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Thao Nguyen Phan: Dangerous Optimism Ocula Conversation Thao Nguyen Phan: Dangerous Optimism Tessa Moldan, Brussels

With Monsoon Melody on view at WIELS, Brussels, her largest solo exhibition to date, Thao Nguyen Phan discusses her transition to film to explore colonial legacies and ecological destruction in Vietnam.

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Frieze Los Angeles: Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Los Angeles: Shows to See Tessa Moldan, Los Angeles

Los Angeles' art scene has a lot to offer during Frieze Los Angeles, with galleries, non-profits, and museums gearing up for the fair's second edition between 14 and 17 February 2020. In this Ocula Lowdown, Tessa Moldan lists a selection of the city's must-see shows.

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Jaki Irvine's Manifesto on Life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin Ocula Insight Jaki Irvine's Manifesto on Life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin Apoorva Rajagopal, Dublin

Ack Ro' , Jaki Irvine's reflection on the fragility of life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, is an 'ambitious, holistic installation' staged like a 'wild disarray of interconnected yet fragmented pieces'.

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Tel Aviv: an insight into the art scene Ocula Insight Tel Aviv: an insight into the art scene Diana d'Arenberg

A tiny country, slightly smaller than New Jersey, and not yet 70 years old, Israel's contribution to the international contemporary art scene is mainly overshadowed by ongoing and seemingly never-ending conflict. But returning recently after a 15-year absence, I found myself taking in more art than I had anticipated, although I had barely...

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June Yap Ocula Conversation June Yap

Launched in April 2012, the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative charts contemporary art in South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia is the Initiative’s inaugural exhibition. Initially shown in New York, (22 February–22 May 2013), the...

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Elmgreen and Dragset on disrupting art's status quo Related Press Elmgreen and Dragset on disrupting art's status quo 17 April 2016, AnOther

Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset have been challenging staid ways of contemplating art and its institutions, society and its systems, for over two decades. Employing sculpture, installation, performance and architecture, their collaborative art practice confronts dogma and habituality through subversive agitation. Though based in Berlin, the...

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Auto-biography: Elmgreen & Dragset present 'Powerless Structures' in Tel Aviv Related Press Auto-biography: Elmgreen & Dragset present 'Powerless Structures' in Tel Aviv 25 March 2016, Wallpaper

The London-and-Berlin-based duo Elmgreen & Dragset will be opening their first show ever in Israel on 31 March, at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. The exhibition comprises the third part of a trilogy – previous chapters took place at the Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo and the National Gallery of Denmark in Copenhagen. This site-specific...

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This Tel Aviv Art Guide goes beyond the historic city's world-famous street art scene, to spotlight the museums, galleries, and non-profit centres that are making Tel Aviv second to Berlin for art and culture.

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Tel Aviv's 'White City'—located in the central area of Lev Ha'ir—is named so for the presence of over 4,000 white Bauhaus buildings that have given it UNESCO World Heritage status. At the centre of this is the Bauhaus Center, a must-see among Tel Aviv art museums, providing a platform for understanding the history of the White City. Guided tours take place every Friday at 10am. The area is also home to a collection of Tel Aviv art galleries promoting works by Israeli artists, including Somner Gallery, founded in 1999 and located on Rothschild Boulevard, whose 'S2' project space holds small-scale exhibitions curated by the exhibiting artists themselves. Nearby galleries include Hezi Cohen Gallery, Urban Gallery, and Noga Gallery, which, like Somner Gallery, has a dedicated space for exhibitions by emerging artists.

Prominent Tel Aviv galleries dotted about the city include Chelouche Gallery, located in a twin house with immense windows shedding light upon works by local and international artists, along with Dvir Gallery in a sleek, bunker-like building; Hezi Cohen, Alon Segev Gallery, and Braverman Gallery.

The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, located in central Tel Aviv and designed by Preston Scott Cohen, is home to works by Chagall, Pollock, Picasso, and more, along with many Israeli artists, and. Tel Aviv exhibitions of scale are plentiful here, with past presentations including Raymond Pettibon, Rachel Maclean, Yonatan Vinitsky, and Hans Op de Beeck. The museum is complemented by a sculpture garden and architecture and design galleries. Also located in central Tel Aviv is the Center for Contemporary Art (CCA)—a commission-based institution spanning three floors that was initially established to showcase time-based art, providing space for experimental Israeli and international artists. Similar to CCA is the non-profit Artspace Tel Aviv, located in the Kiryat HaMelacha and presenting works by artists from the neighbourhood, which is filled with many artist studios.

Located on Bialik Street is the four-storey Rubin Gallery, which was once the home of painter Reuben Rubin, whose works capture early life in Tel Aviv—an era that is also captures at the castle-like Bialik House, where poet Chaim Nachman once lived.

On Tel Aviv's periphery is Gordon Gallery, which was founded in 1966 and is an active platform for artistic discourse, publishing numerous catalogues and hosting regular talks. The gallery has launched the careers of many Israeli artists, with names in its roster including Avner Katz, Gal Weinstein, Ohad Meromi, and Ron Arad. Not far from here, visitors can make their way to the Ilana Goor museum, situated in an 18th-century building that looks across the sea, and exhibits objects such as furniture and jewellery, along with works by sculptor Ilana Goor.

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