An old union

When Scotland and England met

By John Scott | September 19, 2014


CREETOWN GRANITE Carefully carved on this slab of granite in Dumfriesshire, on the Solway Firtth, are the following words. Formed from an enormous blob of molten rock, this granite may have been created when continents collided and Scotland and England were united. Trapped beneath the earth's surface it cooled down...

ArtInternational 2014: what’s in store

By Victoria Khroundina | September 18, 2014


Anticipation is high for the second edition of this art fair, aiming to challenge the veteran Contemporary Istanbul. ArtInternational is still very much the new kid on the block, but the fair is set to deliver the goods this year with interesting side programmes, exclusive displays of new works by big...
Posted in Contemporary Art, News

The Scottish Referendum

By John Scott | September 18, 2014


As our readers know, Cornucopia Magazine is all about Turkey, but it has one foot in Istanbul and one foot in the Scottish Borders. So today is a day of reckoning. Having watched Turkey take the first step in dismantling its hard-won parliamentary constitution this summer, it is with some...

Gallery walkabout: Beyoğlu

A tantalising smorgasbord

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | September 15, 2014


We are in bustling Beyoğlu this week for some diverse and thoroughly fascinating shows. Exhibition view Let’s start in the middle of İstiklâl Caddesi (past the Galatasaray Lycée) at SALT Beyoğlu (above). The exhibition du jour, Summer Homes: Claiming the Coast, presents a study – supported by extensive research – of...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions

The winds of change

Extreme Sailing 2014 in Istanbul

By Harriet Rix | September 14, 2014


Dolphins joined the 12-strong fleet of extreme sailing catamarans close to the shore at Yenikapı as the Istanbul Extreme Regatta got underway, and they were not the only things that were flying out of the water. The Extreme 40 catamaran was designed to maximise excitement for spectators; about as light...
Posted in Sport, Highlights

Take a shot

The Istanbul Photo Contest

By Victoria Khroundina | September 10, 2014


The Istanbul Photo Contest is now accepting entries for its 2014 competition. Launched in 2008 by Les Arts Turcs, the contest was set up to give international photographers the opportunity to ‘capture the importance of Istanbul’ – from both historical and contemporary point of views. Last year, 28 photographers submitted...
Posted in News, Photography

Understanding cocktails

Bartender of the Year

By Andrew Finkel | September 9, 2014


Some years ago I travelled to the Phrygian capital of Gordion to attend a recreation of King Midas’s funereal feast where the recipes were recreated through infrared spectroscopic analysis of the residue of the dirty dishes the mourners left behind. What I remember with most clarity was the Iron (Age)-Bru...

Gallery walkabout: Tophane

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | September 8, 2014


After the summer hiatus, galleries are opening up for an exciting new season, and that means our gallery walks are back. We begin in the gallery hub of Tophane for our first walk of the season. Ma Shulin, ‘Beautiful Drunk’ Start at the cavernous Ottoman arsenal, MSFAU Tophane-i Amire CAC, opposite the...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions

‘Images of the Other’ conference: an overview

By Victoria Khroundina | September 5, 2014


A fascinating conference took place this week exploring how cities are perceived through imagery. Scholars, architects, photographers, writers, artists and film-makers convened in a spacious and acoustically pleasing room at the sumptuous Austro-Hungarian embassy in Yeniköy, on the European shore of the Bosphorus. The conference, entitled ‘Images of the Other’,...
Posted in Architecture, Books, Contemporary Art, Film, Fine Art, History, Literature, News, Photography, Talks and Lectures

That celluloid spirit

Submissions for the fifth Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival are now open

By Victoria Khroundina | September 2, 2014


Submissions are not invited for the next Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival. The fifth edition of the festival, celebrating experimental film and moving-image art, will take place between April 16 and 19, 2015. This year’s theme is ‘Spiritus Mundi’, a historical term for ‘world soul’ or ‘spirit of the...

Turkey’s brain drain: is it reversing?

