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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Zoe Butt on the Challenges and Rewards of Curating Ocula Conversation Zoe Butt on the Challenges and Rewards of Curating

Zoe Butt is the artistic director of The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre in Ho Chi Minh City, the first purpose-built space for contemporary art in Vietnam. Founded in March 2016, the Centre was designed by HTAP Architects in an old steel warehouse, with cargo shipping containers added to its structure. Initiated as a social enterprise...

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Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 Ocula Report Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 11 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

即将于2019年7月13开幕的第二届 Condo Shanghai,联合上海7座画廊/艺术机构与14 家来自全球11个不同的城市,如东京、首尔、雅加达、巴尔的摩、洛杉矶、伦敦、纽约、危地马拉城、利马和墨西哥城,为实验性展览营造了一个更切实可行的国际环境。以下是Ocula的展览看点。周奥,《景观/对象WA》(2016)。橡木上固化油墨打印,左: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,中: 121.92 × 152.4 cm,右: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,图片提供:马凌画廊,上海。马凌画廊 × 80m2 Livia Benavides × LABOR × Proyectos Ultravioleta马凌画廊 |...

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Contemporary art exhibition, Stanley Casselman, Labyrinths of Light at Gazelli Art House, Baku
19 May–2 November 2019 Stanley Casselman Labyrinths of Light Gazelli Art House, Baku

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Suad Garayeva Ocula Conversation Suad Garayeva Curatorial Director, YARAT Contemporary Art Centre

Suad Garayeva is Curatorial Director of YARAT Contemporary Art Centre, overseeing YARAT’s permanent collection and temporary exhibition programme. Previously she worked as a curator and a specialist in Contemporary Art from Russia and the CIS at Sotheby's, London, curating the pioneering At the Crossroads exhibitions, which introduced...

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FLIES BITE, IT’S GOING TO RAIN: VAJIKO CHACHKHIANI Related Press FLIES BITE, IT’S GOING TO RAIN: VAJIKO CHACHKHIANI Art Asia Pacific : 11 July 2019

Vajiko Chachkhiani is preoccupied with memory, the possibilities of reconciling past and present, and probing time as a cyclical loop. For his presentation at the 57th Venice Biennale's Georgia Pavilion, for example, he installed a wooden house, transplanted from the Georgian countryside, with an irrigation system fixed to the roof, creating the...

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Review: Aida Mahmudova's 'Passing By...' at Leila Heller Related Press Review: Aida Mahmudova's 'Passing By...' at Leila Heller ArtAsiaPacific : 23 June 2015

Painting one’s homeland, especially one like Azerbaijan, tucked away between the Caspian Sea and the Lesser Caucasus mountain range, can be tricky. Recreating the charm of the unfamiliar, and the lure of exoticism, often places undue expectations on artists. But Aida Mahmudova’s deeply emotive landscape paintings in “Passing...

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Contemporary Art in Baku Related Press Contemporary Art in Baku Art Radar : 13 June 2015

As the capital of Azerbaijan and the largest city in the Caucasus, Baku has much to offer due to its unusual mixture of cultures and traditions. Baku welcomes the 1st European Games on 12 June 2015 and its streets are simultaneously being transformed by the 3rd Public Art Festival organised by YARAT Contemporary Art Space. Art Radar looks into this...

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About Baku

The Azerbaijani capital of Baku is home to a flourishing, culturally diverse art scene. With a rich and at times tumultuous history, the city at the heart of the former Soviet state is home to expanding historical and contemporary collections of Eastern and Western art in new institutions including the Baku Museum of Modern Art and the Heydar Aliyev Center, as well as smaller commercial galleries and non-profit institutions such as the YARAT Contemporary Art Space.

On the western shores of the Caspian Sea, Baku possesses a unique cultural flavour drawn from a historical mosaic of distinct cultures, from the Islamic Shirvan Era (12th–14th centuries) to the Soviet Union (1920–1992). Revealing the city's evolutions, the architecture ranges from the 12th-century walls surrounding the Icheri Sheher (Inner City)—a UNESCO World Heritage site—to uniform Soviet-era buildings and the rapidly growing modern skyline of impressive contemporary skyscrapers, including the three iconic Flame Towers. Showcasing the richness of influences on the city's art and culture is the extensive historical fine art and applied art collection of the Azerbaijan National Art Museum. Similarly, the Azerbaijan Carpet Museum lays out past regional cultural traditions while revealing, through the inclusion of contemporary works, the ongoing diversity that fuels the city's art production.

Coming out of the collapse of Soviet rule uncertain of the future, and subsequently becoming financially prosperous, Baku has become a place to view art treasures as well as a unique range of local, regional, and international contemporary artists. Established in 2009, the Baku Museum of Modern Art boasts an extensive collection of Western modernists including Picasso, Chagall, and Dali, alongside the avantgarde of Azerbaijan. Refurbished cultural institutions like The Museum Centre and Art Gallery and new spaces such as the Zaha Hadid-designed Heydar Aliyev Center play host to exhibitions of contemporary artists from Azerbaijan, neighbouring regions, and across the globe.

Smaller independent galleries like Gazelli Art House and Q Gallery, and not-for-profits such as YARAT Contemporary Art Space further attract international artists while promoting artists from Azerbaijan and the Caucasus on the international art scene. Established in 2011, the non-profit YARAT (translated as 'create') has been particularly active, organizing exhibitions, education events, and festivals, and providing artist residencies. In addition to its own exhibition space in a converted naval industrial warehouse, YARAT runs the YAY Gallery, ARTIM (meaning 'progress'), and, since 2012, the Baku Public Art Festival, which brings the work of Azerbaijani artists to the city streets.

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