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Ocula ReportLocal to Global: Gallery Weekend Beijing 201813 Apr 2018 : Bowen Li for Ocula{{document.location.href}}
Gallery Weekend Beijing was first staged in 2017 on a number of premises, including the fact that Beijing needed an annual event with international appeal to maintain its place as an art destination after the rise of successful art fairs, and an increasing number of museums, in other regional cities like Shanghai and Hong Kong. As its title...
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Ocula ConversationMichaël BorremansArtist, Belgium{{document.location.href}}
Embarking on a career as a painter relatively late, at the age of 33, Belgian artist Michaël Borremans initially trained as a draughtsman and engraver at Saint Lucas in Ghent. On the occasion of his inaugural exhibition Michaël Borremans: Fire from the Sun at the new David Zwirner space in Hong Kong (27 January–9 March 2018), I spoke with Borremans...
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Ocula ReportArt Basel in Hong Kong 2018: A Post-mortem6 Apr 2018 : Diana d’Arenberg for Ocula{{document.location.href}}
On Monday night of Hong Kong's art week, the feminist art collective Guerrilla Girls, who call themselves the 'conscience of the art world', addressed a packed lecture theatre at the University of Hong Kong—their first public appearance in Asia. Armed with signature stats, facts, and bananas, three gorilla-masked members of the group, which...
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Ocula provides a curated selection of some of the world's most significant contemporary art museums and contemporary art spaces.

Art Museums
Contemporary art museums occupy influential positions within the cultural landscapes of major cities around the globe. Ocula features a broad spectrum of leading institution's, with numerous established museums clustering around the central European and North American art hubs. For example in London, the Tate Britain and Tate Modern continue to uphold an unparalleled standard of exhibitions and curatorship, whilst the Serpentine and Whitechapel Galleries are among the city's most popular contemporary art. In New York MOMA PS1 - an extension of New York's famous modern art gallery, is a space committed solely to the exhibition of contemporary art rather than a collection, meaning that new artists are afforded opportunities to display their works in one of the world's leading artistic laboratories Its parent museum the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) influences the trends for contemporary art the world over.

On the other side of the globe, Asia's emerging contemporary art scene has resulted in the emergence of numerous cutting-edge institutions since the turn of the century. These include the Guangdong Times Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei. Organisations such as the Asia Society Hong Kong shift the focus from the artist to the public, endeavouring to equip those interested in the art and culture of the region with information from expert sources. Soon to be opened in Hong Kong the M+ contemporary art museum will become an important global institution.

Art Spaces
Contemporary art centres and spaces represent an eclectic spectrum each fulfilling its own unique artistic vision. From expansive estates like the United Kingdom's Cass Sculpture Foundation, to more intimate spaces like Adelaide's Fontanelle organisation for contemporary artists, the wealth of such institutions forecasts a provocative future for contemporary art. Dedicated arts centres like the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACOCA) have even more defined agendas in their collection and exhibition of artworks, with ACOCA commissioning artists that are predicted to lead the contemporary art world in coming generations.

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