauty and culture in post-war America.

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Jonathan Lasker, 'Recent Paintings', 2019 Related Video & Audio Jonathan Lasker, 'Recent Paintings', 2019 26 April 2019, Galerie Thomas Schulte

Ahead of his upcoming show Recent Paintings at Galerie Thomas Schulte, Jonathan Lasker discusses the process of his paintings in his New York studio.

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Julia Scher at Esther Schipper Related Press Julia Scher at Esther Schipper 1 April 2019, Art in America

We willfully engage in acts of self-surveillance, argues communications scholar Sun-ha Hong, as the result of a certain 'technological fantasy ... that machines will know us better than we know ourselves, [demonstrating] a kind of "knowing" that embraces modernity's epistemic virtues of accuracy and objectivity.'

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John Bock’s Journey Through Alternate Perceptions Related Press John Bock’s Journey Through Alternate Perceptions 8 January 2019, Berlin Art Link

John Bock’s solo exhibition Unheil blurs these boundaries of perception, first with his film Unheil (Mischief) and then with his installation, which throws us into the setting of the film and further opens the convoluted space of truth and fiction.

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Louise Bourgeois’s “The Empty House” Related Press Louise Bourgeois’s “The Empty House” 5 July 2018, Art Agenda

It's intimidating to review the work of an artist the stature of Louise Bourgeois, about whom so much has been written, to whom so much has been ascribed. Bourgeois's life spanned nearly the entire twentieth century and helped redefine what a (feminist) artistic practice can be, how art can intertwine with life.

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'We Had to Create Something New': Klaus Biesenbach on Inventing the Berlin Biennale Related Press 'We Had to Create Something New': Klaus Biesenbach on Inventing the Berlin Biennale 7 June 2018, ARTnews

Many of the art spaces in early '90s Berlin were located in vacant, abandoned, often ruined buildings that artists had taken over. Artists were running studio collectives and co-ops, outfitting surprising storefronts, and creating nightclubs and music programs. One very influential artist for me was Daniel Pflumm, who was organizing the...

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In the Studio  Secundino Hernandez Related Press In the Studio Secundino Hernandez 30 November 2017, Collectors Agenda

When searching for painters who are making their mark at the moment it is almost impossible to overlook the Spanish artist Secundino Hernandez who splits his time between Berlin and Madrid. Over the last years, his direct approach to painting has made a strong impression on collectors. He is creating canvases with a powerful presence of physical...

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The culturally rich city of Berlin is crawling with art museums, galleries, and alternative spaces. Notable private collections of international contemporary art include the Boros Collection, consisting of works by artists such as Olafur Eliasson, Danh Vō, and Sarah Lucas, housed in a former bunker and the Julia Stoschek Collection, which focuses on time-based works by artists such as Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Barbara Hammer, and Arthur Jafa.

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One of the better-known museums for contemporary art is the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, founded in the 1990s by a group that included Klaus Biesenbach, currently the Director of MOCA Los Angeles. Without a permanent collection, the KW Institute showcases eclectic exhibitions and programs that respond to social and political issues. In 1998, it partnered with the inaugural Berlin Biennale and continues to be a key venue for the Biennale. Like the KW Institute, the Biennale is known for its alternative, critical, and radical (often anti-institutional) ethos.

For a more traditional museum experience featuring antiquities classics, visit the Pergamonmuseum, which was built between 1910 and 1930. The museum is divided into three collections: the Antikensammlung (Collection of Classical Antiquities), the Vorderasiatisches Museum (Museum of the Ancient Near East), and the Museum für Islamische Kunst (Museum of Islamic Art). Works in the Museum of Islamic Art date from the 7th to the 19th century.

The Alte Nationalgalerie, which offers Neoclassical, Romantic, Impressionist, and Modernist works, is part of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. It is located on a UNESCO World Heritage site known as the Museumsinsel (Museum Island), which is home to other museums including the Pergamonmuseum and the Bode-Museum, the latter of which hosts a fantastic collection of ancient sculptures and Byzantine Art.

Outside of alternative spaces, private collections, and Museum Island, it is imperative to go gallery-hopping in one of the most exciting cities for dealer galleries. Favourites and international stars include Sprüth Magers, Peres Projects, and Tanya Leighton. A city known for its artist population and non-normative art venues, Berlin is constantly in flux.

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