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...
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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...
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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: 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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‘The eye of the painter sees best’

The landmark exhibition ‘Feyhaman Duran: Between Two Worlds’ opens at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum

By Emma Harper | January 18, 2017


Surveying the life of Feyhaman Duran – one of Turkey’s most beloved painters and the father of Turkish portraiture – it’s clear the artist had many admirable attributes: he valued integrity above financial gain, practised moderation and treated his students at the Academy of Fine Arts with kindness and respect....
Posted in Exhibitions, History, Modern Art

Weekend gallery guide: the rise and fall of Istanbul’s street dogs

Istanbul this weekend (November 26–27)

By Emma Harper | November 24, 2016


When the French writer Théophile Gautier first arrived in Istanbul in the mid-19th century he chose a large pit in the middle of the street as his reference point. What was so memorable about this pit? At the bottom of it, ‘a large, aggressive dog was suckling her pups in...
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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

Designing humanity

The 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial aims high, but falls short

By Emma Harper | November 13, 2016


When the Transparent Man first visited Turkey in 1938, residents of Istanbul and Izmir flocked to see the life-sized model of a man whose transparent plastic skin reveals the secret interior of a human body: the spatial relationship between the organs and the skeleton, the snaking structures of the circulatory...
Posted in Archaeology, Design, Exhibitions

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...
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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...
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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: 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

Weekend gallery guide: grids, rings and a lost empire

What’s on in Istanbul over the weekend of September 3–4

By Emma Harper | September 1, 2016


Istanbul can feel a bit barren in the summer. That feeling was amplified this year by the constant construction in Beyoğlu and the shuttering of countless shops on İstiklâl Caddesi. Yet a few cultural institutions and galleries have kept their doors open and their spaces filled with art and artefacts....
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Weekend gallery guide: vibrant colours and abstract sculptures

What’s on in Istanbul over the weekend of August 27–28

By Emma Harper | August 25, 2016


Each Thursday on the Cornucopia blog we share our pick of exhibitions in Istanbul to visit over the coming weekend. This weekend we recommend a visit to one of the museums in Istanbul, the Sakıp Sabancı Museum. Located on the shores of the Bosphorus, this cultural institution has been staging...
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Weekend gallery guide

What’s on in Istanbul over the weekend of August 20–21

By Emma Harper | August 18, 2016


Each Thursday on the Cornucopia blog we share our pick of exhibitions in Istanbul to visit over the coming weekend. Bomontiada is the place to be this summer. The former beer factory exudes an energy that’s been lacking in Beyoğlu. The complex is home to Babylon Bomonti, a slew of...
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Weekend gallery guide

What’s on in Istanbul over the weekend of August 13–14

By Emma Harper | August 11, 2016


Each Thursday on the Cornucopia blog we share our pick of exhibitions in Istanbul to visit over the coming weekend. Living in Ortaköy, I jump at the chance to get away from the crowds. This week I'm sharing two places I often visit when I need a breather. The first...
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