Aphrodisias added to Unesco list

Greco-Roman city joins 16 other Turkish World Heritage Sites

By Roger Williams | July 12, 2017

Aphrodisias, the cover story in *Cornucopia 11,  was a notable addition to this year’s list of Unesco World Heritage Sites. It is the 17th in Turkey to achieve this status, which includes a diversity of places from Çatalhöyük and Troy to parts of Bursa and Istanbul. The city of Aphrodite...

Turkish bath revival steams ahead

England's old bath houses are getting a new treatment

By Roger Williams | July 7, 2017

The refurbishment of Manchester’s Victoria Turkish Baths (above), recently opened to great national hurrahs, is part of a reawakening of the interest in Turkish baths that gripped Britain a century ago. Fusion Lifestyle, one of the country’s largest charitable leisure trusts, is now involved in plans to make the revived...

Weekend gallery guide: Two closings and an opening

Istanbul this weekend (July 1–2)

By Katie Nadworny | June 29, 2017

Start July right, with two closing exhibitions and one that’s just opening. We all need to get out of the sunshine every once in a while, why not explore Istanbul’s art scene? Bubbles in Istanbul Dirimart Dolapdere Czech artist Jiri Georg Dokoupil brings excepts from his series Soap Bubble Paintings...

Weekend Gallery Guide 6/24-6/25

By Katie Nadworny | June 22, 2017

With Ramadan ending, this weekend brings the beginning of the Bayram holiday and a mad rush out of the city. But don’t worry if you don’t have plans to flee to a beach. The quiet Istanbul streets and perfect for strolling, and you can catch some of the wonderful exhibitions...

Weekend gallery guide: Layers on layers

Istanbul this weekend (June 17–18)

By Katie Nadworny | June 16, 2017

The shows you should catch this weekend are all about textures, from layered collages to the layers of history. Don’t miss these exhibitions that are closing this week. The Pope and Galileo Had a Minor Disagreement Zilberman Gallery and Project Space The works play on processes of sensory perception, blurring...

Weekend gallery guide: Before they go

Istanbul this weekend (June 10–11)

By Katie Nadworny | June 9, 2017

Quite a few of Istanbul’s exciting exhibitions are closing in the next week, including some that close this week. If you’re trying to figure out what art to prioritize on your days off this weekend, make sure to check out these before they’re gone. The Uses Of Art: Final Exhibition...

‘Travellers and Treasures’ at the Nomads Tent

Symposium in Edinburgh, May 6

By Julie W | May 17, 2017

This year’s well-attended symposium opened with Ottoman historian Caroline Finkel’s introduction to the extraordinary 17th century Ottoman adventurer, Evliya Çelebi. That Evliya is relatively unknown compared with say Ibn Battuta or Marco Polo is something Dr Finkel hopes to rectify with talks such as this one and her ongoing work...

War and solace

A postcard from the Borders: the Nescio Ensemble, and a tribute to Barış Yazgı

By Christopher Ryan | April 29, 2017

In the increasingly dystopian political atmosphere of an emerging populist world order, older and more essential human values were aired on Thursday night when the Amsterdam-based string ensemble, Nescio, performed for a full house in Cornucopia’s new venue for the arts, Unit Four, in Hawick in the Scottish Borders, followed...

Rewarding reads: March and April 2017

A revealing relief, must-try Turkish dishes and the perfect day in Istanbul

By Emma Harper | April 26, 2017

In this blog series, we highlight some of our favourite Turkey-related articles and news titbits that we’ve read over the past month (or two, in this case). A relief uncovered by chance in eastern Anatolia has led archaeologists to revise the history of Harput, reports Hurriyet Daily News. Subsequent examinations...
Posted in Archaeology, Culinary Arts, Film, Music and Performing Arts, Obituaries

John Freely, 1926–2017

By Cornucopia | April 20, 2017

Very sad news. The great John Freely passed away early yesterday morning. We have lost a cherished friend of the Bosphorus, author of more than 50 books, with at least 50 more ready to roll, and one of Irish nature’s great raconteurs. John was the incomparable bard of old Stamboul....
Posted in Obituaries

Rich pickings: treasures from a courtly Bohemian castle and the cotton baron palaces of Alexandria

Highlights of London’s Spring 2017 Islamic Sales… including the lot that broke the record for an Ottoman textile at auction

