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 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...
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An extraordinary portfolio

By Julie Witford | May 27, 2015


At HALI at the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair – taking place between June 18 and 28 – Cornucopia will unveil an extraordinary ethnographical portfolio published by Annette and Volker Rautenstengel. Following their in-depth studies of Central Asian nomadic textiles, the Rautenstengels, with the help of Peter Alford Andrews (recipient of...
Posted in Books, History, News, Photography, Textiles, Travel

The human face of war

Gallipoli Art Prize

By Victoria Khroundina | April 23, 2015


The very first blog I wrote for Cornucopia two years ago was on the Gallipoli Art Prize. And now on the Gallipoli Campaign’s centenary and the prize’s tenth and final instalment, it feels fitting and somehow bitter-sweet to report on it again.  The winner and runners-up were announced yesterday. There...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Fine Art, History, News

The writing on the stone

‘A Gigantic Jigsaw Puzzle: The Epicurean Inscription of Diogenes of Oinoanda’

By Victoria Khroundina | April 16, 2015


Archaelogy lovers, this might be of interest. We received an email from Professor Martin Ferguson Smith via the Anglo-Turkish Society alerting us that a short film shot at the archaeological site of Oinoanda (close to Fethiye) is now available to watch on YouTube (where would we be without it). ‘Oinoanda’s...
Posted in Archaeology, History, News

Put your best foot forward

The ‘Shoes’ exhibition at Sadberk Hanım Museum

By Victoria Khroundina | April 10, 2015


The current exhibition on at the Sadberk Hanım Museum gives visitors a slice of Ottoman life – more specifically, what the Ottomans wore on their feet. Well-laid out over three rooms, visitors can get up close to the magnificent selection of 127 shoes, slippers, boots and clogs, made in bold...
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Gallery walkabout: Karaköy/Tophane

Reproducing memories

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | March 2, 2015


In part one of our two-part Karaköy/Tophane gallery walk, we visit five galleries where solo and group shows explore feminism, memories and the First World War through different mediums, from painting to textiles. Merve Çanakçı, ‘100 Splinters’, 2014, acrylic on denim, 188 x 153 cm MERVE ÇANAKÇI’S PAPER CUT Let’s...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, History

Learn Ottoman and Turkish this summer

By Victoria Khroundina | February 13, 2015


In addition to its two regular summer programmes, the Research Centre for Anatolian Civilisation (RCAC) is introducing a brand-new programme this year.  The Summer Programme for Ottoman and Turkish will run from July 6 to August 13, 2015 from RCAC’s Galatasaray venue. This intensive programme is open to graduate students...
Posted in History, News

Gallery walkabout: Beyoğlu part 2

A history lesson

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | February 2, 2015


We continue our walk in Beyoğlu this week, where we visit mostly solo shows and one research-based exhibition. Ali Kazma, ‘Clock Master’, 2006, from the series ‘Obstructions’, 15’ single-channel video, production still, courtesy of the artist ALI KAZMA’S TIMEMAKER Let’s start at the Tünel end of İstiklâl Caddesi, where ARTER...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, History

Inside story: Cappadocia

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | January 30, 2015


In our new blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. In my wanderings down streets and alleyways in Cappadocia, I once chanced upon this 1876 landmark Greek house in Ürgüp (above image). Cappadocia is a World Heritage Site with many stone houses built...
Posted in Architecture, Design, History, Museums, Photography, Travel

A visual history of Islam

The Art Institute of Chicago’s stunning new Islamic art galleries

By Victoria Khroundina | January 14, 2015


Exciting news out of the US just as 2014 came to a close, with the Art Institute of Chicago announcing the opening of its new galleries for Islamic art, which means the museum’s sumptuous collection is on display for the first time since 2012. There will be a number of...
Posted in Architecture, Exhibitions, History, Islamic Art, Museums, News

The year that was…in pictures

By Victoria Khroundina | December 31, 2014


As 2014 comes to a close, I take a look at the year that was. In January, we announced that the Ancient & Modern award for original research has gone to Dr Peter Andrews (76), doyen of Asian tent studies, with Harriet Rix (23) taking the Godfrey Goodwin prize. Above,...
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Gallery walkabout: Beyoğlu

The information age

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | December 29, 2014


We are in Beyoğlu for our last gallery walk of 2014, with a diverse group of not-to-be-missed shows. On your walk, admire the pretty winter decorations on İstiklâl Caddesi. Turgut Yüksel, ‘Neo Abraham’, 2014, 100 x 93 cm TURGUT YÜKSEL’S THE CENTURY ON LOW HEAT Start at the Tünel end...
Posted in Archaeology, Architecture, Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, History, Museums

The Polish Orientalists

By Victoria Khroundina | December 19, 2014


The 600th anniversary of Turkish-Polish relations has stimulated a year of outstanding exhibitions, film programmes, concerts and other events. The Sakıp Sabancı Museum staged an excellent historic show in the spring, SALT Galata is currently showing an exhibition focusing on contemporary Polish artists and a number of galleries (DEPO, Milli...
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The RCAC announces new fellowships

By Victoria Khroundina | December 12, 2014


Earlier this week, the Research Centre for Anatolian Civilisations (RCAC) has announced a fresh batch of fellowship opportunities for the 2015–16 academic year. The overall aim of these fellowships is to develop and facilitate research projects that are concerned with the art, history, architecture and archaeology of civilisations of Turkey....
Posted in Archaeology, Architecture, History, Islamic Art, News

A celluloid love affair

By Victoria Khroundina | November 27, 2014


This year, Turkish cinema celebrates its 100th birthday and Istanbul Modern celebrates its 10th. To commemorate both dates, the museum has staged an exhibition which highlights the ‘love affair’ between Turkish cinema and its audience. As per the majority of Istanbul Modern’s shows, the exhibition is well laid out and...
Posted in Exhibitions, Film, History, Museums

Gallery walkabout: Beyoğlu

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | November 24, 2014


We are back in Beyoğlu for a jam-packed gallery walk, in which shows of contemporary Turkish masters and Orientalist painters can be enjoyed alongside works by on-the-rise artists from Turkey and the surrounding region. Merve Şendil, ‘Start’ Let’s start at the Tünel end of Istiklâl Caddesi. On Asmalımescit Caddesi, at...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Fine Art, History, Museums, Photography

News for art professionals

By Victoria Khroundina | October 15, 2014


The Association of Art Historians (AAH) has announced its next batch of funding for academic collaborations with museums and galleries. The next deadline is in two weeks’ time on November 1st. If you have an idea for a project but need more time, you can apply for the next round...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, History, Museums, News, Photography

Dreaming of Mardin

By Tara Alisbah | October 10, 2014


Four years ago, about four months after I’d arrived in Turkey, I went to Mardin for a slightly trumped up work visit. I was researching NGOs serving at-risk children and youth, and I could have gone to any city in Turkey, but Mardin had been calling to me ever since...
Posted in Culinary Arts, History, Literature, Travel

Ancient & Modern Research Prize 2014–15

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | October 9, 2014


Entries are now open for Ancient & Modern, a scholarship for original research sponsored by Cornucopia and Halı magazines, and by Bonhams, Christie’s and Sotheby’s. The ninth (2014/15) grant of £1,000 for a research project will be awarded to a candidate less than twenty-six or over sixty years of age....
Posted in Archaeology, Architecture, Culinary Arts, History, Islamic Art, News
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