Ephesus: a visual diary

By Victoria Khroundina | July 31, 2015


‘Turkey’s greatest classical sight can come as a shock, even to a die-hard art historian,’ writes Roger Williams in the introduction to the Cornucopia guide entry on Ephesus. Well, I’m not an historian, but even to a layman (albeit a curious one), the sight is fascinating. After living in Turkey...
Posted in History, Travel

A painterly tribute to Gezi

By Victoria Khroundina | July 28, 2015


On display until the end of summer on the terrace of the Istanbul Chamber of Architects in Karaköy is a 50-square metre painting paying tribute to the Gezi protests. The colossal work (above) was painted by the artist Haydar Özay, the son of the former head gardener of Gezi Park, Cemal Özay, who has...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, News, Gezi Protests

And Ancient & Modern goes to…

The winner of Cornucopia and HALI Magazines’ 9th Ancient & Modern Prize for Original Research

By Cornucopia Arts Diary | July 26, 2015


The winner of this year’s Ancient & Modern Prize was announced on Friday. The chance to win the award of £1,000 is offered to anyone 26 or under or 60 or over (age groups rarely catered for by grant-givers) with a yearning to learn, discover, confirm or experience something, preferably...

Lapping up classical sounds in Gümüşlük

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | July 24, 2015


If you find yourself holidaying in Bodrum or around the Muğla region in the next few weeks, we can’t recommend the Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival more strongly. Taking place in the small fishing village of Gümüşlük, the month-long festival is co-curated by Turkey’s leading pianist Gülsin Onay, who, unsurprisingly, delivers...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Classical Music

Capturing the Empire

By Victoria Khroundina | July 21, 2015


Beautifully arranged across the foyer and main gallery of the Research Centre for Anatolian Civilisations (RCAC) is the exhibition Camera Ottomana, tracing photography and modernity in the Ottoman Empire from 1840 to 1914. The RCAC excels at these historical photography exhibitions. They are compact but informative, well arranged and lit,...
Posted in Exhibitions, History, Photography

Telling Turkey’s history through women’s stories

The ‘Kadınlar: goddesses – harem – power’ exhibition

By Victoria Khroundina | July 16, 2015


Women’s stories take centre stage in a fascinating show currently on at the TwentseWelle in Enschede, Netherlands. This city, close to the German border, is home to thousands of Turkish migrants, so a Turkish-themed exhibition seemed a welcome idea for the museum. Kadınlar: goddesses – harem – power takes viewers on...
Posted in Exhibitions, History, Islamic Art, Museums, Textiles, Main Featured

Prepare to be spellbound…

The Klasik Keyifler August concert series

By Dayna Tellibayraktar | July 15, 2015


The weekend of August 1 kicks off three weeks of lively music from Klasik Keyifler – a collaboration of devoted musicians, both students and professionals, who will perform concerts in candle-lit caves across Cappadocia. Organiser and renowned violinist Ellen Jewett hopes the 23-day classical music extravaganza will bring together locals,...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Classical Music

A contact sheet is worth 1,000 words

The ‘Magnum – Contact Sheet’ exhibition at Istanbul Modern

By Victoria Khroundina | July 14, 2015


There’s still time to catch the excellent Magnum – Contact Sheet show at Istanbul Modern. The museum’s photography exhibitions usually showcase important Turkish photographers or shed light on significant moments in the Turkish photography scene. This time attention is turned away from Turkey to the powerhouse Magnum Photos agency. The...
Posted in Exhibitions, History, Museums, Photography

The first Orientalist

Tim Cornwell visits the Jean-Étienne Liotard exhibition in Edinburgh

By Tim Cornwell | July 9, 2015


The 18th-century portrait artist Jean-Étienne Liotard, depicted in this miniature self-portrait in the Royal Collection, is widely seen as the first Orientalist. The four years he spent in Turkey from 1738, drawing and painting Western merchants and diplomats as well as Ottoman citizens, made him the first serious European artist...
Posted in Exhibitions, Orientalism

A penchant for theatrics: The photography of Cecil Beaton

By Victoria Khroundina | July 9, 2015


On show for another two-and-a-half weeks at the Pera Museum are portraits by one of the 20th century’s most important photographers, Cecil Beaton. A bit of a jack of all trades, Beaton was also an illustrator, designer, writer and Oscar-winning costumer designer. But the show at Pera, curated by Terence...
Posted in Exhibitions, Modern Art, Museums, Photography

