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FotoIstanbul 2015

By Emma Harper | November 3, 2015


One of the major appeals of Istanbul is that there are always art exhibitions and cultural events right at your fingertips. Yet FotoIstanbul, Istanbul’s only comprehensive photography festival, has really taken this to a new meaning, at least for me. Organised by the Beşiktaş Belediyesi, this festival is staged at...
Posted in Exhibitions, Photography

Lynn Gilbert’s photography highlights

In a new short video Lynn discusses her trajectory as an artist and her latest exhibition

By Emma Harper | October 26, 2015


The photographer and author Lynn Gilbert has been sharing her exquisite and captivating images of Turkish homes on the Cornucopia blog over the course of the past year. Each post feels like an insider’s peek into her travels across Turkey and presents vivid, unstaged photographs of traditional Turkish interiors and...
Posted in Exhibitions, Photography

Biennial 2015 highlights: Istanbul Modern and ARTER

By Emma Harper | October 6, 2015


Given the inextricable link between Istanbul and the Bosphorus, as well as the seas that lie on either side of the enduring strait, the theme of this year’s Biennial – ‘Saltwater: A Theory of Thought Forms’ – seems especially apt. Salt water and the contrasting image-forms of knots and waves...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Modern Art

Erasing Memory: A Conversation with Murat Germen

By Dayna Tellibayraktar and Peri Sharpe | September 30, 2015


Keeping up with the reshaping of Turkey is not for the faint of heart. Those who are paying attention are forced to digest the ramifications of the actions taken by a growing number of opportunists. In the midst of it all, there are a number of peaceful activists who seek...
Posted in Architecture, Exhibitions, Nature, Photography

Turkish photography at IFSAK

By Emma Harper | September 21, 2015


The Istanbul Photography and Cinema Amateurs Association (İstanbul Fotoğraf ve Sinema Amatörleri Derneği – IFSAK) has mined its archives to organise a group exhibition featuring some of the most important names in Turkish photography. Housed in the front rooms of an elegant apartment in one of the stately older buildings...
Posted in Exhibitions, History, Photography

Turkey gets Aussie-fied

By Victoria Khroundina | August 31, 2015


From next month until December, events continue as part of the ‘Australia in Turkey 2015’ festival. The biggest celebration of Australian culture in Turkey to date, it aims to enhance social and cultural understanding between the two countries. That it’s being celebrated in the same year as the centenary of...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Culinary Arts, Design, Exhibitions, Film, History, Modern Art, Music and Performing Arts, News

How to navigate this year’s massive Istanbul Biennial

By Victoria Khroundina | August 25, 2015


It’s almost time for another edition of the Istanbul Biennial – and the 14th instalment promises to be bigger, bolder and braver than ever. There will be works by 80 artists, hailing from every continent, displayed in over 30 venues on both the European and Anatolian sides of the city....
Posted in Contemporary Art, Design, Exhibitions, History, Modern Art, Museums, Photography

A painterly tribute to Gezi

By Victoria Khroundina | July 28, 2015


On display until the end of summer is a 50-square metre painting paying tribute to the Gezi protests. It was on display on the terrace of the Istanbul Chamber of Architects in Karaköy until the end of June and will be shown in Kadıköy throughout August (watch this space for an update of the location)....
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, News, Gezi Protests

Capturing the Empire

By Victoria Khroundina | July 21, 2015


Beautifully arranged across the foyer and main gallery of the Research Centre for Anatolian Civilisations (RCAC) is the exhibition Camera Ottomana, tracing photography and modernity in the Ottoman Empire from 1840 to 1914. The RCAC excels at these historical photography exhibitions. They are compact but informative, well arranged and lit,...
Posted in Exhibitions, History, Photography

Telling Turkey’s history through women’s stories

The ‘Kadınlar: goddesses – harem – power’ exhibition

By Victoria Khroundina | July 16, 2015


Women’s stories take centre stage in a fascinating show currently on at the TwentseWelle in Enschede, Netherlands. This city, close to the German border, is home to thousands of Turkish migrants, so a Turkish-themed exhibition seemed a welcome idea for the museum. Kadınlar: goddesses – harem – power takes viewers on...
Posted in Exhibitions, History, Islamic Art, Museums, Textiles

