The Polish Orientalists

By Victoria Khroundina | December 19, 2014

The 600th anniversary of Turkish-Polish relations has stimulated a year of outstanding exhibitions, film programmes, concerts and other events. The Sakıp Sabancı Museum staged an excellent historic show in the spring, SALT Galata is currently showing an exhibition focusing on contemporary Polish artists and a number of galleries (DEPO, Milli...
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Gallery walkabout: Taksim to Cihangir

A tale of two Halils

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | December 15, 2014

We are in Taksim/Cihangir for a short walk this week, visiting two galleries which both – purely coincidentally – have shows by an artist called Halil. Another thing these artists have in common is that they are not afraid to push boundaries and produce candid, witty work. Halil, ‘Untitled’, from...
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The RCAC announces new fellowships

By Victoria Khroundina | December 12, 2014

Earlier this week, the Research Centre for Anatolian Civilisations (RCAC) has announced a fresh batch of fellowship opportunities for the 2015–16 academic year. The overall aim of these fellowships is to develop and facilitate research projects that are concerned with the art, history, architecture and archaeology of civilisations of Turkey....
Posted in Archaeology, Architecture, History, Islamic Art, News

Gallery walkabout: Beşiktaş

Tastes, memories, seasons

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | December 8, 2014

We have a compact walk in Beşiktaş this week as three of the neighbourhood galleries, namely Kuad, Rampa and Galeri Ilayda, have extended their current exhibitions, which we have covered in previous walks (click here and here to read more). TUNCA, exhibition view Start on Şair Nedim Caddesi, the lower of...
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The wonder of Joan Miró

By Victoria Khroundina | December 5, 2014

The Sakıp Sabancı Museum has really outdone itself. Its current exhibition, a survey of the later part of the career of the Catalan artist Joan Miró, is a wonder. Although I personally don’t connect with a lot of Miró’s work, I can’t deny this is a great exhibition: intelligently laid...
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Gallery walkabout: Nişantaşı

2D and 3D

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | December 1, 2014

We are in Nişantaşı with our gallery walk this week for predominantly solo shows of Turkish artists, mostly painters and sculptors. Murat Atabarut's Yeşilçam tree Start on Mim Kemal Öke Caddesi. Opposite Maçka Park and near the Istanbul Technical University, Maçka Sanat (main image) at No 31 is opening its annual new-year exhibition...
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A celluloid love affair

By Victoria Khroundina | November 27, 2014

This year, Turkish cinema celebrates its 100th birthday and Istanbul Modern celebrates its 10th. To commemorate both dates, the museum has staged an exhibition which highlights the ‘love affair’ between Turkish cinema and its audience. As per the majority of Istanbul Modern’s shows, the exhibition is well laid out and...
Posted in Exhibitions, Film, History, Museums

Gallery walkabout: Beyoğlu

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | November 24, 2014

We are back in Beyoğlu for a jam-packed gallery walk, in which shows of contemporary Turkish masters and Orientalist painters can be enjoyed alongside works by on-the-rise artists from Turkey and the surrounding region. Merve Şendil, ‘Start’ Let’s start at the Tünel end of Istiklâl Caddesi. On Asmalımescit Caddesi, at...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Fine Art, History, Museums, Photography

Dubai’s new art fair

World Art Dubai 2015

By Victoria Khroundina | November 20, 2014

Dubai is determined to prove itself as a cultural capital with a strong presence of visual arts in the region and on the world stage – and the introduction of a new art fair might steer it along in the right direction. The inaugural World Art Dubai joins the established...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Fine Art, News

The prince and the photographer

‘Cairo to Constantinople: Early Photographs of the Middle East’ exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery, London

By Tim Cornwell | November 20, 2014

In February 1862, the Photographic News in London excitedly told its readers that the photographer Francis Bedford had been commissioned to accompany the young Prince of Wales on a four-month tour of the Ottoman Middle East and Greece.      It illustrated ‘that the heir to England’s throne takes as deep an...
Posted in Exhibitions, Photography

