Soft power

The Urartian Jewellery Collection exhibition at the Rezan Has Museum

By Harriet Rix | July 30, 2014

A lion with two arrows sticking out of its neck marches proudly onwards; a sphinx sprouts a dragon's head from its rear; a pot of fragrant stew is taken towards the King by a servant girl; a chariot rolls over an Anatolian plain. All these things were depicted, along with...

Lavish landscapes

‘Landscape’ exhibition at the Paintings and Sculpture Museum

By Victoria Khroundina | July 29, 2014

The Mimar Sinan Fine Art University’s ambitious Paintings and Sculpture Museum officially opened its doors last Thursday with an exhibition of landscapes by some of Turkey’s greatest artists. Expert brushwork on canvases of all sizes in (mostly) gold frames from such names as Hoca Ali Riza, Hüseyin Zekai Paşa, Halil Paşa,...

A portrait of Turkey

‘On the Road’, an exhibition of photographs from the Nar Photos Archive at the Istanbul Modern

By Victoria Khroundina | July 25, 2014

How does Turkey look today? That is perhaps the question you can ask yourself when visiting the new exhibition at Istanbul Modern’s Photography Gallery. Curated by Sena Çakırkaya, On the Road brings together 75 pictures from the Nar Photos Archives, showing scenes and events from Turkey’s recent past. Whether it's a...
Posted in Photography, Highlights Istanbul

Pera Palace: one of the best hotels for book lovers

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | July 22, 2014 has named Pera Palace Hotel, Jumeriah one of the eight best hotels for book lovers. Located in the cosmopolitan Tebebaşı district of Beyoğlu and dating back to 1892, the Pera Palace overlooks the Golden Horn with 115 rooms including 16 suites named after the Hotel’s most illustrious guests or their...

‘Through the Looking Glass’ at ARTER

Get lost in Füsun Onur’s wonderland

By Victoria Khroundina | July 18, 2014

As usual, ARTER delivers in spades: its current exhibition delves – with precision and ingenuity – into the 50-year career of one of Turkey’s most prominent contemporary artists, Füsun Onur. Forty-three works are thoughtfully displayed over four floors. The best advice I can offer when visiting the exhibition is not...

Summer art

Our gallery walks are on a break but there is still plenty for art lovers in Istanbul

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | July 15, 2014

As many of the city’s galleries shut up shop for the summer, our gallery walks also come to an end until September. But some galleries, museums and art institutions are still hosting a plethora of exciting exhibitions over the next two months. We bring you a round-up, by neighbourhood. Plurivocality exhibition...

One hot, dry summer

Turkey’s drought problem

By Victoria Khroundina | July 11, 2014

Every day this week the water in my apartment in Beşiktaş was turned off, for at least an hour. Tuesday proved particularly challenging, with the water off almost the entire day. As reported in the Cihan newspaper on July 3, the Istanbul Waterworks Authority (ISKI) has been resorting to water...
Posted in Nature, News

Dr Andrew Mango (1926–July 6, 2014)

A tribute by Andrew Finkel


I walk most days past Aslanyataği Street in the Cihangir neighbourhood of Istanbul – which translates as the Lion’s Den. It is a tiny loop of an alleyway and  I know it better for a particular building called Jones Apt which was home to the Mango family, scions of the...
Posted in Obituaries

Gallery walkabout: Karaköy/Tophane


For our last gallery walk of the season, we are in Istanbul’s gallery hub, Karaköy/Tophane, for five diverse group shows. Hale Tenger, ‘Balloons on the Sea’, 2011, 7-channel, video installation, colour with sound, audio by Serdar Ateşer, 5’ 40”, courtesy of the artist, Green Art Gallery and Galeri Nev Let’s...

Time for jazz

By Victoria Khroundina | July 2, 2014

Cool off with some hot jazz: the 21st Istanbul Jazz Festival opened yesterday with a concert by FOURinthePOCKET, a band formed by young Istanbul-based musicians, and will run until July 16. As in previous years – and especially recently – the festival features a wide variety of musicians from every...

Gallery walkabout: Beyoğlu round 2

A group ambition

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | June 30, 2014

On one of our last gallery walks for the season before some shut up shop for the summer, we are back in Beyoğlu for five group shows, most of them with no particular theme. Duygu Nazlı Akova, ‘Chaos in Cosmos’, 2014, video
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Turkey adds two more Unesco sites

Bursa and Pergamon join World Heritage list

By Roger Williams | June 30, 2014

Bursa and Pergamon have been added to Turkey’s nine other Cultural Sites on the Unesco World Heritage list following a 10-day meeting in Doha which concluded on June 25. The citations are for ‘Bursa and Cumalıkızık: The Birth of the Ottoman Empire’ and ‘Pergamon and its Multi-Layered Cultural Landscape’. The...

Open call for Moon and Stars Project grants

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | June 27, 2014

There is just over a month to apply for The American Turkish Society's Moon and Stars Project autumn grants. The programme provides project and residency grants for burgeoning and established artists. The residency grants are awarded only to projects under the auspices of an arts and culture organisation in Turkey or...

Eat for a good cause

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | June 25, 2014

This Friday (June 27), a dinner to raise funds for the Syrian plight will be held in the beautiful gardens of the Crimean Memorial Church. The organisers are hoping to raise $1,000 or more for two important causes. A donation of TL75 (£22) per head is suggested, and includes a...
Posted in Fundraiser, News

Gallery walkabout: Beyoğlu

A matter of black and white

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | June 23, 2014

We are in Beyoğlu (seen from above in the main photo) this week for our gallery walk, with two solo shows, two group shows and a fascinating research exhibition on offer. Again, a reminder that some of the galleries will be closing for the summer months, but there is just time...

Istanbul Biennial news

By Victoria Khroundina | June 20, 2014

The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) has recently announced that the 14th Istanbul Biennial will take place between September 5th and November 1st, 2015, and that it will be curated by the author and curator, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev. With research interests spanning artistic practices, art history and the politics...

Gallery walkabout: Beşiktaş

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | June 16, 2014

For our walk this week we are in unassuming Beşiktaş, where most of the galleries are showing interesting group shows, with a few solo ones in the mix. Again, as many of the galleries prepare to close for the summer months, this is one of the last chances to see...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions

Warhol and Chambers: paragons of paint and print

By Victoria Khroundina | June 13, 2014

Two very rewarding exhibitions are currently on at the Pera Museum, both showing works from a master of print. One is a household name – Andy Warhol – and the other is the lesser-known but very talented British artist, Stephen Chambers. Another thing linking the artists, says the museum’s general manager,...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Museums

Gallery walkabout: Nişantaşı

Philosophical musings, realistic depictions


We are in chic Nişantaşı this week for a very diverse gallery walk. Half-solo, half-group, the exhibitions we cover are concerned with many different themes and showcase international as well as local talent. As some of the galleries prepare to close for the summer months, this is one of the...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Islamic Art

Archaeology for the People

The Joukowsky Institute Competition for Accessible Archaeological Writing

By Victoria Khroundina | June 6, 2014

Adhering to the ethos that the results of archaeological discovery and analysis are important and deserve the widest possible audience, the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University is launching a new archaeological writing competition. Inviting submissions of accessible and engaging articles, accompanied by a single...
Posted in Archaeology, History, News
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