By John Scott | March 10, 2014
A friend in Crimea – happier in the role of ‘makeup and fashion blogger, Crimean Tatar, brow-freak, tan-lover and coffee-addict’ – writes: ‘The situation here is getting even more serious. All the Ukrainian TV channels have been switched off today in Crimea. We only have ATR now, there is lots...
An ‘Abduction’ in many tongues
By Haluk Direskeneli | March 10, 2014
One has to admire Yekta Kara’s staging of The Abduction from the Seraglio
at the Ankara State Opera House. I was frankly sceptical about her previous productions, which I found unusual, not to say maverick. This is different. It is, in a word, fantastic. Elsewhere in the world, all the...
Music and Performing Arts, Opera
A mixed bag
By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | March 10, 2014
We are back in busy Beşiktaş for our gallery walk this week, where some of our favourite galleries begin their spring season with a mix of interesting group and solo shows. Cornucopia subscribers also get free entry to the Naval Museum (featured in Cornucopia No 50) until the end of...
Contemporary Art, Exhibitions
Letters in a bottle
By John Scott | March 8, 2014
Our hearts go out to the Crimean Tatars. This photograph of a rally in Simferopol comes from a Crimean fashion journalist Adilebkk's blog. The Crimean Tatars nurse painful memories of 1944, the year Stalin ordered 32,000 troops to expel them from their homeland – on May 18 that year, they...
By Victoria Khroundina | March 7, 2014
Using bicycles instead of buses or cars to get around the mad metropolis that is Istanbul seems like a wonderful idea for many reasons. If you have ever lived in or visited the city, you will know about the traffic jams that can turn a half-hour journey into a three-hour...
ModernWorks Ensemble and NY2 Dance at Freer Gallery
By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | March 3, 2014
If in Washington DC, don’t miss a special performance event this Thursday (March 6) at the Freer Art Gallery. The New York-based new-music ensemble ModernWorks will perform fascinating works by Turkish composers, which have been composed for Turkish as well as Western instruments. The evening will also feature a performance...
Exhibitions, History, Music and Performing Arts, Photography
A matter of discipline
By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | February 28, 2014
We are back in fashionable Nişantaşı this week for a mix of solo and group shows focusing on various disciplines: photography, architecture, performance art, sculpture and contemporary art jewellery. There are a few new additions to our walks as well. Installation view of Hadiye Cangökçe’s ‘Somebody else’s art’
Contemporary Art, Exhibitions
Philip Mansel’s lecture at the British Museum
By Victoria Khroundina | February 27, 2014
This November the first-ever Conference on Levantine History will take place in Istanbul. Last month I attended an interesting – and timely – lecture by the historian Dr Philip Mansel on this very subject at the British Museum. Dr Mansel focused on the three Levant cities he covers in his book...
History, Talks and Lectures
2014 Arif Mardin Music Fellowship
By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | February 24, 2014
Young musicians or friends and family of young musicians, take note: there’s just five days left to apply for this year’s Arif Mardin Music Fellowship. As in previous years, the fellowship culminates in a five-week summer programme (from July 12 to August 15, 2014) at the prestigious Berklee College of...
Music and Performing Arts, News
By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | February 21, 2014
We are back in the city’s gallery hub, Karaköy/Tophane, for our walk this week, where our favourite galleries are concentrating on solo shows of Turkish artists. Whether exploring personal narratives or the universe, there should be something to tickle everyone’s fancy. Barbara and Zafer Baran, ‘Moon Drawings 0757, 0795’, 2013,
Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, History, Museums, Photography
By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | February 19, 2014
There's just over two weeks left to apply for the 18th annual Intensive Ottoman and Turkish Summer School, again taking place on beautiful Cunda Island (Alibey Adası
). Run by the Ottoman Studies Foundation and sponsored by Koç University and the Turkish Cultural Foundation, the programme is open to anyone interested...
V&A Jameel Prize exhibition
By Victoria Khroundina | February 17, 2014
The works of the ten Jameel Prize finalists are meticulously placed around the Porter Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), curated by Tim Stanley, the V&A’s senior curator of the Middle East department, with help from the curator of Middle Eastern Contemporary art and design, Salma Tuqan. The...
Architecture, Design, Exhibitions, Islamic Art
Personal versus public
By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | February 14, 2014
We continue our tour of the Beyoğlu galleries this week, hoping that a culture fix will, at least for a little while, take our minds off Phaselis. Galatasaray may be best known for its football club and lycée, but there’s plenty to like about this lively neighbourhood. Start at the...
Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Museums
From Francis Russell, author of Places in Turkey
By Francis Russell | February 14, 2014
Phaselis with its twin ports is among the most atmospheric of classical sites in Turkey. And it seems incomprehensible that a development of so substantial a kind should be permitted whether within the site of the ancient city or in its immediate vicinity, when other much less sensitive sites are...
How is it possible for a hotel developer to be allowed to ride roughshod over the Mediterranean’s most idyllic classical site
By The Cornucopia Blog | February 13, 2014
The Lycian city of Phaselis, west of Antalya on Turkey’s southern coast, is one of the most idyllic classical sites in the world. Served in ancient times by several picturesque natural harbours, it was here that Alexander the Great spent the winter of 334/333BC and the ancient Romans sourced their...
19th London Turkish Film Festival
By Victoria Khroundina | February 12, 2014
Time is again approaching for this year’s London Turkish Film Festival. Founded by Vedide Kaymak in 1993, the festival has grown over the past 20 years and what began as a three-day event has flourished into two weeks of screenings of the best in Turkish cinema spread across various venues...
‘When Viewing Ancient Beauty’ exhibition
By Victoria Khroundina | February 10, 2014
The Sismanoglio Megaro, Istanbul’s Greek Cultural Centre, is hosting a captivating photography exhibition of the American artist J. Joshua Garrick until March 9. Curated by the art historian Iris Kritikou and with the installations designed by Marios Voutsinas, the exhibition focuses on photographs that Garrick took of ancient sculptures and artefacts...
Masters of material
By CORNUCOPIA BLOG | February 7, 2014
The thriving hub of the European Quarter – Beyoğlu – never sleeps and while it may be true that it is the
place to go to have a meal, hear some music, watch a show or peruse the shops, it is also fast becoming the place for contemporary art. When...
Contemporary Art, Exhibitions
By Victoria Khroundina | February 6, 2014
The !f Istanbul Film Festival, now in its 13th year, lands next Friday, February 13 for ten days of pure cinematic pleasure whether you are a die-hard cinephile or just an occasional filmgoer. Still from Good Vibrations
As in previous years, the programme is divided into various categories. Some of...
By Cornucopia Blog | February 4, 2014
If the world press is to be believed, the Black Sea has become a cesspit of grubby speculation and political greed. Kiev speaks for itself. A horrendous nuclear power station project is steaming ahead on a well-known earthquake fault line on Turkey's Black Sea coast (the Japanese and Russians are...
News, Gezi Protests