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...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions

Dripping with jewels

The ‘Jewel’ exhibition at the Sadberk Hanım Museum has been extended until September 25

By Emma Harper | August 9, 2016


If I could take home one object from the ‘Jewel’ exhibition at the Sadberk Hanım Museum, well, I don’t think I could choose just one. The writer in me covets the 19th-century writing box made of wood and tortoiseshell with silver and enamel embellishments. But then there’s the 17th-century jade...
Posted in Exhibitions, Islamic Art, Museums

Weekend gallery guide

What’s on in Istanbul over the weekend of August 6–7

By Emma Harper | August 4, 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 two of Istanbul’s most venerable art institutions: the Pera Museum and ARTER. Mere blocks away from each other, the two museums often stage...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Modern Art

Weekend gallery guide

What’s on in Istanbul over the weeked of July 30–31

By Emma Harper | July 28, 2016


The weekend gallery guide is a new feature on the Cornucopia blog. Each Thursday we will share our pick of exhibitions in Istanbul to visit over the weekend.  Summer can be quiet in Istanbul, as many people submit to the siren call of the seaside and happily take their leave...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Photography

Opportunities for artists in the second half of 2016

Applications are open for the Moon and Stars Project grants and the Turkey–Scandinavia Connections 2016 residency programme

By The Cornucopia Blog | July 8, 2016


Editor’s note: The application deadline for the winter instalment of the Moon and Stars Project grants has been extended to August 31. When making plans for the autumn, artists would do well to consider the following two funding opportunities. The first is the winter 2016 instalment of the Moon...
Posted in Books, Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Music and Performing Arts, News, Photography

Bold strokes

The İnci Eviner Retrospective at Istanbul Modern exposes the artist’s unique visual language

By Emma Harper | July 2, 2016


I hear ‘Harem’, İnci Eviner’s 2009 single-channel video work currently on display at Istanbul Modern, before I see it. A large thunderclap reverberates across the exhibition space, followed in quick succession by the humdrum din of a crowd at work: coughing, papers being shuffled, a woman’s voice, the beat of...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Museums

Turkey’s humanity made transparent

Istanbul Modern opens a new photography exhibition ‘People Attract People’

By Emma Harper | June 2, 2016


From the mouth open wide in mid-guffaw to the two fingers softly securing a cigarette, Ozan Sağdıç’s 1961 photograph ‘Diplomats’ demonstrates how the human form can encompass just as wide and varied a topography as any landscape. Sağdıç is one of 80 photographers whose work is on display in Istanbul...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, History, Photography

A son of Pera returns home

‘Mario Prassinos: In Pursuit of an Artist, Istanbul-Paris-Istanbul’ opens at the Pera Museum

By Emma Harper | May 24, 2016


Contemplating the Istanbul skyline today, your gaze will most likely fall on slender minarets and hulking skyscrapers. Yet imagine an Istanbul where trees – yes, trees – dominated the horizon. It seems impossible now, what with all the çılgın projects of late, but this was the Istanbul (or rather Constantinople)...
Posted in Exhibitions, Modern Art

Jewellery and textiles of Central Asia

A rare exhibition at London’s Asia House

By Roger Williams | May 6, 2016


Turkestan Journey, the current, free exhibition at Asia House, recalls a time a hundred years or more ago when women of Central Asia were adorned with an armoury of jewellery. The 60 pieces in a dozen glass cases are part of a thousand items collected over the past 20 years...
Posted in Exhibitions, History, Textiles

Turkish art in the city that never sleeps

Frieze New York, ‘Court and Cosmos’ and more

By Emma Harper | May 5, 2016


As one of the world’s art meccas, New York is always teeming with exhibitions, fairs and public art installations. This month a good number of the thousands of works on display are by artists from Turkey, both present and past. So lace up your trainers, because we’re traipsing around the...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Islamic Art, News

Stirring sound installations

Cevdet Erek will represent Turkey at the 2017 Venice Biennale

By Emma Harper | May 1, 2016


Turn almost anywhere in the Turkish art world – whether biennials, group exhibitions at major art institutions or small collaborative projects – and you’ll find Cevdet Erek and his stirring experimentations with sound, space and rhythm. So it was no surprise when the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV)...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, News