Gallery walkabout: Karaköy/Tophane

Lights, camera, action

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | November 17, 2014

With Contemporary Istanbul behind us, we are back in Karaköy/Tophane for an art walk of group and solo shows exploring diverse subjects and genres, with an emphasis on cinema, photography and realism. 100 years of Turkish cinema Let’s start at Istanbul Modern, which besides holding exhibitions we have covered elsewhere...
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Take a peek into the future of design

By Victoria Khroundina | November 12, 2014

Istanbul is determined to prove itself as a contemporary art and design stronghold, and the second edition of the Design Biennial takes the city in its desired direction. The curator, Zoë Ryan, believing that ‘design is inextricably linked to every aspect of our daily lives’, chose the future of design...
Posted in Design

Gallery walkabout: Taksim to Cihangir

One-name masters

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | November 10, 2014

We are in Taksim/Cihangir for our walk this week, visiting two of our favourite galleries who are each hosting a solo show of a mononymous artist. We also have a new addition to our gallery walks. The Revolutionary Years of Turkish Contemporary Art: 1980s THE REVOLUTIONARY YEARS OF TURKISH CONTEMPORARY...
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Time for another art fair…

Contemporary Istanbul 2014

By Victoria Khroundina | November 6, 2014

The biggest week for contemporary art in Istanbul lands exactly a week from today. The four-day Contemporary Istanbul fair takes place at the Istanbul Congress Centre, in Harbiye (between Taksim and Nişantaşı), which has this year been given a makeover by Tabanlıoğlu Architects. Bigger than ever, this ninth Contemporary Istanbul...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Main Featured Istanbul

Gallery walkabout: Beşiktaş

All about the technique

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | November 4, 2014

We are in Beşiktaş this week, visiting some of our favourite galleries for five solo shows exploring the use of unusual techniques. Ilgın Seymen, ‘Blind Love’, 2014, plastic bottles, polyurethane foam, spray paint, iron rods, epoxy adhesive, 70 cm x 100 cm x 70 cm ILGIN SEYMEN’S FOREVER BLIND Let’s start...
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Polish life

‘Shock Therapy’ at the Millî Reasürans Gallery

By Victoria Khroundina | October 31, 2014

Although the wonderful Millî Reasürans Gallery in Maçka left it to the end of the year to celebrate 600 years of diplomatic relations between Poland and Turkey, the show it has staged brings the goods. The gallery is hosting Shock Therapy, which brings together works of ten photographers offering a...
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Gallery walkabout: Nişantaşı

Bending perception

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | October 27, 2014

This week we are in Nişantaşı – the commercial centre of the city and one of the first contemporary art hubs – for an interesting walk featuring mostly solo shows of Turkish artists. Many of the works seen on this walk are concerned with bending perception, whether in pop art,...
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Autumn jazz

Highlights of the Akbank Jazz Festival

By Victoria Khroundina | October 23, 2014

A lot more accessible (and in some ways interesting) than the major IKSV-run Istanbul Jazz Festival that takes place during the summer, the Akbank Jazz Festival – with the moniker ‘the city in a state of jazz’ – starts today. Now in its 24th year, this popular jazz festival brings...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Jazz

Gallery walkabout: Beyoğlu

All discliplines

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | October 20, 2014

We are in Beyoğlu – the city's European centre – for a fun, diverse gallery walk. All the galleries we visit are on or off the main thoroughfare, İstiklâl Caddesi (above). John Wreford JOHN WREFORD’S RAQS SHARQI Let’s start at the Tünel end, in the backstreets of Asmalımescit, where Galatea...
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Turks at Frieze

Three Istanbul galleries test the waters in London

By Tim Cornwell | October 18, 2014

Founded in London 12 years ago, the Frieze art fair is a massive October art jamboree now under luxurious pavilions in Regent’s Park. At the original Frieze London, 162 galleries this year showed the contemporary art scene at both its innovative best and its market-driven worst. Nearby in the spin-off...
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