By John Scott | April 20, 2017

The spring Islamic sales are being held in Bond Street and elsewhere in London this week. These graphic, almost sensuous silk velvets and brocades, rediscovered by the beau monde in the early 1900s, are tipped to break records at Sotheby’s on April 26 and are just some of the exceptional...
Posted in Islamic Art, Orientalism, Textiles

Weekend gallery guide: entrancing videos

Istanbul this weekend (April 22–23)

By Emma Harper | April 20, 2017

I'm embarassed to admit that I often find video installations tiresome. Call it impatience or ineptitude, but I rarely have it in me to sit and digest moving images in an exhibition setting. So I was suprised to find myself totally absorbed in two video works currently on display in...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Music and Performing Arts

Where Felt meets silk

Felt’s Shyrdak rugs are the inspiration behind a new Hermès scarf

By Emma Harper | April 11, 2017

Traditional Shyrdak rugs made by nomads in Kyrgyzstan – tangible elements of a resilient culture – have turned into the stuff of high fashion.  ‘Appaloosa des Steppes’, designed by the artist Alice Shirley for the Hermès S/S17 silk scarf collection, draws on the geometric motifs and vivid colours of Felt’s...
Posted in Shopping, Textiles

From Istanbul to Sharjah and back again

The cities’ artistic ties are on display at the 13th Sharjah Biennial

By Emma Harper | April 4, 2017

Istanbul is making quite the splash at the 13th Sharjah Biennial, which opened on March 10 and will run until June 12. Out of the four artists awarded the 2017 Sharjah Biennial Prize, two – İnci Eviner and Walid Siti – are represented by Istanbul-based galleries (Galeri Nev Istanbul and...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Film, Music and Performing Arts, Talks and Lectures

Periot piece…

By Jason Goodwin | March 26, 2017

There’s an app on my daughter’s phone which distorts faces, pulls them round, to give people Habsburg chins or googly eyes or enormous teeth, writes Jason Goodwin (portrait by Monica Fritz). It’s amusing enough, but it isn’t really very illuminating. It merely makes monsters of us all, unlike Yusuf Bey’s...
Posted in Books, Exhibitions

In memory of David French, intrepid explorer of Anatolia’s Roman roads

By David Barchard | March 25, 2017

David French, the former director of the British Institution at Ankara, who died on Friday (pictured right), was a leading figure in British archaeological research in Turkey for six decades. For just over a quarter of a century, he was Ankara Director of the Institute, then an exclusively archaeological body....
Posted in Archaeology, Obituaries

Gender-bending bards

The women changing Turkey’s music scene

By Ezgi Üstündağ | March 24, 2017

Few Turkish words conjure up a scene as swiftly and uniformly as ozan. The noun is seemingly inseparable from the image of an elderly minstrel, bağlama in hand, singing of his travels before an audience of Anatolian villagers. Significant, too, is that this widespread understanding of the ozan, the lone...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Jazz, Protest Music

Rewarding reads: February 2017

Celebrities in Cappadocia, prefab chalets and poorly puppies

By Emma Harper | March 18, 2017

In this blog series, we highlight some of our favourite Turkey-related articles and news titbits that we’ve read over the past month. ‘I never thought I’d be saying this, but I’m a big fan of Martha Stewart’, writes Robert Ousterhout in a delightful post for the Penn History of Art...
Posted in Architecture, Books, History, Literature, Music and Performing Arts, News

The smiling Orientalist

An Anglo-Turkish moment: JF Lewis’s portrait (almost certainly) of the great Egyptologist Sir John Gardner Wilkinson

By John Scott | March 17, 2017

This witty portrait by the Orientalist painter John Frederick Lewis can be found this weekend at BADA, the British Antique Dealers’ Association’s annual fair in Chelsea (March 15–21). In Guy Peppiatt Fine Art’s catalogue notes, the art historian and JF Lewis-expert Briony Llewellyn describes the sitter in Turkish costume as...

Looking back from London

The Book Fair returns to the classics

By Roger Williams | March 14, 2017

The London Book Fair opened today with Poland as the ‘Market Focus’ country, and trade looked brisk. The behemoth publishing houses occupied centre stage with vast stands and clients checking in for their appointment. Better to wander around the edge of Olympia’s Exhibition Halls to find publishers less susceptible to...
Posted in Books, News, Shopping
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