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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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Art in the dark: Dark Mofo Related Press Art in the dark: Dark Mofo Art Guide Australia : 17 June 2019

Now in its seventh year, Dark Mofo transforms Hobart into a red-hued spectacle of art, food and music. In addition to new Mona exhibitions Mine by Simon Denny, Siloam, Gorillas in Our Midst, and Kirsha Kaechele's Eat the Problem, Dark Mofo's 2019 program pushes a hefty dose of visual art into the nooks and vacant spaces of Hobart's CBD.

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ON THE ORIGIN OF ART Related Press ON THE ORIGIN OF ART ArtAsiaPacific : 29 March 2017

Like most private museums, Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is a reflection of the tastes of its founder—in this case the sex-and-death inclined David Walsh. Situated in an idyllic spot in Hobart, capital of the island state, MONA is pitched as a subversion of traditional art world institutions. Staid wall labels are abandoned in favor...

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Holiday arts guide: What to see around Australia this summer Related Press Holiday arts guide: What to see around Australia this summer The Sydney Morning Herald : 28 December 2016

Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect With Everything, Museum of Contemporary Art, until March 5The Museum of Contemporary Art has bagged Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima's first major show in the Southern Hemisphere. The retrospective explores the concept of time and its passing, through room-size installations with sculptures, lighting, video performance and...

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Situate Arts Lab 2016 Artists Announced Related Press Situate Arts Lab 2016 Artists Announced Situate : 19 December 2015

Salamanca Arts Centre has today announced the 15 artists selected for the 2016 national SITUATE Art in Festivals Arts Lab in Hobart, scheduled to run alongside Mofo in January. Fifteen early-career artists have been selected from 230 applications following a rigorous selection process involving established artists and curators. The fifteen artists...

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About Hobart

Located on the southeast side of Tasmania, on the western bank of the River Derwent, Hobart is the state's capital, with a population of just under a quarter of a million. For international contemporary art tourists, it is the Australian city you pass through to check out the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), the collector David Walsh's extraordinary museum of both contemporary and ancient art, accessible via ferry from Hobart's Brooke Street Pier.

With most of the building located underground, Mona is the largest privately owned museum in the Southern Hemisphere. It is known for its forthrightness in dealing with the provocative themes of sex and death, with ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian holdings as well as modern pieces. Distinctive in its subterranean ambience, this very popular institution is also unique for the fact that it was initially funded from Walsh's profits, which he made from being a professional gambler.

Located in Dunn Place, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery has a steady programme of historical and contemporary art shows, tuned in to the zeitgeist of our time and accordingly sensitive to the region's history of colonial brutality toward indigenous peoples and transported convicts. Aboriginal artists like Julie Gough and Michael Cook have been featured in the museum's recent contemporary art exhibitions.

Contemporary Art Tasmania is an art space that was set up in the early 1980s to promote leading exponents of contemporary Tasmanian art. It is supported by the Visual Arts Board of the Australian Council, Arts Tasmania, and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy. It grew initially out of Chameleon, a significant local art organisation. It now features an exciting programme of carefully selected shows involving Tasmanian, Australian, and international participants.

Founded by New Zealander Dick Bett in the mid-1980s, Bett Gallery represents a wide range of seasoned Australian artists such as Imants Tillers, Tim Burns, and Pat Brassington. Plimsoll Gallery was primarily founded for adventurously advanced work made by students of the University of Tasmania's School of Creative Arts. None of the work is available for sale through the institution.

If you are fortunate enough to be visiting downtown Hobart over the month of June, be sure to take advantage of the yearly Dark Mofo winter arts festival. Organised by Mona, the festival features the sinister, monstrous, disturbing, and fearfully grotesque. Artists and performers who recently participated in the programme include Mike Parr, William Mortensen, Blixa Bargeld, Paul McCarthy, and Tony Oursler.

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