The body in time

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...
Posted in Exhibitions, Film, Museums

An orgy of destruction

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...

Gallery walkabout: back in Beyoğlu

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,...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Museums

Yaşar Kemal, a writer’s hero

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...
Posted in Literature, Obituaries

Gallery walkabout: Beyoğlu

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...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions

Inside story: Cappadocia part 2

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | March 13, 2015

In this blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. The above room is housed in a stately old mansion situated on a treacherously steep cobblestone road in Ürgüp, Cappadocia. Built of large stone blocks, with an overhanging upper storey and small balcony, its...
Posted in Architecture, Design, Museums, Photography, Travel

World Art Dubai is almost here

By Victoria Khroundina | March 12, 2015

In just over three weeks, World Art Dubai, the region’s hotly anticipated new art fair, will launch at the Dubai World Trade Centre. It has so far been announced that 49 galleries from 15 countries are participating, but more are expected to join the list in the coming weeks. Aiming to...
Posted in Contemporary Art

Gallery walkabout: Karaköy/Tophane

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | March 9, 2015

In part 2 of our Karaköy/Tophane walk, we visit museums, galleries and art institutions for diverse exhibitions spanning architecture, photography, sculpture, painting, drawing and installation. Installation view (photo: Sahir Uğur Eren) THE GOOD CAUSE: ARCHITECTURE OF PEACE AND VOCABULARY OF HOSPITALITY Let’s start on Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi, to the east of...
Posted in Architecture, Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Museums, Photography

News for artists

Study and exhibit art in New York

By Victoria Khroundina | March 5, 2015

Turkish artists take note: applications are now being accepted for the School of Visual Arts (SVA) Summer Residency Programme, which takes place between June 1 and July 2, 2015 in New York. Sponsored by the Moon and Stars Project of the American Turkish Society (which also supports young artists through...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, News

Gallery walkabout: Karaköy/Tophane

Reproducing memories

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | March 2, 2015

In part one of our two-part Karaköy/Tophane gallery walk, we visit five galleries where solo and group shows explore feminism, memories and the First World War through different mediums, from painting to textiles. Merve Çanakçı, ‘100 Splinters’, 2014, acrylic on denim, 188 x 153 cm MERVE ÇANAKÇI’S PAPER CUT Let’s...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, History

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
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