Inside story: Çamlıhemşin part 2

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | August 28, 2015

In this blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. Huge kitchens like in the above photograph are found in old stone houses in remote areas of Çamlıhemşin, built high in the mountains by Russian refugees in the early 20th century. They were often...
Posted in Architecture, Design, History, Photography, Travel

How to navigate this year’s massive Istanbul Biennial

By Victoria Khroundina | August 25, 2015

It’s almost time for another edition of the Istanbul Biennial – and the 14th instalment promises to be bigger, bolder and braver than ever. There will be works by 80 artists, hailing from every continent, displayed in over 30 venues on both the European and Anatolian sides of the city....
Posted in Contemporary Art, Design, Exhibitions, History, Modern Art, Museums, Photography

Cappadocia dreaming

By Victoria Khroundina | August 21, 2015

If you’ve been following the blog, you will know I have been travelling these past few weeks. Last weekend I finally got around to visiting Cappadocia, and out of all the places I have been to in Turkey this awed me the most. The otherworldly landscape peppered with fairy chimneys,...
Posted in Nature, Photography, Travel

Turks rule at next year’s Venice Film Festival

By Victoria Khroundina | August 18, 2015

Turkish cinema is going from strength to strength year in, year out – and with the recent announcement of next year’s Venice International Film Festival competition entrants and jury members, it looks like things are about to get even rosier. The first piece of exciting news is that Turkey’s prime...
Posted in Film, News

Turquoise beauty

By Victoria Khroundina | August 14, 2015

If you want to get up close and personal with Turkey’s Mediterranean coast there’s no better way to do so than by boat. You can stay in a town such as Fethiye, Kaş, Kalkan or Antalya, and take daily boat trips or, better still, hire your own boat and spend...
Posted in Modern Art, Photography, Travel

Star gazing

By Victoria Khroundina | August 12, 2015

Tonight the Istanbul Modern will hold a special event to watch the annual August Perseid meteor shower. Every year, from around July 17 to August 24, Earth crosses the orbital path of the Comet Swift-Tuttle (rediscovered in 1992), the parent of the Perseid meteor shower. The debris will slam into...
Posted in Museums, Nature, News

‘Gariné’ in London

Dikran Tchouhadjian’s famous opera comes to Arcola Theatre


If you live or find yourself in London on August 14 or 15, the city’s only Turkish theatre, the Arcola in Dalston, is staging a version of Dikran Tchouhadjian’s (1837–1898) Gariné. Considered the first opera composer in the Ottoman Empire and known in his lifetime as ‘the Armenian Verdi’ and...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Opera

Gallipoli Survivor

By Roger Williams | August 6, 2015

A British naval vessel built in 1915 that was employed in bombarding the coast in the Gallipoli campaign has opened to the public this week in Portsmouth Historic Dockyards after a £2.4 million restoration programme. Armed with two six-inch guns, HMS M33 was a ‘568-ton metal box lacking in comforts’,...

The drawing on the wall

By Victoria Khroundina | August 4, 2015

Street art is gaining popularity in Turkey, with the Pera Museum even staging its first-ever graffiti and street-art exhibition last autumn. But the best place to see street art in the city is undoubtedly Kadıköy, where Istanbul’s most laidback and progressive municipality is beautifying its neighbourhood with massive, bold murals,...
Posted in Contemporary Art

Ephesus: a visual diary

By Victoria Khroundina | July 31, 2015

‘Turkey’s greatest classical sight can come as a shock, even to a die-hard art historian,’ writes Roger Williams in the introduction to the Cornucopia guide entry on Ephesus. Well, I’m not an historian, but even to a layman (albeit a curious one), the sight is fascinating. After living in Turkey...
Posted in History, Travel

A painterly tribute to Gezi

By Victoria Khroundina | July 28, 2015

On display until the end of summer is a 50-square metre painting paying tribute to the Gezi protests. It was on display on the terrace of the Istanbul Chamber of Architects in Karaköy until the end of June and will be shown in Kadıköy throughout August (watch this space for an update of the location)....
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, News, Gezi Protests

And Ancient & Modern goes to…

The winner of Cornucopia and HALI Magazines’ 9th Ancient & Modern Prize for Original Research

By Cornucopia Arts Diary | July 26, 2015

The winner of this year’s Ancient & Modern Prize was announced on Friday. The chance to win the award of £1,000 is offered to anyone 26 or under or 60 or over (age groups rarely catered for by grant-givers) with a yearning to learn, discover, confirm or experience something, preferably...

