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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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Moscow Art Guide

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, Naturally Naked at Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow
15 August–28 December 2019 Group Show Naturally Naked Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow
Contemporary art exhibition, Wim Delvoye, Wim Delvoye at Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow
9 November 2018–9 February 2019 Wim Delvoye Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow
Contemporary art exhibition, Vik Muniz, Vik Muniz at Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow
8 June–10 October 2018 Vik Muniz Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow
Contemporary art exhibition, Mat Collishaw, Albion at Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow
2 February–2 June 2018 Mat Collishaw Albion Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow
Contemporary art exhibition, Keiichi Tanaami, Land of Mirrors at Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow
28 September–16 December 2017 Keiichi Tanaami Land of Mirrors Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow
Contemporary art exhibition, Peter Halley, Peter Halley at Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow
23 June–10 September 2017 Peter Halley Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow
Contemporary art exhibition, Damien Hirst, Solo Exhibition at Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow
31 March–1 June 2017 Damien Hirst Solo Exhibition Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow
Contemporary art exhibition, Ron Arad, One Man Show at Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow
18 November 2016–11 March 2017 Ron Arad One Man Show Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow

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Cosmoscow brings a new milieu of Russian collectors into stark relief Ocula Report Cosmoscow brings a new milieu of Russian collectors into stark relief Anna Kats, Moscow

The most memorable conversation I had during the Cosmoscow international contemporary art fair, which opened on 9 September and ran through the weekend, was with a cab driver in the early hours of the morning after the preview soiree on 8 September. Like so many Muscovites, Arshak originally hailed from a peripheral republic of the former...

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Juergen Teller captures football fans as World Cup frenzy reaches fever pitch Related Press Juergen Teller captures football fans as World Cup frenzy reaches fever pitch 14 June 2018, Wallpaper*

Juergen Teller's new exhibition Zittern auf dem Sofa , which recently launched in Moscow to coincide with the 2018 FIFA World Cup, translates as trembling on the sofa . For those who don't genuflect to the God of football, Teller's title might seem a little over the top. How could men kicking a ball insight such an overwhelming physical...

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Public art by Björk, JR, and Yoko Ono comes to Moscow Related Press Public art by Björk, JR, and Yoko Ono comes to Moscow 24 September 2016, The Creators Project

Most New Yorkers think of Times Square as a barren consumerist wasteland, but one incredible thing does happen there: by turning creators loose on the world’s most famous intersection, Times Square Arts turns it into a gigantic public platform for contemporary performance and visual arts. It’s one of the highest-profile public arts...

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Urs Fischer at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art / Moscow Related Press Urs Fischer at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art / Moscow 18 August 2016, Flash Art

While it’s easy to be glib about a practice that’s neither conceptual nor critical, one wonders if a museum can also be home to less complicated pleasures: a ludic approach to space and matter, a visceral feel for what’s interesting, a sense of style. I guess it depends on what you’re into. In Moscow, Garage wants to create...

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'H Y P E R C O N N E C T E D' at Moscow Museum of Modern Art
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 11 August 2016, Mousse Contemporary

In the current period of accelerated motion our minds and bodies move, change and adapt to the settings and networks we navigate daily. We shape-shift while opening windows, closing folders and browsing through reflecting surfaces; soft borders permanently redefining our identities. As a consequence, any hypothetical separation between nature...

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Garage opens Russia’s most extensive programme for disabled visitors Related Press Garage opens Russia’s most extensive programme for disabled visitors 4 July 2016, The Art Newspaper

A new initiative at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow aims to make the institution more hospitable to disabled visitors ( Co-thinkers , 7 June-9 September). The programme is uncharted territory for Russia, where disabled people have historically lacked equal access to cultural institutions and disabled children have been shut out of...

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Moscow’s Garage Museum launches Russian art triennial Related Press Moscow’s Garage Museum launches Russian art triennial 17 June 2016, The Art Newspaper

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art announced on Thursday, 9 June that it will launch a triennial contemporary art exhibition next spring. Dubbing the show “the first triennial dedicated to Russian art”, the exhibition is due to feature work made in the last five years by artists from across Russia.

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Taryn Simon at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow Related Press Taryn Simon at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow 14 May 2016, Blouin Art Info

This exhibition brings together two recent bodies of taxonomic work by New York–based Simon— Paperwork, and the Will of Capital (2015) and Black Square (2006–ongoing)—each comprising a series of photographs and a single accompanying sculpture.

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Louise Bourgeois's psychological turmoil in cells Related Press Louise Bourgeois's psychological turmoil in cells 21 October 2015, Interview Magazine

As an artist, Louise Bourgeois was guided by tenets of psychoanalysis, so she looked inward for inspiration, embracing the thoughts, feelings, and memories buried in dark corners of her mind. She had her first solo show of sculptures in 1949 in New York, where a beguiling, scattered installation format demonstrated a keen attentiveness to...

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Home to the iconic Red Square, the distinct patterned domes of Saint Basil's Cathedral, the State Historical Museum, and the Kremlin, Moscow is a cultural and political powerhouse with a diverse art scene. The city is filled with prestigious arts institutions such as the Pushkin State Museum of Fine art, the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, and the Bolshoi Theatre. It has a long history of art patronage and links to Russian modern masters such as Wassily Kandinsky, Marc Chagall, Kazimir Malevich, and even Henri Matisse.

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As Russia's historic capital, a centre of Russian and European culture, and one of the world's largest urban economies, numerous major private collectors, dealers, and contemporary art institutions are to be found in Moscow. Coming out of a static age of uniform traditional art centred around Socialist Realism and propaganda, the post-Soviet-era Moscow art scene has become increasingly diverse and international.

Moscow plays host to a variety of contemporary art galleries, from the more Russian- and Moscow-oriented National Centre for Contemporary arts, Winzavod, RuArts, and the Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, to the more international art spaces such as Roman Abramovich's Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture, Solyanka State Gallery, Galerie Iragui, and the Gary Tatintsian Gallery. Launched in 2010 and held annually since 2014, the Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair brings together Russian and international artists, collectors, and galleries, allowing for greater exposure of up-and-coming Russian artists to the international art scene and dialogue between international artists and the Moscow art world.

Beyond the influence of the state and art collectors, there are a growing number of independent artist-run spaces on the fringes of the Moscow art world. Spaces such as Electrozavod, APXIV, and Proekt Fabrika, based in former industrial buildings, provide opportunities for up-and-coming artists. Apartments transformed into exhibition spaces for budding contemporary artists without a place to show continue the tradition of kvartirnik (apartment shows) that sustained non-conformist art in the Soviet era.

Moscow's streets also boast a significant number of large-scale murals, and the city hosts the street-art Biennale Artmossphere and street-art festival LGZ.

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