By Victoria Khroundina | August 29, 2014


‘There were no opportunities for genetic engineers in Turkey when I graduated,’ says Pelin, stirring sugar into her tea. We are having dinner at her place in Oxford on one of my recent visits there. ‘That’s why I left immediately after finishing my first degree. I wanted to do my...
Posted in News

Documentary sheds light on Turkish pop cinema

By Victoria Khroundina | August 26, 2014


This year, which commemorates the centenary of the birth of Turkish cinema, has thankfully been a very successful one for Turkey’s film industry. The biggest news of the year has been that Nuri Bilge Ceylan took the Palme D’Or at Cannes for his three-hour-plus odyssey The Winter’s Sleep (currently in cinemas)....
Posted in Film

Looking for Hadrian

By Victoria Khroundina | August 22, 2014


Earlier this month excavations began at the 2,500-year-old city of Kyzikos, in Balıkesir, northwest Turkey. The prize in sight? A relief of Hadrian. Speaking to Hürriyet Daily News last week, Nurettin Koçhan, in charge of the excavations and an associate professor at the archaeology department of Atatürk University, said that...
Posted in Archaeology, News

Sarkis at the Venice Biennale

By Victoria Khroundina | August 19, 2014


Exciting news from the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) last week, with the announcement that the artist Sarkis will represent Turkey at next year’s Venice Biennale. A new installation by Sarkis will be displayed at a dedicated new location at the Arsenale, which has been secured by the IKSV...
Posted in Contemporary Art, News

Images of the Other: Istanbul, Vienna, Venice

Learning about cities through images

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | August 15, 2014


Eagerly awaiting this conference in the splendid old Austro-Hungarian embassy in Yeniköy, on the European shore of the Bosphorus (September 2–4). A suitable venue for scholars, architects, photographers, writers, artists and filmmakers to examine perceptions of the three cities through music, film, photography, poetry, video games, popular song, the media...

Pando Kaymak faces possible closure

By Victoria Khroundina | August 12, 2014


We were sad to hear news that a Beşiktaş institution – well, an Istanbul institution – faces closure. Pando Kaymak, a favourite breakfast spot that makes its venerable kaymak (clotted cream) on the premises has been given an eviction notice, as reported by Culinary Backstreets on Friday. The café – featured...
Posted in Culinary Arts, News

‘Quick as boiled asparagus’

This month marks the bimillennial of the death of Augustus. David Barchard pays tribute to Rome’s sunny first emperor

By David Barchard | August 8, 2014


The Res Gestae Divi Augusti (The Works of the Divine Augustus) in the sadly neglected Temple of Augustus in Ankara (photographed by John Henry Haynes in 1884). THE ANNIVERSARY OF A COLOSSUS There are two classic images of Augustus from later ages. You may remember him as the grey, calculating, uncharismatic but inexorably...
Posted in History, Travel

‘The Water Diviner’

The new Russell Crowe film about Gallipoli

By Victoria Khroundina | August 8, 2014


To commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign, and more widely the First World War, any number of projects have been initiated, including exhibitions, conferences, publications and films. This Anzac Day, a number of Australian and New Zealand artists travelled to Gallipoli to paint landscapes for a centenary exhibition entitled...

Music to the eyes

‘Plurivocality’ at Istanbul Modern

By Victoria Khroundina | August 5, 2014


As it celebrates its 10th anniversary, Istanbul Modern is exploring the history of visual art in Turkey and in the surrounding region. From January to June, Neighbours examined contemporary art in Turkey and neighbouring countries with close historical, political and/or cultural ties. The latest exhibition focuses on the relationship between visual...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Music and Performing Arts

Greek isles, dire straits

By John Scott | August 2, 2014


Islamic nero, a work by Alexis Veroukas, is from the group exhibition Water, opening this evening in the Old Primary School of Chora on Patmos (until August 23). The show celebrates water and all it means to us. The intention is to raise awareness of the fragility of the marine eco-system,...
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