Turkish homes, memorable scents and novel topographies

Four extraordinary exhibitions in Beyoğlu

By Emma Harper | April 26, 2016


Over the next few months Istanbul’s galleries and museums are pulling out all the stops before the summer exodus. The following exhibitions in Beyoğlu are particularly exciting, and, as a bonus, they can be visited during the course of one day. Once you’ve had your Turkish coffee and some sustaining börek,...
Posted in Architecture, Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, History

Earning accolades abroad

‘The Eye of Istanbul’, a documentary on Ara Güler, wins big at the DC Independent Film Festival

By Emma Harper | March 24, 2016


Ara Güler has found himself in the spotlight yet again. Last week it was announced that The Eye of Istanbul, a documentary film about the legendary Armenian-Turkish photographer and the culmination of his retrospective exhibition in Istanbul, won Best of Fest at the DC Independent Film Festival. The screening at...
Posted in Exhibitions, Film, News, Photography

Past, present, future

A trio of contemporary art exhibitions in Istanbul examine Turkey throughout time

By Emma Harper | March 17, 2016


Delving into Turkey’s past, present and future is on the docket this month as we explore three exhibitions in Istanbul – truth be told, we like our art with a dash of history. First stop is The Empire Project in Cihangir to see Burhan Kum’s solo show Unofficial (ending April 23)....
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, History

Spotlight on Istanbul’s street dogs

‘Taşkafa: Stories of the Street’ screening at Somerset House in London

By Emma Harper | March 6, 2016


‘Hundreds of dogs were laying in the streets and enjoying the sun from Pera all the way to Şişli! It is not exactly an attractive sight. These mangy dogs who often exhibit wounds inflicted by their co-sufferers neither move for pedestrians nor for carriages or trams. People usually just step...
Posted in Exhibitions, Film

Stifling the subversive street art of Banksy

‘The Art of Banksy’ exhibition at Global Karaköy takes the artist’s work out of context and packages it for consumers

By Emma Harper | February 11, 2016


A tube train approaches a station, tracks rattling noisily, the blinking headlamps blinding and the heavy metal carriages sending tremors through surrounding structures and human bodies alike. The experience of standing in a station as a train pulls in, an elemental aspect of city living, is difficult to duplicate. Just...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, News, Gezi Protests

The eye-opening evolution of the nude in Turkish art

‘Bare, Naked, Nude’ at the Pera Museum

By Emma Harper | January 7, 2016


The reclining woman’s light pink dress is disappearing before my eyes – the thick material of the ankle-length, long-sleeved dress becomes ever more pellucid until it is only an outline framing the woman’s naked figure. In this video installation, the first artist to greet you as you enter the Bare,...
Posted in Exhibitions, History, Museums

Expanding horizons

Young Photographers Award 2015

By Emma Harper | December 28, 2015


Sometimes a burst of colour can go a long way in lifting your spirits, especially during the bleak midwinter. So if the short days and overcast skies are bringing on the winter blues, it will do you good to visit this year’s Young Photographers Award exhibition at Mixer in Karaköy....
Posted in Exhibitions, Photography

Good vibrations

‘ZERO: Countdown to the Future’ exhibition at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum

By Emma Harper | December 22, 2015


What is a painter without paint or a brush? The ZERO: Countdown to the Future exhibition at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum more or less answers that question: a member of the ZERO art group, a network of avant-garde artists who wanted to wipe the slate clean in the post-war period...
Posted in Exhibitions, Modern Art, Museums

A journey through Anatolia’s forgotten empire

John Garstang and the 20th-century discovery of the Hittites

By Emma Harper | December 1, 2015


‘This is the notebook used by J.G. on his last trip in Turkey in 1951. I was wondering whether to throw it away, but it occurred to me that you might conceivably find some use for it in the Institute, so here it is. If you think it is no...
Posted in Archaeology, Exhibitions, History, Photography
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