Doco sheds light on Istanbul’s activist youth

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...
Posted in Film, News, Gezi Protests

IMAGES V conference: Images of (Cultural) Values

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...

Olympia beckons

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...
Posted in News, Textiles

Gallery walkabout: Beyoğlu part 2

Melding techniques

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...

News for aspiring opera singers

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...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Opera, News

Gallery walkabout: Beyoğlu

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...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Photography

Classical sounds

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...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Classical Music

Embroidering history

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...
Posted in Books

Turkish presence at the Venice Biennale

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...
Posted in Contemporary Art

Gallery walkabout: Karaköy/Tophane

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...
Posted in Architecture, Contemporary Art, Design, Exhibitions, Photography

Sense and sensibility

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...
Posted in Design, Exhibitions, Modern Art

The human face of war

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...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Fine Art, History, News

Black-diamond time

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’. It...

Gallery walkabout: Karaköy/Tophane

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...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Photography

Selim III’s gift to the Tiger of Mysore

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...

The writing on the stone

‘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...
Posted in Archaeology, History, News

Istanbul film festival woes: bureaucracy or censorship?

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...

Gallery walkabout: Beşiktaş

Journeys taken

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...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Fine Art, Photography

A man of vision: Kamil Şükûn, founder of the Istanbul Recitals concert series

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...

Put your best foot forward

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...
Posted in Exhibitions, History, Museums, Highlights Istanbul
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