A contact sheet is worth 1,000 words

The ‘Magnum – Contact Sheet’ exhibition at Istanbul Modern

By Victoria Khroundina | July 14, 2015


There’s still time to catch the excellent Magnum – Contact Sheet show at Istanbul Modern. The museum’s photography exhibitions usually showcase important Turkish photographers or shed light on significant moments in the Turkish photography scene. This time attention is turned away from Turkey to the powerhouse Magnum Photos agency. The...
Posted in Exhibitions, History, Museums, Photography

The first Orientalist

Tim Cornwell visits the Jean-Étienne Liotard exhibition in Edinburgh

By Tim Cornwell | July 9, 2015


The 18th-century portrait artist Jean-Étienne Liotard, depicted in this miniature self-portrait in the Royal Collection, is widely seen as the first Orientalist. The four years he spent in Turkey from 1738, drawing and painting Western merchants and diplomats as well as Ottoman citizens, made him the first serious European artist...
Posted in Exhibitions, Orientalism

A penchant for theatrics: The photography of Cecil Beaton

By Victoria Khroundina | July 9, 2015


On show for another two-and-a-half weeks at the Pera Museum are portraits by one of the 20th century’s most important photographers, Cecil Beaton. A bit of a jack of all trades, Beaton was also an illustrator, designer, writer and Oscar-winning costumer designer. But the show at Pera, curated by Terence...
Posted in Exhibitions, Modern Art, Museums, Photography

Hot weather, cool art

Where to see contemporary art shows in Istanbul this summer

By Victoria Khroundina | July 7, 2015


Our round-up of contemporary art shows open this summer, by neighbourhood. Magnum – Contact Sheets Karaköy/Tophane A few things of interest at Istanbul Modern, starting with the excellent Mehmet Güleryüz retrospective Painter and Painting (main image), which has been extended until July 26. Meanwhile, in the Photography Gallery, the Magnum...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Modern Art, Museums, Photography

The fatal Orientalist

How the East turned the mind of the painter Richard Dadd

By Tim Cornwell | June 30, 2015


In 1842 the gifted young British artist Richard Dadd embarked on a 10-month journey across Europe to the Ottoman lands of the Orient. As a draughtsman and travelling companion to a Welsh gentleman tourist, he joined what would become a horseback marathon. The two men travelled through France, Italy and...
Posted in Exhibitions, Fine Art, History, Museums

Gallery walkabout: Beyoğlu

The final stroll

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | June 23, 2015


For our last gallery walk of the season, we visit some scintillating shows in young and veteran galleries and museums in the heart of the European city, Beyoğlu. Although many galleries are closing for the summer, quite a few will remain open, offering a wide range of exhibitions and events...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Modern Art, Museums, Photography

This social commentary will have you in stitches

‘Grayson Perry: Small Differences’ at the Pera Museum

By Victoria Khroundina | June 18, 2015


Bravo, Pera Museum. An exhibition of the powerhouse contemporary artist and 2003 Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry in Turkey is long overdue. But Perry fans, the wait is over. The Pera Museum has staged a thoughtful, eclectic and thoroughly fun exhibition that is a pleasure for contemporary art junkies and...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Museums

Young architects wow Istanbullus and visitors with a new installation

‘All That is Solid’ opens at the Istanbul Modern courtyard

By Victoria Khroundina | June 12, 2015


Earlier this week, Istanbul Modern’s Young Architects Programme (YAP) unveiled an incredible new work by its 2014–15 finalists. The setting up of the temporary structure ‘All That is Solid’ was finished on Wednesday – and it was worth the wait. The installation is wonderfully bright, colourful, majestic, a delight for...
Posted in Architecture, Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Modern Art, Museums, News

Gallery walkabout: Karaköy to Galatasaray

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | June 8, 2015


Over the next few weeks, as we round off our gallery walks before the summer break, we take you on a number of walks in the art hubs of Karaköy, Tophane and Beyoğlu. This week, we have two new additions and a concentration of exhibitions showing photography as well as...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Modern Art

A master observer

Mehmet Güleryüz’s ‘Painter and Painting’ exhibition at the Istanbul Modern

By Victoria Khroundina | May 29, 2015


Istanbul Modern’s partial retrospective of one of Turkey’s greatest modern artists is as bold as the man himself. Works comprising paintings, sketches, sculptures and ceramics from the past 50-odd years are displayed, together building an exhaustive picture of Mehmet Güleryüz’s stellar career and true talent. The museum’s director, Levent Çalıkoğlu,...
Posted in Exhibitions, Modern Art, Museums
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