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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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Vienna Art Guide

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Contemporary art exhibition, Luisa Kasalicky, Tiefschlaf in der Stadt at Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna
5 February–14 March 2020 Luisa Kasalicky Tiefschlaf in der Stadt Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna
Contemporary art exhibition, Herbert Brandl, Bilderbuch Bilderbogen at Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna
5 February–14 March 2020 Herbert Brandl Bilderbuch Bilderbogen Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna

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Vienna: Institutional shows to see during September Ocula Report Vienna: Institutional shows to see during September Rachael Vance, Vienna

Known as one of the world’s great centres for nurturing the contemporary visual arts, Vienna is also generally renowned for displaying a strong cultural reverence backed by visible public support from arts funding bodies. Admiration for historical artistic content, in conjunction with this drive to encourage the new, permeates the city and...

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Galerie nächst St. Stephan | James Welling on his exhibition - Metamorph Related Video & Audio Galerie nächst St. Stephan | James Welling on his exhibition - Metamorph 14 June 2018, Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder

JAMES WELLING: Metamorph (LOGIN) 10 May–17 June, 2017 Internationally, James Welling is one of the most keenly experimental photographers who has created a most diverse series of works. Fascinated by aesthetic, conceptual and material challenges of the medium he works with black and white photography, photograms, colour photography, handmade...

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Galerie nächst St. Stephan | Alice Attie about her work Related Video & Audio Galerie nächst St. Stephan | Alice Attie about her work 13 June 2018, Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder

ALICE ATTIE KARIN SANDER JONGSUK YOON January 12–March 3, 2018 The ink drawings by ALICE ATTIE (born in 1950, in New York City, where she lives and works) involve the minuscule. They often explore the territory between writing and drawing, where the two overlap. Her drawings are meditations in ink that allow tiny marks to accumulate over...

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Galerie nächst St. Stephan | Joëlle Tuerlinckx on her exhibition Les Salons Paléolithiques Related Video & Audio Galerie nächst St. Stephan | Joëlle Tuerlinckx on her exhibition Les Salons Paléolithiques 26 May 2018, Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder

JOËLLE TUERLINCKX Les Salons Paléolithiques January 14–February 25, 2017 Joëlle Tuerlinckx works with materials that have the status of archival objects. She combines drawings, found objects, pieces of paper, newspaper clippings, photographs, and films into collage-like, sculptural arrangements. Tuerlinckx’s works are variable and fixed...

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Mario García Torres at TBA21, Augarten, Vienna Related Press Mario García Torres at TBA21, Augarten, Vienna 13 September 2016, Flash Art Online

Mario García Torres usually pillages the repertoire of 1960s Conceptual art with an array of reenactments, covers and appropriations, but his latest show, An Arrival Tale , endorses a different narrative. Shar-e Naw Wanderings (A Film Treatment) (2006) offers a first glimpse of García Torres’s engagement with Italian artist Alighiero...

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Ai Weiwei: 'translocation—transformation' at 21erhaus, Vienna – in pictures Related Press Ai Weiwei: 'translocation—transformation' at 21erhaus, Vienna – in pictures 8 August 2016, Art Radar Journal

Integrating his own life story and worldview with topical political issues, Chinese traditions and architectural interventions, translocation—transformation  comprises six ambitious new and re-presented pieces by the artist. Last year the artist, who is as notorious for his incarceration by the Chinese government in 2011 and his...

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'F. Lotus' by Ai Weiwei highlights the refugee crisis with life jackets Related Press 'F. Lotus' by Ai Weiwei highlights the refugee crisis with life jackets 19 July 2016, It's Nice That

Ai Weiwei has created F. Lotus , an installation composed of 1,005 worn life jackets, as a centrepiece to his first major solo exhibition in Austria. The work aims to address the current refugee crisis by highlighting and demonstrating the sheer number of refugees trying to reach Europe, and follows a similar piece at the Konzerthaus in Berlin...

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Galerie nächst St. Stephan: Jessica Stockholder on her exhibition - Snug Parting Related Video & Audio Galerie nächst St. Stephan: Jessica Stockholder on her exhibition - Snug Parting 13 July 2016, Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder

ESSICA STOCKHOLDER Snug Parting May 21 – July 30, 2016 Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder We are proud to present the third solo exhibition at our gallery of the American artist Jessica Stockholder. In addition to the room-filling work Lay of the Land , we will also show several of her more recent works. Jessica...

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Vienna: A City of Contemporary Art and History

Austria's capital, Vienna boasts a prestigious intellectual and artistic heritage, and a sophisticated contemporary art scene. Home to Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Adolf Loos, not to mention Mozart, Beethoven, and Freud, this European cultural hub on the Danube teems with prominent historical and contemporary art institutions set amidst the 13th-century imperial palace of the Habsburgs and early-20th-century Art Nouveau landmarks.

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The cultural past and present of Vienna are respectively encapsulated in the locations of the Museums Quartier, where the museums that house much of Vienna's historical art collections can be found, and the Brotfabrik (the former Anker Bread Factory), where various contemporary art institutions are gathered to form the powerhouse of Vienna's art scene.

Austria and Europe's art heritage, from neo-classical to pop art can be traced through institutions such as the Leopold and Belvedere Museums, the Museums of Fine Arts and Applied Arts, the Secession building (with its iconic golden dome), Kunst Haus Wien, and mumok. Major institutions such as Kunsthalle Wien, in addition to 21er Haus, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, and smaller galleries like Galerie Krinzinger provide support, inspiration, and exhibition space for Austrian and international contemporary artists in Vienna. Some galleries, such as Galerie nächst St. Stephan, have been supporting the avant-garde for many decades, while others are new to the scene.

Photography and design traditionally remain a strong interest in Vienna. A number of the galleries in the Brotfabrik (OstLicht, Anzenberger Gallery, Galerie Photon) focus on contemporary photography. Nonetheless, hosting the annual Vienna Contemporary international art fair, the city is exposed to and influenced by a range of international art trends. Held for a week in Autumn, the fair focuses on the art of Central Europe, enticing international collectors and artists alike.

Art on the streets of Vienna is also a common sight. Public art by Austrian and international artists ranging from sculpture to graffiti murals is scattered liberally around the public spaces of the city. Over the past 20 years international artists and leading Austrian masters have provided art for the U-bahn (the city's subway) in the form of mosaic murals, sculpture, and installation.

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