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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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Rio de Janeiro Art Guide

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Contemporary art exhibition, JR, Patamar at Galeria Nara Roesler, Rio de Janeiro
22 November 2019–21 February 2020 JR Patamar Galeria Nara Roesler, Rio de Janeiro
Contemporary art exhibition, Cássio Vasconcellos, Dryads and Fauns at Galeria Nara Roesler, Rio de Janeiro
5 March–30 May 2020 Cássio Vasconcellos Dryads and Fauns Galeria Nara Roesler, Rio de Janeiro

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ArtRio 2016 Ocula Photolog ArtRio 2016

ArtRio brought together more than 80 important galleries from Brazil and abroad, in addition to different curatorial projects that reinforce its role as one of the most relevant art events in Latin America. In 2016, the fair has taken place alongside the 32nd Biennial of São Paulo, aimed to reinforce the large flow of international visitors...

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Brenda Valansi Ocula Conversation Brenda Valansi Camila Belchior, Rio de Janeiro

Brenda Valansi is co-founder of ArtRio, an art fair that for five years has gracefully occupied the Mauá docks facing the picture-perfect Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Valansi spoke to Ocula’s Camila Belchior about this year's event, the Brazilian art market and the second edition of IDA, the design fair also organised by...

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Beatriz Milhazes Ocula Conversation Beatriz Milhazes Diana d'Arenberg, Hong Kong

Beatriz Milhazes is one of Brazil's best-known female artists. For over three decades, the artist has been seducing art lovers and collectors with her vivid, kaleidoscopic, festive paintings and collages. Her work is sensual and unapologetically feminine, reappropriating and recontextualising the decorative and folksy, long derided in the art...

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Cai Guo-Qiang Ocula Conversation Cai Guo-Qiang Laura Thomson, Auckland

Cai Guo-Qiang was born in 1957 in Quanzhou City, Fujian Province, China. He was a child during Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution and strongly influenced by society's vision for social utopia. Cai trained in stage design at the Shanghai Theatre Acadmey. He left China in 1986, spending almost 9 years as a young artist in...

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Art Basel Part I - Return To The Art(S) Ocula Report Art Basel Part I - Return To The Art(S) Stephanie Bailey, Basel

A sense of relief abounds at the 44th Art Basel in Basel as we finally reach the finishing line to a manic 2013 art world Grand Prix that started in New York, moved to Hong Kong, crossed Venice and ended in Switzerland. As expected, the calendar has become a hot topic amongst the bleary-eyed. Discussions on bringing forward the 2015 Venice...

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Antonio Dias, Brazilian Artist Who Poked the Generals, Dies at 74 Related Press Antonio Dias, Brazilian Artist Who Poked the Generals, Dies at 74 6 August 2018, The New York Times

Antonio Dias, a Brazilian artist whose early, hot-coloured paintings needled his country’s military dictatorship, and who later turned to subtly political conceptual art while in self-imposed European exile, died on Aug. 1 in Rio de Janeiro. He was 74.

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Cool Heat: An Art Outlaw Who Still Simmers Related Press Cool Heat: An Art Outlaw Who Still Simmers 13 July 2017, The New York Times

What can art do for you? Brighten your wall. Return your investment. Snag you a pass to a V.I.P. lounge. That's about it in the art fair age. And if those are your criteria of aesthetic value, I can't think what you'd make of Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium at the Whitney Museum of American Art, a survey of scrappy, ephemeral work so high...

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Best art at the Rio Olympics Related Press Best art at the Rio Olympics 15 August 2016, Hyperallergic

Women sweep the gold this year, with Mariko Mori and Adriana Varejão both introducing two stunning, large-scale installations. Incidentally, both also center on water. Over five years in the making, Mori’s Ring: One with Nature  sets a luminous acrylic ring at the peak of the 190-foot-tall Véu da Noiva waterfall in Cunhambebe State...

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Ring around the world: Mariko Mori creates a cascading installation for the Rio 2016 Olympics Related Press Ring around the world: Mariko Mori creates a cascading installation for the Rio 2016 Olympics 11 August 2016, Wallpaper*

For all the heartwarming – occasionally bone-shattering – excitement that the Rio Olympics has already delivered, the events's legacy is destined to be remembered as much for by the seedy realities of doping, corruption and social tumult as the momentary, borderless merging of culture and race (an especially worthwhile sentiment...

