Inside story: Bursa

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | January 22, 2015


In our new blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. The above image was taken in Bursa, in a small village filled with wood-framed houses, similar in design to early English architecture, characterised by a horizontal band of timber which divides the upper...
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Akram Zaatari at SALT

By Victoria Khroundina | January 22, 2015


SALT continues its survey of contemporary Lebanese artists (following the Rabih Mroué show last summer) with a comprehensive exhibition of the filmmaker, photographer, archival artist and curator, Akram Zaatari. One of the most important voices in Lebanon today, Zaatari – with more than 40 works and a dozen books under...
Posted in Archaeology, Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Museums, Photography

Gallery walkabout: Karaköy/Tophane

The time and place in which we live

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | January 19, 2015


We are in Karaköy and Tophane for a very diverse gallery walk this week, taking in a bit of everything, from painting to sculpture to photography and even textiles. Memed Erdener, aka Extramücadele MOM I’M GOING OUT TO POUR SOME CONCRETE Start on Meclis-i Mebusan, east of the Tophane tram...
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Inside story: Safranbolu

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | January 16, 2015


In our new blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. I took the above image inside a house in Safranbolu, a glorious old city that has fortunately been preserved as a World Heritage Site. The houses here are solid and substantial and look as though...
Posted in Architecture, Design, Photography, Travel

A visual history of Islam

The Art Institute of Chicago’s stunning new Islamic art galleries

By Victoria Khroundina | January 14, 2015


Exciting news out of the US just as 2014 came to a close, with the Art Institute of Chicago announcing the opening of its new galleries for Islamic art, which means the museum’s sumptuous collection is on display for the first time since 2012. There will be a number of...
Posted in Architecture, Exhibitions, History, Islamic Art, Museums, News

Gallery walkabout: Beşiktaş

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | January 12, 2015


We are in Beşiktaş for our gallery walk this week, where three solo and two group exhibitions showcase Turkish and foreign artists working in all disciplines. Çağrı Saray, ‘The weight of history’ (three frames in front of the Louvre), 2013, triptych photography, 50 x 67cm each ÇAĞRI SARAY’S OUTSIDER Let’s...
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More than photography: the world of Şahin Kaygun

By Victoria Khroundina | January 8, 2015


The Şahin Kaygun exhibition, currently at Istanbul Modern, is an absolute treat for photography lovers. Little is written about the late Adana-born multidisciplinary artist, who, always seeking new forms of expression, played a pioneering role in photography in the 1980s and 1990s, generally paving the way for experimental photography in...
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News for filmmakers

By Victoria Khroundina | January 8, 2015


The Meetings on the Bridge programme, part of the 34th Istanbul Film Festival, is offering some exciting opportunities for emerging filmmakers.  The application deadline for the Film Development Workshop, to be held April 15–16, 2015, has been extended to Thursday, January 15. The workshop will train directors, screenwriters and producers...
Posted in Film, News

Gallery walkabout: Nişantaşı

More than just photography

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | January 5, 2015


For our first gallery walk of 2015 we are in Nişantaşı, the city’s original gallery hub, for a jam-packed walk to warm up your winter. Most of the galleries are hosting group shows or solo shows of important Turkish artists. A running theme is experimental photography, or photography combined with...
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The year that was…in pictures

By Victoria Khroundina | December 31, 2014


As 2014 comes to a close, I take a look at the year that was. In January, we announced that the Ancient & Modern award for original research has gone to Dr Peter Andrews (76), doyen of Asian tent studies, with Harriet Rix (23) taking the Godfrey Goodwin prize. Above,...
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Gallery walkabout: Beyoğlu

The information age

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | December 29, 2014


We are in Beyoğlu for our last gallery walk of 2014, with a diverse group of not-to-be-missed shows. On your walk, admire the pretty winter decorations on İstiklâl Caddesi. Turgut Yüksel, ‘Neo Abraham’, 2014, 100 x 93 cm TURGUT YÜKSEL’S THE CENTURY ON LOW HEAT Start at the Tünel end...
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The future looks grim…

Young Photographers Award 2014

By Victoria Khroundina | December 24, 2014


This year’s Young Photographers Award exhibition opened at the Mimar Sinan Art Gallery (at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Fındıklı Campus) on Monday. Dealing with a wide range of topics, from traditional customs to coming of age, the award once again highlights the talented pool of young photographers in...
Posted in Exhibitions, Photography

Gallery walkabout: Karaköy/Tophane

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | December 22, 2014


We are in Karaköy/Tophane for our gallery walk this week for a diverse group of exhibitions, spanning solo, group and research shows. ‘Air Manifest: Los Angeles, 1955, 1965’ AIR MANIFEST: LOS ANGELES, 1955, 1965 Start on Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi, to the east of the Tophane tram stop. At No 35,...
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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...
Posted in Exhibitions, Fine Art, History, Museums

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...
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