Pandelli’s plight – mayday in the Mısır Çarşısı

An Istanbul legend has been forced to close its doors in the revamping of the Spice Bazaar. Perhaps forever…

By David Barchard | October 23, 2016

’The country needs Pandeli,’ Adnan Menderes, Turkey’s charismatic prime minister in the 1950s, is said to have remarked in 1955 when he heard that Pandeli Çobanoğlu, the ethnic Greek owner of the best-loved fish restaurant in Istanbul, then in the Balıkpazarı down by the Golden Horn, was thinking of giving...

Weekend gallery guide: voluptuous vessels and loss in all forms

What’s on in Istanbul over the weekend of October 22–23

By Emma Harper | October 20, 2016

The big news of the Istanbul art world is the opening of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial this weekend. While there is certainly much to say about the large-scale, research-heavy biennial – be on the lookout for both a preview and a review on the blog – let’s not forget...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions

Art in the flesh

Performistanbul kicks off the new season

By Emma Harper | October 19, 2016

Imagine leaning in close to a work of art, inspecting it intently, only to find it staring right back at you. This is the disarming effect of performance art, where a relationship is formed between audience and performer. With the body as the artist’s medium, the resulting live actions emerge...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Music and Performing Arts

That poster!

By David Barchard | October 19, 2016

Last week was the 241st anniversary of the US navy – ‘Tough.’, Bold.’, and ’Ready.’ declared the poster, though it omitted to say that the navy was originally set up to fight Britain in the early months of the War of Independence. Instead in Turkey, eyes were suddenly glued to...
Posted in Fine Art, History

A flurry of jazz

Tickets are still available for the Akbank Jazz Festival

By Emma Harper | October 17, 2016

The 26th Akbank Jazz Festival is underway, with events ranging from concerts by big name jazz performers, like the Grammy award-winning bassist Ron Carter, to talks about jazz in all its forms, and even jazz-fuelled brunches. Jazz truly is all around. With only one week left to soak up all...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Jazz

Ottoman blues

Highlights of the London Islamic Sales Week

By John Scott | October 15, 2016

Islamic Sales week is underway in London, with the doors open for viewing at Sotheby's, Christie's and Bonhams. Unsurprisingly, given the economic climate in Turkey, it seems a quieter affair than usual on the Turkish front, but there is some radiant Iznik pottery and good calligraphy. A vibrant Tree of...
Posted in Islamic Art, Main Featured

Magic carpet ride

The inaugural Istanbul Carpet Conference took us on a trip from Anatolian ‘cult kilims’ to contemporary carpet design

By Emma Harper | October 9, 2016

‘Come on down!’ bellowed the exuberant MC at last week’s Istanbul Carpet Conference. It was at this moment, which came after the slick opening video and intervals of thumping music, but before any speakers had taken the stage, that I wondered whether I had mistakenly wandered onto a game show...
Posted in Design, History, Islamic Art, Talks and Lectures, Textiles

Weekend gallery guide: behind closed doors

Open Studio Days Istanbul allows the public to peek into the studios of local artists

By Emma Harper | October 6, 2016

No artist is an island. Open Studio Days Istanbul (Açık Stüdyo Günleri), which runs from October 7–9, makes certain of that. The three-day event creates an opportunity for the denizens of Istanbul to visit artists’ studios and non-commercial artist collectives that are normally off-limits. Artists directly connect not only with...
Posted in Contemporary Art, News

Rewarding reads: September 2016

Çatalhöyük finds, Thracian melodies and Tombili the cat (RIP)

By Emma Harper | October 5, 2016

‘Rewarding reads’ is a new feature on the Cornucopia blog. At the end of each month, we’ll highlight some of our favourite Turkey-related articles and news titbits that we read over the course of the month. In Discover magazine, Jennifer Hattam elucidates the new techniques utilised by archaeologists and researchers...
Posted in Archaeology, Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, History, Museums, News

A Mancunian moment

On July 15 149 years ago…

By David Barchard | October 1, 2016

On Tuesday July 15, 1867, the Sultan of the Turkish Empire, Abdülaziz, and his attendants were resting in the guest rooms at Buckingham Palace during the first-ever state visit to Britain paid by an Ottoman ruler. The weather was bad. Even though it was the height of summer, several of...
Posted in History

