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 diverse subjects such as architecture, history, identity and even jewellery. There truly is something for everyone this week. TURKISH ARCHITECTURE YEARBOOK...
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, Main Featured
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
The ongoing destruction of Turkey’s coastline
By Victoria Khroundina | April 9, 2015
Another beauty spot that was. Photos this morning from an activist Facebook site (one the authorities would no doubt love to shut down). They show the ongoing destruction of Güvercinlik Cove on the Bodrum peninsula. Eight years ago, a fire swept through the area in suspicious circumstances, destroying acres of...
Nature, News, Travel
Art for the home
By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | April 6, 2015
On the second part of our Nişantaşı walk we visit another six galleries offering solo shows of artists working in the disciplines of painting, sculpture, photography and design. Up for grabs are elegant wood sculptures, abstract mixed media on wood, unusual interior products and more. The seventh and final stop is...
Contemporary Art, Design, Exhibitions, Fine Art, Nature, Photography
Highlights of the 34th Istanbul Film Festival
By Victoria Khroundina | April 2, 2015
My favourite time of the year – Istanbul Film Festival time – is almost here! For two whole weeks, cinephiles can binge on more than 200 films from 62 countries, screened at nine cinemas, with the festival delivering yet another scintillating programme for its 34th year. Here’s a round-up of...
Art for the wall
By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | March 30, 2015
In this first section of our two-part Nişantaşı walk we visit six galleries hosting solo and group shows, comprising painting, photography and mixed media works. Franz Ackermann, ‘Bohol’, 2012, mixed media on dibond, 195 x 150 cm
GROUP EXHIBITION Let’s start on Abdi İpekçi Caddesi, where Dirimart at No 7...
Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Photography
Ali Kazma’s ‘Timemaker’ at ARTER
By Victoria Khroundina | March 25, 2015
Unlike the majority of ARTER’s exhibitions, Ali Kazma’s timemaker
doesn’t immediataely draw you in off the street. And that is because, unlike Marc Quinn’s show with his giant shell sculpture, or the Füsun Onur retrospective with her ‘Mirrored Labyrinth’ piece – both of which pieces were plainly visible through the gallery's top-to-floor glass...
Exhibitions, Film, Museums
By John Scott | March 25, 2015
The scale of destruction is simply jawdropping. To learn more about the horrors inflicted so far on the Belgrade Forest, visit the Northern Forests Defence association (Kuzey Ormanlari Savunması, or KOS) press conference in Karaköy on March 26. It takes place at 11.30 in the Istanbul Mimarlar Odası (Chamber of...
Widen your imagination
By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | March 23, 2015
On part 2 of our Beyoğlu walk, we visit galleries, museums and art institutions from Tünel to Cihangir which are hosting assorted solo and group shows. Many of the exhibitions are highly conceptual, and some are unusual – viewers are advised to approach them with an open mind. Ayline Olukman, ‘Stairway’, 2015,
Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Museums
By Victoria Khroundina | March 20, 2015
Joobin Bekhrad’s moving tribute to Yaşar Kemal in Reorient
magazine perfectly encapsulates the legacy the novelist left not only within Turkey’s literary history, but for storytelling in general. Bekhrad lovingly calls Kemal, who passed away last month, a ‘hero’. Writing the piece in his Toronto apartment, Bekhrad is surrounded by Kemal’s...
A series concentration
By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | March 16, 2015
On the first leg of our two-part Beyoğlu walk, we visit galleries from all corners of the neighbourhood, from Tünel to Cihangir, stopping off at a famous building packed with galleries, the Mısır Apartment (above). Erol Eskici, ‘Nostomania’, 2014
EROL ESKICI’S NOSTOMANIA Let’s start at the Tünel end of Istiklâl...
Contemporary Art, Exhibitions