Lapping up classical sounds in Gümüşlük

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | July 24, 2015

If you find yourself holidaying in Bodrum or around the Muğla region in the next few weeks, we can’t recommend the Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival more strongly. Taking place in the small fishing village of Gümüşlük, the month-long festival is co-curated by Turkey’s leading pianist Gülsin Onay, who, unsurprisingly, delivers...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Classical Music

Capturing the Empire

By Victoria Khroundina | July 21, 2015

Beautifully arranged across the foyer and main gallery of the Research Centre for Anatolian Civilisations (RCAC) is the exhibition Camera Ottomana, tracing photography and modernity in the Ottoman Empire from 1840 to 1914. The RCAC excels at these historical photography exhibitions. They are compact but informative, well arranged and lit,...
Posted in Exhibitions, History, Photography

Telling Turkey’s history through women’s stories

The ‘Kadınlar: goddesses – harem – power’ exhibition

By Victoria Khroundina | July 16, 2015

Women’s stories take centre stage in a fascinating show currently on at the TwentseWelle in Enschede, Netherlands. This city, close to the German border, is home to thousands of Turkish migrants, so a Turkish-themed exhibition seemed a welcome idea for the museum. Kadınlar: goddesses – harem – power takes viewers on...
Posted in Exhibitions, History, Islamic Art, Museums, Textiles

Prepare to be spellbound…

The Klasik Keyifler August concert series

By Dayna Tellibayraktar | July 15, 2015

The weekend of August 1 kicks off three weeks of lively music from Klasik Keyifler – a collaboration of devoted musicians, both students and professionals, who will perform concerts in candle-lit caves across Cappadocia. Organiser and renowned violinist Ellen Jewett hopes the 23-day classical music extravaganza will bring together locals,...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Classical Music

A contact sheet is worth 1,000 words

The ‘Magnum – Contact Sheet’ exhibition at Istanbul Modern

By Victoria Khroundina | July 14, 2015

There’s still time to catch the excellent Magnum – Contact Sheet show at Istanbul Modern. The museum’s photography exhibitions usually showcase important Turkish photographers or shed light on significant moments in the Turkish photography scene. This time attention is turned away from Turkey to the powerhouse Magnum Photos agency. The...
Posted in Exhibitions, History, Museums, Photography

The first Orientalist

Tim Cornwell visits the Jean-Étienne Liotard exhibition in Edinburgh

By Tim Cornwell | July 9, 2015

The 18th-century portrait artist Jean-Étienne Liotard, depicted in this miniature self-portrait in the Royal Collection, is widely seen as the first Orientalist. The four years he spent in Turkey from 1738, drawing and painting Western merchants and diplomats as well as Ottoman citizens, made him the first serious European artist...
Posted in Exhibitions, Orientalism

A penchant for theatrics: The photography of Cecil Beaton

By Victoria Khroundina | July 9, 2015

On show for another two-and-a-half weeks at the Pera Museum are portraits by one of the 20th century’s most important photographers, Cecil Beaton. A bit of a jack of all trades, Beaton was also an illustrator, designer, writer and Oscar-winning costumer designer. But the show at Pera, curated by Terence...
Posted in Exhibitions, Modern Art, Museums, Photography

Hot weather, cool art

Where to see contemporary art shows in Istanbul this summer

By Victoria Khroundina | July 7, 2015

Our round-up of contemporary art shows open this summer, by neighbourhood. Magnum – Contact Sheets Karaköy/Tophane A few things of interest at Istanbul Modern, starting with the excellent Mehmet Güleryüz retrospective Painter and Painting (main image), which has been extended until July 26. Meanwhile, in the Photography Gallery, the Magnum...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Modern Art, Museums, Photography
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