The cream of the film festival crop

Wild woods, jobless Brits, slave rebellions and talking trees… Filmekimi is back with the best films from the festival circuit

By Emma Harper | September 30, 2016

It’s no Cannes or Sundance, but Filmekimi may be the next best thing. Unlike these major film festivals, or even the annual Istanbul Film Festival, with its focus on competitions for both foreign and local filmmakers, Filmekimi is more of a year-in-review. The programme almost exclusively features foreign films (this...
Posted in Film, News

Weekend gallery guide: Istanbul Gallery Weekend

It’s not all doom and gloom in the Istanbul art world

By Emma Harper | September 28, 2016

We can all agree that it’s been a rough year in Turkey. Yet despite rampant uncertainty about the future and the overall gloomy mood, the inaugural Istanbul Gallery Weekend has given us something to smile about. Running from September 30 until October 2, the event will see extended opening hours...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions

Weekend gallery guide: in situ street art

What’s on in Istanbul over the weekend of September 24–25

By Emma Harper | September 22, 2016

Street art should be seen in the street. Much as I love galleries, I'd suggest taking advantage of the brilliant blue skies and cooler temperatures in Istanbul this weekend to get outdoors and roam the backstreets of Kadıköy for glimpses of some truly spectacular new street art in its natural...
Posted in Contemporary Art

Lycian hideaway

A long weekend of rest and repose in Çıralı

By Emma Harper | September 19, 2016

When I think of lazy summer days spent lounging by the seaside, I immediately conjure up images of Çıralı. This small town, located on the southern coast of Turkey, is home to a sand-and-pebble beach that stretches for almost 4km, hemmed in by a wooded headland to the north. On...
Posted in Nature, Travel

Weekend gallery guide: digital detritus and youthful encounters

What’s on in Istanbul over the weekend of September 17–18

By Emma Harper | September 15, 2016

The Pera Museum is not afraid to play around. The two exhibitions that opened last week illustrate the museum’s desire to look towards the future and have some fun in the process. In Katherine Behar: Data Entry, the artist explores digital labour through sculpture, performance, video and writing, while Encounters...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Museums

Going big at the Venice Film Festival

Reha Erdem’s film ‘Big Big World’ wins the Special Orizzonti Jury Prize at the 73rd Venice Film Festival

By Emma Harper | September 13, 2016

Described by David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter as ‘a thick Freudian soup of sibling love and parental denial’, Big Big World (Koca Dünya) – the only Turkish film in competition at the 73rd Venice Film Festival – certainly made an impact. Out of 32 films selected for the Horizons...
Posted in Film, News

Weekend gallery guide: late capitalism, meaningful architecture and genuine copies

What’s on in Istanbul over the weekend of September 10–11

By Emma Harper | September 8, 2016

Autumn is upon us, bringing with it a plethora of exhibition openings. This weekend we’re sticking close to Karaköy and Tophane for three shows that have opened in the past week. They range from historical explorations and site-specific installations to a more traditional solo showing. All three can be seen...
Posted in Architecture, Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, History

Weekend gallery guide: grids, rings and a lost empire

What’s on in Istanbul over the weekend of September 3–4

By Emma Harper | September 1, 2016

Istanbul can feel a bit barren in the summer. That feeling was amplified this year by the constant construction in Beyoğlu and the shuttering of countless shops on İstiklâl Caddesi. Yet a few cultural institutions and galleries have kept their doors open and their spaces filled with art and artefacts....
Posted in Archaeology, Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, History, Photography

Weekend gallery guide: vibrant colours and abstract sculptures

What’s on in Istanbul over the weekend of August 27–28

By Emma Harper | August 25, 2016

Each Thursday on the Cornucopia blog we share our pick of exhibitions in Istanbul to visit over the coming weekend. This weekend we recommend a visit to one of the museums in Istanbul, the Sakıp Sabancı Museum. Located on the shores of the Bosphorus, this cultural institution has been staging...
Posted in Exhibitions, Modern Art, Museums

Weekend gallery guide

What’s on in Istanbul over the weekend of August 20–21

By Emma Harper | August 18, 2016

Each Thursday on the Cornucopia blog we share our pick of exhibitions in Istanbul to visit over the coming weekend. Bomontiada is the place to be this summer. The former beer factory exudes an energy that’s been lacking in Beyoğlu. The complex is home to Babylon Bomonti, a slew of...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions
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