The power of propaganda

The ‘Propaganda and War’ exhibition at the RCAC

By Victoria Khroundina | February 26, 2015


There’s still time to see the compact but thoroughly enjoyable exhibition Propaganda and War: The Allied Front during the First World War at the RCAC. Organised within the scope of the 100th anniversary of the First World War, historical objects, archival documents and Ottoman artefacts and memorabilia from the Ömer...
Posted in Exhibitions, Museums

‘Building Wonders’: Haghia Sophia

A new documentary featuring Robert Ousterhout

By Victoria Khroundina | February 24, 2015


Readers in the US, a treat is coming to your TV screens this Wednesday (February 25). Providence Pictures is releasing the third installment in its Building Wonders series. The first, on the Colosseum, aired on February 11, the second on Petra aired on February 18, and the third, entitled Hagia Sophia –...
Posted in Film, News

Gallery walkabout: Nişantaşı to Beşiktaş

Hot topics

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | February 23, 2015


In this week’s walk, we explore galleries in two nearby neighbourhoods: Nişantaşı and Beşiktaş. There are mostly solo exhibitions, and many of the shows deal with societally important topics. Ali İbrahim Öcal, ‘Meer because the expression is better’, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 115 x 165 cm TAKE IT OR LEAVE...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Photography

Inside story: Çamlıhemşin

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | February 20, 2015


In this blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. There are a couple of thousand people living in Çamlıhemşin, a small town on a plateau in the mountainous area of Rize, in the Eastern Black Sea region. Looking up from the base of...
Posted in Architecture, Design, Photography, Travel

Learn Ottoman and Turkish this summer

By Victoria Khroundina | February 13, 2015


In addition to its two regular summer programmes, the Research Centre for Anatolian Civilisation (RCAC) is introducing a brand-new programme this year.  The Summer Programme for Ottoman and Turkish will run from July 6 to August 13, 2015 from RCAC’s Galatasaray venue. This intensive programme is open to graduate students...
Posted in History, News

Call for applications: 2015 Arif Mardin Music Fellowship

Deadline: March 1, 2015

By Victoria Khroundina | February 10, 2015


It’s the time of year again when applications are being accepted for the Arif Mardin Music Fellowship. Launched in 2007 by The American Turkish Society (ATS) in memory of the world-renowned producer Arif Mardin (1932–2006) – who was also the Vice Chairman of the ATS for many years – the Fellowship aims...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, News

Gallery walkabout: Nişantaşı

Figuratively speaking

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | February 9, 2015


We are in Nişantaşı this week for a gallery walk of three solo shows, one duo show and one group show. There is a concentration on paintings, sculptures and figurative works in this walk. Exhibition view DIRK SKREBER’S OBSERVE Let’s start on the fashionable Abdi İpekçi Caddesi where Dirimart at...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions

Inside story: Daday

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | February 6, 2015


In our new blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. The above image shows a room in a house in Daday, in the Black Sea province of Kastamonu. Built at the top of a circular staircase and taking up the whole floor –...
Posted in Architecture, Design, Photography, Travel

The Meral Divitçi Prize for Turkish Poetry in Translation

Entries now open

By Victoria Khroundina | February 6, 2015


Established to encourage translation of modern and contemporary Turkish poetry into English, submissions are now being accepted for the 2015 Meral Divitçi Prize for Turkish Poetry in Translation.  Organised within the scope of the Seventh Annual Nâzım Hikmet Poetry Festival, which will be held on Sunday, April 26 at Page-Walker Arts and History Center...
Posted in Literature, News

Joan Miró: ‘The Ladder of Escape’

By Victoria Khroundina | February 3, 2015


The Joan Miró: Women, Birds, Stars exhibition at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum has been extended until March 8, so if you haven’t yet seen this wonderful show, you still have some time. For some background, watch the below short documentary, The Ladder of Escape, which follows some of the most...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Film, Museums

Gallery walkabout: Beyoğlu part 2

A history lesson

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | February 2, 2015


We continue our walk in Beyoğlu this week, where we visit mostly solo shows and one research-based exhibition. Ali Kazma, ‘Clock Master’, 2006, from the series ‘Obstructions’, 15’ single-channel video, production still, courtesy of the artist ALI KAZMA’S TIMEMAKER Let’s start at the Tünel end of İstiklâl Caddesi, where ARTER...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, History

Inside story: Cappadocia

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | January 30, 2015


In our new blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. In my wanderings down streets and alleyways in Cappadocia, I once chanced upon this 1876 landmark Greek house in Ürgüp (above image). Cappadocia is a World Heritage Site with many stone houses built...
Posted in Architecture, Design, History, Museums, Photography, Travel

Gallery walkabout: Beyoğlu

An international smorgasbord

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | January 26, 2015


We are in Beyoğlu this week for a diverse and absorbing gallery walk of mostly solo and a few group shows, a significant number of them focusing on the work of international artists. Handan Figen HANDAN FIGEN’S LUCKY INCIDENT Start at the Tünel end of İstiklâl Caddesi. Down Asmalımescit Caddesi,...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Photography

Inside story: Bursa

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | January 22, 2015


In our new blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. The above image was taken in Bursa, in a small village filled with wood-framed houses, similar in design to early English architecture, characterised by a horizontal band of timber which divides the upper...
Posted in Architecture, Design, Photography, Travel

Akram Zaatari at SALT

By Victoria Khroundina | January 22, 2015


SALT continues its survey of contemporary Lebanese artists (following the Rabih Mroué show last summer) with a comprehensive exhibition of the filmmaker, photographer, archival artist and curator, Akram Zaatari. One of the most important voices in Lebanon today, Zaatari – with more than 40 works and a dozen books under...
Posted in Archaeology, Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Museums, Photography

Gallery walkabout: Karaköy/Tophane

The time and place in which we live

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | January 19, 2015


We are in Karaköy and Tophane for a very diverse gallery walk this week, taking in a bit of everything, from painting to sculpture to photography and even textiles. Memed Erdener, aka Extramücadele MOM I’M GOING OUT TO POUR SOME CONCRETE Start on Meclis-i Mebusan, east of the Tophane tram...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Design, Exhibitions, Museums, Shopping

Inside story: Safranbolu

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | January 16, 2015


In our new blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. I took the above image inside a house in Safranbolu, a glorious old city that has fortunately been preserved as a World Heritage Site. The houses here are solid and substantial and look as though...
Posted in Architecture, Design, Photography, Travel

A visual history of Islam

The Art Institute of Chicago’s stunning new Islamic art galleries

By Victoria Khroundina | January 14, 2015


Exciting news out of the US just as 2014 came to a close, with the Art Institute of Chicago announcing the opening of its new galleries for Islamic art, which means the museum’s sumptuous collection is on display for the first time since 2012. There will be a number of...
Posted in Architecture, Exhibitions, History, Islamic Art, Museums, News

Gallery walkabout: Beşiktaş

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | January 12, 2015


We are in Beşiktaş for our gallery walk this week, where three solo and two group exhibitions showcase Turkish and foreign artists working in all disciplines. Çağrı Saray, ‘The weight of history’ (three frames in front of the Louvre), 2013, triptych photography, 50 x 67cm each ÇAĞRI SARAY’S OUTSIDER Let’s...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Photography

More than photography: the world of Şahin Kaygun

By Victoria Khroundina | January 8, 2015


The Şahin Kaygun exhibition, currently at Istanbul Modern, is an absolute treat for photography lovers. Little is written about the late Adana-born multidisciplinary artist, who, always seeking new forms of expression, played a pioneering role in photography in the 1980s and 1990s, generally paving the way for experimental photography in...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Film, Museums, Photography
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