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Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global Ocula Conversation Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global

French gallerist Almine Rech-Picasso opened her first space in Asia on Shanghai's historic Bund in July this year, bringing her eponymous gallery's total locations to five. The Shanghai gallery occupies roughly 4,000 square feet on the second floor of the three-storey Amber Building, a beautiful warehouse space, originally occupied by the Central...

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From the Gallery to the Streets: Home Works 8 in Beirut Ocula Report From the Gallery to the Streets: Home Works 8 in Beirut 8 Nov 2019 : Nat Muller for Ocula

There's an inside joke amongst the team of Ashkal Alwan, The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts: that every time an edition of its biennial forum on cultural practices is planned, a national crisis happens. The eighth edition of Home Works was no different: it opened on 17 October amidst the most devastating wildfires that Lebanon had witnessed...

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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, Balthasar Burkhard, Tony Cragg, Alberto Garutti, Joel Sternfeld, On Landscape at Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
8 November 2019–11 January 2020 Balthasar Burkhard, Tony Cragg, Alberto Garutti, Joel Sternfeld On Landscape Buchmann Galerie, Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Angela De La Cruz, Layers at Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
26 October 2019–11 January 2020 Angela De La Cruz Layers Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Ryan Mosley, A planets revolution at Galerie EIGEN + ART, Berlin
24 October–30 November 2019 Ryan Mosley A planets revolution Galerie EIGEN + ART, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Aitor Ortiz, Expanded Photography 2002–2019 at Galerie Springer Berlin, Berlin
28 September 2019–11 January 2020 Aitor Ortiz Expanded Photography 2002–2019 Galerie Springer Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Hanne Darboven, Erdkunde und (Süd-) Koreanischer Kalender at Sprüth Magers, Berlin
12 September–21 December 2019 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–21 December 2019 Ryan Trecartin Re'Search Wait’S Sprüth Magers, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Jutta Koether, Early Works 1982-1992 at Galerie Buchholz, Berlin
22 November 2019–25 January 2020 Jutta Koether Early Works 1982-1992 Galerie Buchholz, Berlin

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Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung Ocula Conversation Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung

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 Artistic Director, Times Art Center 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 14 Dec 2018 : Pia Chakraverti-Wuerthwein for Ocula

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 references...

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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’ 22 Jun 2018 : Mohammad Salemy for Ocula

'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 camouflage...

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Gabi Ngcobo Ocula Conversation Gabi Ngcobo Curator, 10th Berlin Biennale

To those familiar with the work of artist and curator Gabi Ngcobo, it is not surprising that We don't need another hero, the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (9 June–9 September 2018), resisted the desire for a single heroic conclusion. As the exhibition's curator, Ngcobo sought to create a 'multi-layered referential space' with its own...

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Arthur Jafa at Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin: Viewpoint Ocula Report Arthur Jafa at Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin: Viewpoint 17 May 2018 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

Arthur Jafa is a brilliant filmmaker, cinematographer and artist, whose practice is concerned with identifying and developing a specifically Black visual aesthetic. His work tackles the complexity of African-American cultural identity, as defined by an existential paradox that places the Black subject 'in essential intimacy with death', as Saidiya...

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Berlin’s Gallery Weekend: Body Conscious Ocula Report Berlin’s Gallery Weekend: Body Conscious 4 May 2018 : Mitch Speed for Ocula

What do you need, in order to arrange a perfect storm of an artistic encounter, like Gallery Weekend Berlin (27–29 April 2018)? Galleries and a weekend, that much is obvious; but it's the next question that gets me. How does this Gallery Weekend differ from the other 50-odd weekends when art is exhibited throughout the year, in any given place?The...

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The Lowdown: shows to see during Gallery Weekend Berlin Ocula Report The Lowdown: shows to see during Gallery Weekend Berlin 20 Apr 2018 : Phoebe Blatton for Ocula

Gallery Weekend Berlin is a long-established highlight in the German art world's calendar. This year, the fourteenth edition takes place from 27 to 29 April, and features no less than 47 participating galleries showcasing emerging talent alongside established names. With many other exhibitions and events taking place across one of Europe's most...

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

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 Galerie Thomas Schulte : 26 April 2019

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 Art in America : 1 April 2019

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 Berlin Art Link : 8 January 2019

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” Art Agenda : 5 July 2018

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 ARTnews : 7 June 2018

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 Collectors Agenda : 30 November 2017

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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Working on history: Contemporary Chinese Photography and the Chinese Revolution Related Press Working on history: Contemporary Chinese Photography and the Chinese Revolution ArtAsiaPacific* : 2 November 2017

The group show Working on History at Museum für Fotografie (Museum for Photography) in Berlin was an ambitious undertaking that examined 20th-century history, particularly that of China, through the photographic lens. With a stunning assemblage of 18 artists and helmed by renowned museum director Ludger Derenthal, CAFAM director Wang Huangshen and...

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About Berlin

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.

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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