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JR unveils giant athletes in Rio to celebrate the Olympics Related Press JR unveils giant athletes in Rio to celebrate the Olympics 5 August 2016, High Snobiety

As we are just days away from the opening ceremony for the Rio Olympics, here we get a look at a pair of massive installations that artist JR has contributed to the Brazilian city. The works coincide with the French creative’s ongoing Inside Out series.

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Waves of dark history break on an Olympic pool Related Press Waves of dark history break on an Olympic pool 14 July 2016, The New York Times

In a few weeks, as TV cameras swoop over the Olympic Park in the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, viewers will glimpse what looks like a colossal seascape mural encircling the new aquatics stadium. But what appears to be ancient, cracked decorative tile is actually a scrim of 66 panels of perforated canvas, each 90 feet high...

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A guide through Brazil’s unreal art destinations Related Press A guide through Brazil’s unreal art destinations 25 June 2016, Bloomberg

As cities compete to build increasingly mammoth temples to art, the estimated 380,000 visitors heading to Brazil for the 2016 Summer Olympics will find something very different—namely, a country that has successfully avoided the white-cube blues with a unique integration of art, architecture, and landscape design that stretches from Rio to...

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Review: Beatriz Milhazes at White Cube Gallery Related Press Review: Beatriz Milhazes at White Cube Gallery 20 May 2015, ArtAsiaPacific

Flamboyant, vibrant colors and patterns bring energy into the otherwise quiet, Hong Kong outpost of London’s White Cube gallery. Part of Beatriz Milhazes’s first solo show in Hong Kong, they comprise a new series of paintings and collages by the Brazilian abstractionist, inspired by the sharp constrast between the exotic native flora of...

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Recent Events

Contemporary art exhibition, ArtRio 2019 at Ocula Private Sales & Advisory, London
19–22 September ArtRio 2019
Contemporary art exhibition, SP-Arte 2019 at Ocula Private Sales & Advisory, London
3–7 April SP-Arte 2019
Contemporary art exhibition, ArtRio 2018 at Ocula Private Sales & Advisory, London
27–30 September ArtRio 2018
Contemporary art exhibition, ArtRio13 at Ocula Private Sales & Advisory, London
5–9 September 2013 ArtRio13

In the past few years, Rio de Janeiro has been covered in the media in regards to protests, massive urban development, and spending in anticipation of the 2016 Summer Olympics, particularly in contrast to the neglect of many socioeconomic disparity and urban problems. Many artists in the region—including collectives like Cachorro Vinagre and Mídia NINJA—have stepped up to address the situations that haven't been addressed by the state, much like the city's infrastructure in terms of art and museums, which is dominated by the private sector or is reliant on private collections and investments.

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The Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR) is a great place to begin witnessing both historical and contemporary art production. MAR is broken up into two sections: one for exhibitions and the other for education, working towards the latter with the city's department of education and other education department branches. The museum's collection and exhibitions draws from both historical and contemporary art, with a focus on Brazilian artists. Highlights from the collection and exhibitions include works by Louise Bourgeois, Anna Maria Maiolino, and Rosana Paulino, amongst others.

Established in 1948, the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro defines itself as an art centre and includes a school for art and theater in addition to exhibition halls. Like the unfortunate 2018 fire at the National Museum of Brazil, with its collection of more than 20 million historical objects, most of the collection (Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, René Magritte) was lost to a 1978 fire. Its remaining impressive collection includes works by Latin American and international artists and is broken up into three sections: the museum's original collection, revamped through donations and acquisitions; the loaned Gilberto Chateaubriand collection, focusing on Brazilian art from the emergence of modernism in Brazil to contemporary works; and the Joaquim Paiva collection, which is exclusively comprised of photography. Its current collection's international highlights include Constantin Brancusi, Alberto Giacometti, and Keith Haring.

For the architecturally minded, the Niterói Contemporary Art Museum is housed in a structure designed by leading Modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer in 1996. Best known for its panoramic views, the museum also has an impressive schedule of programming, with exhibitions that feature Isaac Julien, Joseph Beuys, and more, in addition to the João Sattamini collection, which is one of the key collections of contemporary art in Brazil, with highlights including Aluísio Carvão, Dionísio Del Santo, Lygia Clark, and Ione Saldanha. For even more contemporary-focused spaces, visit galleries such as Anita Schwartz Art Gallery and Galeria Nara Roesler, or ArtRio: the city's leading art fair with a primary focus on participants and artists from Brazil.

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