By Victoria Khroundina | May 21, 2015
In 2013, the revered pop culture/music channel MTV launched a new series of documentaries, entitled Rebel Music.
The idea behind the series was to highlight stories of young fearless musicians and artists around the world who are rising up against oppression in their respective countries. The series had its premiere last...
Film, News, Gezi Protests
Call for papers
By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | May 20, 2015
The IMAGES conference is back for its fifth edition and will take place at a venue in Beyoğlu this year. Developed by Veronika Bernard, an associate professor at the Department of German Language and Literature at the University of Innsbruck, and the photographer Serhan Oksay, the conference series is part of a...
HALI at the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair
By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | May 19, 2015
For those with happy memories of the glory days of the Hali Fair at Olympia, it is good to see the venerable rug magazine HALI making a return to the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair this summer with a select group of international antique rug and textile dealers (June...
By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | May 18, 2015
On part two of our Beyoğlu walk we visit some museums and galleries hosting truly exceptional shows. İnci Eviner, ‘Off the mirror’, 2015, 3-channel HD video, 5.1 surround sound, 6’, loop, video still, courtesy of the artist
SPACELINER Let’s start at the Tünel end of İstiklâl Caddesi, where ARTER at...
The 8th Leyla Gencer Voice Competition
By Victoria Khroundina | May 14, 2015
There's just two more weeks to apply for this edition of the Leyla Gencer Voice Competition. Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) and the Accademia Teatro alla Scala – and named after the first lady of Turkish opera, the late Leyla Gencer – the competition is...
Music and Performing Arts, Opera, News
Behind the lens
By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | May 11, 2015
Spring has finally sprung and before many of the city’s galleries close for the summer hiatus, make sure you get in a couple more gallery walks and catch some of the very impressive art being showcased around the city right now. This week we’re in Beyoğlu, where there is a...
Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Photography
The 43rd Istanbul Music Festival
By Victoria Khroundina | May 8, 2015
Turkey’s biggest classical music festival begins at the end of the month, with 27 concerts staged over four weeks. Now in its 43rd edition, the theme this year is ‘Cultural Landscapes’, which is a reference to the nationalist movement that arose due to the strengthening of ties between various European...
Music and Performing Arts, Classical Music
New title available from the Cornucopia store
By Victoria Khroundina | May 6, 2015
The newest title to be added to the Cornucopia store is the English author Kathryn Gauci’s first novel, The Embroiderer.
With a background in textile design and specialisations in carpet design (she worked as a carpet designer in Athens for six years), Gauci is well-versed in both textiles and Greece to tell...
By Victoria Khroundina | April 30, 2015
The Venice Biennale – the world’s oldest and biggest – kicks off next Saturday May 9. This year’s theme is ‘All the World’s Futures’, with artists from 89 countries investigating the ‘age of anxiety’ that advances in technology have left us with, and exploring the relationship between art and the...
Something for everyone
By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | April 27, 2015
A packed walk for part two of our Karaköy/Tophane gallery walkabout, in which we visit art institutions, galleries and an urban think tank for solo and group shows, spanning such diverse subjects as architecture, history, identity and jewellery. There truly is something for everyone this week. TURKISH ARCHITECTURE YEARBOOK First...
Architecture, Contemporary Art, Design, Exhibitions, Photography
The very graphic posters of Yurdaer Altıntaş
By Berrin Torolsan | April 24, 2015
For an immensely satisfying and perfectly formed exhibition, I urge readers to visit Yurdaer Altıntaş's 80th birthday show at the Işık Gallery in Teşvikiye (closes April 30). Altıntaş, born in Kars to a Turkish officer of Cretan extraction and a Polish mother, is one of the fathers of modern Turkish...
Design, Exhibitions, Modern Art
Gallipoli Art Prize
By Victoria Khroundina | April 23, 2015
The very first blog I wrote for Cornucopia two years ago was on the Gallipoli Art Prize. And now on the Gallipoli Campaign’s centenary and the prize’s tenth and final instalment, it feels fitting and somehow bitter-sweet to report on it again. The winner and runners-up were announced yesterday. There...
Contemporary Art, Fine Art, History, News
The Anatolian truffle season
By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | April 22, 2015
A slightly sniffy email yesterday from our friend David Barchard, in the heart of Cappadocia. ‘One stall was selling a box of little things that looked a bit like small potatoes in the market today,’ he writes. ‘I asked what they were and was told they were called ‘keme
Techniques versus mediums
By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | April 20, 2015
This week we’re in Karaköy/Tophane, the city’s undisputed gallery hub, for a diverse walk exploring both serious and lighter topics. Onur Gülfidan, ‘Knock on wood’, 2015, 120 x 120 cm
ONUR GÜLFIDAN’S SLEIGHT OF HAND Let’s start on Mumhane Caddesi, running parallel to the main drag, Kemeraltı Caddesi, where the...
Contemporary Art, Photography
Looted booty from India at Bonhams
By Roger Williams | April 16, 2015
A beautiful Ottoman horse’s bridle of red morocco and gilt brass is part of the spring sale of Islamic and Indian Art at Bonhams New Bond Street on April 21. It was a gift from Ottoman Sultan Selim III to the brilliant Tipu Sultan, ‘the Tiger of Mysore’. The sale...
‘A Gigantic Jigsaw Puzzle: The Epicurean Inscription of Diogenes of Oinoanda’
By Victoria Khroundina | April 16, 2015
Archaelogy lovers, this might be of interest. We received an email from Professor Martin Ferguson Smith via the Anglo-Turkish Society alerting us that a short film shot at the archaeological site of Oinoanda (close to Fethiye) is now available to watch on YouTube (where would we be without it). ‘Oinoanda’s...
Archaeology, History, News
By Victoria Khroundina | April 14, 2015
If you’ve been following the blog you will know that Istanbul is the throes of its annual film festival. Its 34th, in fact, so things have been going well. Until now. On Sunday I had an email from the festival’s organisers, the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV for...
By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | April 13, 2015
For our walk this week we are in Beşiktaş, where most of the galleries are offering solo shows, with two group exhibitions in the mix. Don’t underestimate this humble neighbourhood – it is home to some of the best galleries in the city. Esin Turan, ‘May 1st, 2013’, 2013, mixed
Contemporary Art, Fine Art, Photography
By John Scott | April 12, 2015
Mehmet Kamil Şükûn (1948–2015) The Istanbul Recitals is a monthly series of tip-top recitals by fabulously talented musicians from San Francisco to Beijing, a shining light on the Bosphorus, and one with a large, loyal and discerning following. Sadly, we have lost the man who started it all. All our...
The ‘Shoes’ exhibition at Sadberk Hanım Museum
By Victoria Khroundina | April 10, 2015
The current exhibition on at the Sadberk Hanım Museum gives visitors a slice of Ottoman life – more specifically, what the Ottomans wore on their feet. Well-laid out over three rooms, visitors can get up close to the magnificent selection of 127 shoes, slippers, boots and clogs, made in bold...
Exhibitions, History, Museums, Highlights Istanbul