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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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Ch.ACO's Tenth Edition in Transformation Ocula Report Ch.ACO's Tenth Edition in Transformation Stephanie Bailey, Santiago

It was a bold decision to stage the tenth edition of Chile Arte Contemporaneo, or Ch.ACO (22–26 November 2018), in the semi-open-air spaces of a PazCorp real estate project in the upscale suburb of Vitacura. (Since 2016, different buildings undergoing renovation or construction have hosted the fair, mostly around Vitacura.) This concrete...

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Looping The Loop: Reflecting On Art Basel In Basel Ocula Report Looping The Loop: Reflecting On Art Basel In Basel Stephanie Bailey, Basel

Another year, another three Art Basels, and Art Basel’s home edition opened as if the boom days Hans Mayer recalled in a story about a Paladino painting passing hands four times in a few hours—increasing its value by five—had returned. “She’s literally remaking the readymade,” one gallerist gushed, as if...

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Review: 13 Rooms, Kaldor Public Art Projects Ocula Report Review: 13 Rooms, Kaldor Public Art Projects Tess Maunder, in Sydney

13 Rooms marks the 27th program Australia's Kaldor Public Art Projects has produced. It's fitting for Kaldor and international curators Hans Ulrich Obrist and Klaus Biensenbach to collaborate, as each figure is identified by their longstanding attention to large-scale projects, working with international artists. 

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Art Basel Stages '14 Rooms', An Exhibition Of 'Live Art' Related Press Art Basel Stages '14 Rooms', An Exhibition Of 'Live Art' 17 June 2014, Gareth Harris for The Financial Times / 13 June 2014

A tousled blonde temptress gyrates her hips, her gaze fixed on your face. The masked, bruised body moves suggestively in front of a mirror, grinding her body to a Lady Gaga track. The nightmarish dancer turns even more menacing, uttering: “My mother is dead. My father is dead. I’m gay. I’d like to be a poet. This is my...

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Photo-Essay : Street Art Museum, Santiago, Chile Related Press Photo-Essay : Street Art Museum, Santiago, Chile 29 December 2013, by Clemence Douchez-Lortet / The Santiago Times

In September 2010 in the working-class borough of San Miguel in Santiago a painting goes up on a drab, windowless wall in block of ubiquitous buildings on the outskirts of the capital. But this is not another piece of graffiti which will further blight the housing estate, it is the first of 37 murals which, over the next three years, will bring...

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As the capital of Chile, Santiago is celebrated for its natural beauty, and the city's Neoclassical architectural structures. With the emergence of many galleries and museums—both newer and historical—art has also become a good reason for visiting the city too.

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The country of Chile itself is well-known for artists of all kinds, including Mario Navarro, Eugenio Dittborn, and Gonzalo Díaz. However, it is primarily known as the home of famed Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, who can be said to be synonymous with the culture of the country. La Chascona is a house owned by the celebrated poet in Santiago. While not the city's primary attraction, the home—named after Neruda's lover—does feature international and Chilean artworks that are worth visiting. For more arts-centred spaces outside of museums, visit galleries like Galería XS, Galería AFA, Galería Patricia Ready, and Galería Isabel Aninat.

The Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts is a great museum to begin a visit to Santiago with. It was originally founded as the National Paintings Museum in 1880 and its first director was painter Juan Mochi. The Palace of Fine Arts, which houses the Museum, is already a major reason to visit. It was designed by the Chilean-French architect Emile Jéquier in 1910 with a combination of Neoclassical, Baroque, and Art Nouveau features, and includes reliefs by Guillermo Córdova, Antoni Coll y Pi, and others. The collection itself is equally if not more impressive, with more than 5,000 pieces.

Fifteen minutes away by public transport is the Santiago Museum of Contemporary Art, which is run by the University of Chile Faculty of Arts and was established in 1947. Its collection is comprised of over 2,000 items and focuses on modern and contemporary arts from the late 19th century on, including work by Matilde Pérez, José Balmes, and Isamu Noguchi, amongst others. The Museo de Artes Visuales (MAVI) is equally dedicated to Chilean contemporary art. The MAVI champions younger generations of artists and accessibility through its MAVI / Minera Escondida Prize for Contemporary Young Art. Past exhibitions have featured the works of Ernesto Banderas, José Basso, Andrés Durán, Pancha Núñez, Francisco Smythe, and María Edwards.

For less contemporary works, visit the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. Opened in 1981, the museum is dedicated to conserving and studying the histories and arts of pre-Columbian peoples of Central and South America in particular. The collection, drawing originally from the founder Sergio Larraín García-Moreno's own private collection, includes statues, masks, ceramics, pottery, textiles, and more.

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