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

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

Istanbul galleries sweep into Dubai

The 11th edition of Art Dubai opens on March 15

By Emma Harper | March 9, 2017


Three Istanbul galleries – Galerist, Galeri Zilberman and Sanatorium – will participate in the 11th edition of Art Dubai, an international art fair highlighting works from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. Under the leadership of its new director, Myrna Ayad, the fair is presenting its strongest programme to...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Modern Art, News

Sounding off

Cevdet Erek prepares his site-specific sound installation for the 57th Venice Biennale

By Emma Harper | March 2, 2017


Even though Istanbul is one of the worst cities in the world for noise pollution, the sounds of the city are as much of a joy as they are a nuisance – they evoke a sense of place. Istanbul would not be Istanbul without the long, low horns of container...
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Weekend gallery guide: mirror images, depopulated desert and sculpted velvet

Istanbul this weekend (February 18–19)

By Emma Harper | February 16, 2017


This weekend we reflect on three spectacular solo shows. All are located in and around Beyoğlu (two in the same building – Mısır Apartment, on İstiklâl Caddesi). An Astronomical Determination of the Distance Between Two Cities, Heba Y Amin's second solo show at Galeri Zilberman, ends on Saturday, and Mirror,...
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Weekend gallery guide: water worries and flight paths

Istanbul this weekend (February 11–12)

By Emma Harper | February 9, 2017


With its tall circular tower and redbrick façade, the palatial Perili Köşk in Rumelihisarı is a beacon on the Bosphorus. Its interior is equally eye-catching. Home to the corporate headquarters of Borusan Holding, the building doubles as a contemporary art gallery at the weekend. Temporary exhibitions occupy two gallery spaces,...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Museums, Photography

Weekend gallery guide: green thumbs, hazy memories and profound portraits

Istanbul this weekend (February 4–5)

By Emma Harper | February 2, 2017


The large-scale, well-curated exhibitions currently on view in Istanbul – Feyhaman Duran: Between Two Worlds at the Sabancı Museum, The Characters of Yusuf Franko at ANAMED and Harbour at Istanbul Modern come to mind – are full-day events. But sometimes you want your art in more manageable portions. So this...
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Rewarding reads: November and December 2016

Orientalist aesthetics, Black Sea shipwrecks and refugees in space

By Emma Harper | January 5, 2017


In this blog series, we highlight some of our favourite Turkey-related articles and news titbits that weve read and listened to over the past month (or two, in this case). The Ottoman History Podcast began as a modest experiment in 2011, but has since grown into a vast digital resource...
Posted in Archaeology, Contemporary Art, History, News, Photography, Travel

A good neighbour

Elmgreen & Dragset announce the theme of the 15th Istanbul Biennial

By Emma Harper | December 7, 2016


Pinpointing the qualities of a good komşu (neighbour) is far from an exact science. It comes down to what an individual values: one person may prefer a neighbour who leaves them alone, while another wants someone to cook them food when they’re sick. The 15th Istanbul Biennial, curated by the...
Posted in Contemporary Art, News

Rewarding reads: October 2016

Guest workers, Turkish humorists and Byzantine acoustics

By Emma Harper | November 21, 2016


‘Rewarding reads’ is a new feature on the Cornucopia blog. In this series, we highlight some of our favourite Turkey-related articles and news titbits that we've read over the past month. Kornelia Binicewicz is at it again, filing more gaps in the history of the Turkish music industry (she previously...
Posted in Books, Contemporary Art, Design, Exhibitions, History, Literature, Music and Performing Arts, News

Art fair ahead!

How to have a howling time at Contemporary Istanbul 2016

By Emma Harper | November 1, 2016


Anticipation has been building for Contemporary Istanbul. After the cancellation of this year's edition of ArtInternational, the major international art fair in Istanbul, Contemporary Istanbul is once again the only show in town. In previous years the two fairs have vied for galleries, collectors and punters, as Tim Cornwell wrote...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Modern Art, Travel

Weekend gallery guide: small is better

Istanbul this weekend (October 29–30)

By Emma Harper | October 27, 2016


This weekend the spotlight is on Art on a Card, an exhibition at CIRCUIT in Kadıköy. Thirteen Istanbul-based artists, Turkish and foreign, have been invited to created a set of five postcards. A limited number will be available to buy on Friday night and Saturday afternoon, when many of the...
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Weekend gallery guide: voluptuous vessels and loss in all its forms

What’s on in Istanbul over the weekend of October 22–23

By Emma Harper | October 20, 2016


The big news in the Istanbul art world is the opening of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial this weekend. While there is certainly much to say about the large-scale, research-heavy biennial – be on the lookout for both a preview and a review on the blog – let’s not forget...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions

Art in the flesh

Performistanbul kicks off the new season

By Emma Harper | October 19, 2016


Imagine leaning in close to a work of art, inspecting it intently, only to find it staring right back at you. This is the unnerving effect of performance art, where a relationship is formed between audience and performer. With the body as the artist’s medium, the resulting live actions emerge...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Music and Performing Arts

Weekend gallery guide: behind closed doors

Open Studio Days Istanbul allows the public to peek into the studios of local artists

By Emma Harper | October 6, 2016


No artist is an island. Open Studio Days Istanbul (Açık Stüdyo Günleri), which runs from October 7–9, makes certain of that. The three-day event creates an opportunity for the denizens of Istanbul to visit artists’ studios and non-commercial artist collectives that are normally off-limits. Artists directly connect not only with...
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Rewarding reads: September 2016

Çatalhöyük finds, Thracian melodies and Tombili the cat (RIP)

By Emma Harper | October 5, 2016


‘Rewarding reads’ is a new feature on the Cornucopia blog. At the end of each month, we’ll highlight some of our favourite Turkey-related articles and news titbits that we read over the course of the month. In Discover magazine, Jennifer Hattam elucidates the new techniques utilised by archaeologists and researchers...
Posted in Archaeology, Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, History, Museums, News

Weekend gallery guide: Istanbul Gallery Weekend

It’s not all doom and gloom in the Istanbul art world

By Emma Harper | September 28, 2016


We can all agree that it’s been a rough year in Turkey. Yet despite rampant uncertainty about the future and the overall gloomy mood, the inaugural Istanbul Gallery Weekend has given us something to smile about. Running from September 30 until October 2, the event will see extended opening hours...
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Weekend gallery guide: in situ street art

What’s on in Istanbul over the weekend of September 24–25

By Emma Harper | September 22, 2016


Street art should be seen in the street. Much as I love galleries, I'd suggest taking advantage of the brilliant blue skies and cooler temperatures in Istanbul this weekend to get outdoors and roam the backstreets of Kadıköy for glimpses of some truly spectacular new street art in its natural...
Posted in Contemporary Art

Weekend gallery guide: digital detritus and youthful encounters

What’s on in Istanbul over the weekend of September 17–18

By Emma Harper | September 15, 2016


The Pera Museum is not afraid to play around. The two exhibitions that opened last week illustrate the museum’s desire to look towards the future and have some fun in the process. In Katherine Behar: Data Entry, the artist explores digital labour through sculpture, performance, video and writing, while Encounters...
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Weekend gallery guide: late capitalism, meaningful architecture and genuine copies

What’s on in Istanbul over the weekend of September 10–11

By Emma Harper | September 8, 2016


Autumn is upon us, bringing with it a plethora of exhibition openings. This weekend we’re sticking close to Karaköy and Tophane for three shows that have opened in the past week. They range from historical explorations and site-specific installations to a more traditional solo showing. All three can be seen...
Posted in Architecture, Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, History
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