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...
Exhibitions, History, Museums, Photography
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...
Exhibitions, Fine Art, History, Museums
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...
Books, History, News, Photography, Textiles, Travel
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...
Contemporary Art, Fine Art, History, News
‘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...
Archaeology, History, News
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...
Exhibitions, History, Museums
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...
Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, History
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...
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...
Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, History
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...
Architecture, Design, History, Museums, Photography, Travel
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...
Architecture, Exhibitions, History, Islamic Art, Museums, News
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,...
Archaeology, Architecture, Contemporary Art, Design, Exhibitions, Film, History, Museums, Nature, News, Gezi Protests, Photography, Sport
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...
Archaeology, Architecture, Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, History, Museums
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...
Exhibitions, Fine Art, History, Museums
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....
Archaeology, Architecture, History, Islamic Art, News
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...
Exhibitions, Film, History, Museums
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...
Contemporary Art, Fine Art, History, Museums, Photography
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...
Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, History, Museums, News, Photography
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...
Culinary Arts, History, Literature, Travel
By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | October 9, 2014
Entries are now open for Ancient & Modern, a scholarship for original research sponsored by Cornucopia
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....
Archaeology, Architecture, Culinary Arts, History, Islamic Art, News