Hot weather, cool art

Where to see contemporary art shows in Istanbul this summer

By Victoria Khroundina | July 7, 2015


Our round-up of contemporary art shows open this summer, by neighbourhood. Magnum – Contact Sheets Karaköy/Tophane A few things of interest at Istanbul Modern, starting with the excellent Mehmet Güleryüz retrospective Painter and Painting (main image), which has been extended until July 26. Meanwhile, in the Photography Gallery, the Magnum...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Modern Art, Museums, Photography

Superlatives on the Bosphorus: the new Istanbul Recitals season

By Cornucopia Arts Diary | July 6, 2015


Istanbul Recitals is surely the Bosphorus’s best-kept musical secret: a monthly series of classical piano recitals by visiting virtuosi. Sadly, Kamil Şükûn, the mentor and inspiration behind the series, died in April after a short illness, but his legacy is alive and well. We cannot recommend these recitals too strongly,...

Istanbul’s art scene: a work in progress

By Victoria Khroundina | July 3, 2015


Earlier this year Kerimcan Güleryüz moved his gallery, The Empire Project, from its Sıraselviler Caddesi location in Taksim further down the road to Cihangir. The new gallery looked great when I visited, but I liked the Taksim space – in a beautiful, crumbling 19th-century building – just as much. When...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Modern Art, Museums, Photography

The fatal Orientalist

How the East turned the mind of the painter Richard Dadd

By Tim Cornwell | June 30, 2015


In 1842 the gifted young British artist Richard Dadd embarked on a 10-month journey across Europe to the Ottoman lands of the Orient. As a draughtsman and travelling companion to a Welsh gentleman tourist, he joined what would become a horseback marathon. The two men travelled through France, Italy and...
Posted in Exhibitions, Fine Art, History, Museums

Born to drum

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | June 24, 2015


On Friday (June 26), we will be launching Cornucopia’s associate editor and music journalist Tony Barrell’s new book Born to Drum: The Truth About the World's Greatest Drummers (HarperCollins). Clem Burke of Blondie describes it as an ‘engaging journey into the wild and wonderful world of drumming’. Interviews range from Phil...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts

Garden of woven delights

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | June 23, 2015


Inspiring design motifs abound at the Halı Gallery at Olympia Art & Antiques Fair. James Cohen Antique Carpets presents this magnificent silk Bukhara suzani on Stand 44. Price on request. James’ assistant Ekaterina Ivanova adds a further layer of beauty with her embroidery-inspired silk-print blouse. Photo by Julie Witford. 
Posted in Design, Textiles

Gallery walkabout: Beyoğlu

The final stroll

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | June 23, 2015


For our last gallery walk of the season, we visit some scintillating shows in young and veteran galleries and museums in the heart of the European city, Beyoğlu. Although many galleries are closing for the summer, quite a few will remain open, offering a wide range of exhibitions and events...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Modern Art, Museums, Photography

Stories from Olympia

How to show off your Grayson Perry tapestry

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | June 22, 2015


Our neighbour at HALI at Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair, the carpet designer Gideon Hatch, was commissioned last year to create a carpet to go with a client’s recently acquired tapestry by Grayson Perry – the magnificent ‘Map of Truths and Beliefs’ (and if you haven’t yet seen the Grayson...
Posted in Design, Islamic Art, Modern Art, Textiles

Soaring high at Olympia

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | June 21, 2015


The first weekend of HALI at Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair was off to a good start. Robert Chenciner (author of a memorable article in Cornucopia 28, ‘The Peoples that Time Forgot’), gave a characteristically vivid account yesterday afternoon of eagle motifs in North Caucasian – and particularly Dagestani –...
Posted in Design, Islamic Art, Textiles

The caravan is back

HALI’s return to Olympia

By Cornucopia | June 19, 2015


Very good to be trotting back to London’s HALI Fair. Well not quite the HALI Fair yet, but HALI at the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair, a good start after 10 years’ absence, even if not quite the awesome cavernous hall of carpet fame of the early 2000s. Olympia’s...
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