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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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Guangdong’s HEM Is the Art Museum That Home Appliances Built Ocula News Guangdong’s HEM Is the Art Museum That Home Appliances Built Shanghai, 18 December 2019

Backed by the family behind Fortune 500 company Midea, the new museum will be one of the largest in southern China. When it opens in March 2020, HE Art Museum (HEM) will not be hurting for space. Designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, it will have over 8,000 square metres (over 86,000 square feet) of exhibition space—almost double what...

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Exhibition Takes Feminist Detour at Guangdong Times Museum Ocula Report Exhibition Takes Feminist Detour at Guangdong Times Museum Shanyu Zhong, Guangzhou

We might consider the exhibition space a domestic one at Guangdong Times Museum , whose exhibition hall has been converted into open spaces, chambers, passageways, and labyrinths for its current show, Forget Sorrow Grass: An Archaeology of Feminine Time (14 September–17 November 2019). Featuring 26 works by a group of 14 artists, including...

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Katharina Grosse on Mumbling Mud in Shanghai Ocula Insight Katharina Grosse on Mumbling Mud in Shanghai Mikala Tai

In the summer of 2018, the K11 Art Foundation mounted a solo exhibition of German artist Katharina Grosse in Shanghai , bringing her immersive installations to China for the first time. Internationally acclaimed for a practice that boldly challenges viewers' perception of space, her playful work has been shown at institutions worldwide, from...

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Xi Bei Ocula Conversation Xi Bei Pia Chakraverti-Würthwein, Berlin

Times Art Center Berlin is a non-profit art institution located in the Potsdamer Strasse Art District of Berlin . It was founded in July 2018 by the Guangdong Times Museum , a non-profit private art museum in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region of China, making this the first parallel institution founded overseas by an Asia-based art museum. Its...

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6th Guangzhou Triennial: As We May Think Ocula Report 6th Guangzhou Triennial: As We May Think Gu Ling, Guangzhou

Three sectors make up the 6th Guangzhou Triennial, As We May Think: Feedforward (21 December 2018–10 March 2019), curated by Philipp Ziegler, Angelique Spaninks, and Zhang Ga. 'Inside the Stack: Art in the Digital' considers how the digital and physical are becoming increasingly interwoven. 'Evolutions of Kin' imagines new life forms—human...

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Ten Private Museums in China You Should Know Ocula Report Ten Private Museums in China You Should Know Sam Gaskin, Shanghai

China is building contemporary art museums at an unrivalled pace. Private companies and individuals increasingly have not only the means to establish these museums but also the know-how to keep them going, often to a higher standard than China’s public institutions. This report lists ten of the best private art museums in China (in no...

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Li Zhenhua Ocula Conversation Li Zhenhua Stephanie Bailey, Hong Kong

Writer, curator, artist and producer Li Zhenhua is the founder of Laboratory Art Beijing and the Mustard Seed garden. Li is actively engaged in the production, dissemination and critical discussions around new media, and has taken part in symposiums, talks and presentations at leading galleries and museum spaces worldwide, including ZKM...

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Apichatpong Weerasethakul Ocula Conversation Apichatpong Weerasethakul Sherman Sam, London

Apichatpong Weerasethakul is an artist and filmmaker born and based in Thailand. He first studied architecture at Khon Kaen University before completing an MA in film-making at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Despite exhibiting his film and videos internationally and participating in large exhibitions like the 55th Carnegie...

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A ‘Big Tail Elephant’: China’s Chen Shaoxiong (1962–2016) – artist profile Related Press A ‘Big Tail Elephant’: China’s Chen Shaoxiong (1962–2016) – artist profile 22 December 2016, Art Radar Journal

Chen Shaoxiong was born in Guangdong province, China, in 1962 and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts there in 1984. Chen was a founding member of two seminal collectives emerging in Guangzhou just after the collective 'boom' of the 1980s Chinese avant-garde, which saw over 80 artist groups emerging on the contemporary art scene particularly...

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Duan Jianyu at Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou Related Press Duan Jianyu at Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou 1 July 2016, Flash Art

'Shamate' (Sharp, Sharp, Smart), the subcultural movement that has been disseminated, popularized and consumed in China via the Internet, does not make an appearance in Duan Jianyu’s new series of paintings titled shāmătè . Instead of rural youths living in suburban fringe zones with incongruously flashy hairstyles, many of the...

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Changing mindsets Related Press Changing mindsets 9 May 2015, Global Times

As domestic artists have continued posting pictures of themselves in Venice on social media, people in China are becoming increasingly aware of the upcoming high profile art event set to take place in the Italian city. Similar to the previous years, a large group of Chinese artists will be exhibiting their works at the 56th Venice Biennale,...

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Review: Wang Wei's "Two Rooms" at Edouard Malingue Related Press Review: Wang Wei's "Two Rooms" at Edouard Malingue 8 April 2015, Art Asia Pacific

Earlier this year, Edouard Malingue Gallery inaugurated its new and expanded gallery space in the bustling central business district of Hong Kong. For its international launch, which coincided with the city’s Art Basel week in March, Edouard Malingue chose to present a solo exhibition of Beijing-based Wang Wei, who specifically created an...

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Magnus Renfrew On Art Basel In Hong Kong 2014 Related Press Magnus Renfrew On Art Basel In Hong Kong 2014 28 April 2014, Nicholas Forrest for Artinfo / 24 April 2014

When BLOUIN ARTINFO sat down with Magnus Renfrew, Art Basel’s Director Asia, to discuss the 2014 edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong, he was five weeks into a round-the-world trip visiting collectors and gallerists. He had already visited Berlin, Paris, London, Shanghai, Beijing, New York, and Taipei when he met with BLOUIN ARTINFO in Sydney,...

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Guangzhou, the capital of China's southern Guangdong Province, is perhaps best known for its triennial, but it's also home to some of the country's leading institutions and art spaces, many of which occupy unusual spaces.

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Adapted from the Guangzhou Biennial by the Guangdong Museum of Art in 2002, the Guangzhou Triennial is one of the most longstanding events of its kind in China. Its sixth edition in 2018 drew 49 artists from 12 countries. Building on that success, the Airport Biennale was added to the city's art calendar in 2019. The event takes place not at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport but the nearby village of Fenghe, now renamed "Guangzhou Wings — Airport Cultural Town".

Also in the north of the city, on the way to the airport, is the Guangdong Times Museum, which is affixed to the upper floors of an apartment compound thanks to a novel design by OMA architects Rem Koolhaas and Alain Fouraux. Since opening in 2010, the museum has proven to be one of China's most ambitious, showing leading artists such as Pipilotti Rist, Adel Abdessemed and Jiang Zhi while striving to engage its local community through a strong events and education programme. Alongside the museum is Huangbian (HB) Station, a storefront space for studying contemporary art the Guangdong Times Museum established to accommodate teachers Huang Xiaopeng and Xu Tan after they were dismissed from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts.

The Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts has its own art museum too, but more engaging institutions in the city include the non-profit Fei Gallery, the stack of old railway containers that comprises the 53 Art Museum, and the YouYou Contemporary Art Centre (YYAC), which shows mostly new media works in a former Communist meeting hall. YYAC is located in the popular Xiaozhou artists village, a converted industrial site in the southeast of the city. Previously a cannery, Redtory Art & Design Factory is likewise a former industrial site, analogous to Beijing's 798 and Shanghai's M50, though significantly smaller.

The city's best commercial galleries include Canton Gallery, which was established in 2015 and focuses on artists based in the Pearl River Delta, Kuiyuan Gallery, which occupies an historic red-brick building built in 1922, and Bonacon Gallery, which was founded by the ubiquitous Chen Tong in 2016. Chen also founded the Libreria Borges Institute of Contemporary Art in 1997—a bookshop that professes to use literary methods for curating contemporary art by artists who have included Guangzhou-native Cao Fei—and co-founded Video Bureau, an archive of video art that spans Guangzhou and Beijing.

Other leading art spaces in the city include Vitamin Creative Space, founded in a run-down department store in 2002, Observation Society, established in a former hair salon in 2008, and Loft 345, a bar that has brought together artists, musicians, academia and other creatives and intellectuals since it was established in 2003 under the name Park19.

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