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....
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Star gazing

By Victoria Khroundina | August 12, 2015

Tonight the Istanbul Modern will hold a special event to watch the annual August Perseid meteor shower. Every year, from around July 17 to August 24, Earth crosses the orbital path of the Comet Swift-Tuttle (rediscovered in 1992), the parent of the Perseid meteor shower. The debris will slam into...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Istanbul’s art scene: a work in progress

By Victoria Khroundina | July 3, 2015

Earlier this year Kerimcan Güleryüz moved his gallery, The Empire Project, from its Sıraselviler Caddesi location in Taksim further down the road to Cihangir. The new gallery looked great when I visited, but I liked the Taksim space – in a beautiful, crumbling 19th-century building – just as much. When...
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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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The body in time

Ali Kazma’s ‘Timemaker’ at ARTER

By Victoria Khroundina | March 25, 2015

Unlike the majority of ARTER’s exhibitions, Ali Kazma’s timemaker doesn’t immediataely draw you in off the street. And that is because, unlike Marc Quinn’s show with his giant shell sculpture, or the Füsun Onur retrospective with her ‘Mirrored Labyrinth’ piece – both of which pieces were plainly visible through the gallery's top-to-floor glass...
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Gallery walkabout: back in Beyoğlu

Widen your imagination

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | March 23, 2015

On part 2 of our Beyoğlu walk, we visit galleries, museums and art institutions from Tünel to Cihangir which are hosting assorted solo and group shows. Many of the exhibitions are highly conceptual, and some are unusual – viewers are advised to approach them with an open mind. Ayline Olukman, ‘Stairway’, 2015,...
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Inside story: Cappadocia part 2

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | March 13, 2015

In this blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. The above room is housed in a stately old mansion situated on a treacherously steep cobblestone road in Ürgüp, Cappadocia. Built of large stone blocks, with an overhanging upper storey and small balcony, its...
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Gallery walkabout: Karaköy/Tophane

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | March 9, 2015

In part 2 of our Karaköy/Tophane walk, we visit museums, galleries and art institutions for diverse exhibitions spanning architecture, photography, sculpture, painting, drawing and installation. Installation view (photo: Sahir Uğur Eren) THE GOOD CAUSE: ARCHITECTURE OF PEACE AND VOCABULARY OF HOSPITALITY Let’s start on Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi, to the east of...
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The power of propaganda

The ‘Propaganda and War’ exhibition at the RCAC

By Victoria Khroundina | February 26, 2015

There’s still time to see the compact but thoroughly enjoyable exhibition Propaganda and War: The Allied Front during the First World War at the RCAC. Organised within the scope of the 100th anniversary of the First World War, historical objects, archival documents and Ottoman artefacts and memorabilia from the Ömer...
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Joan Miró: ‘The Ladder of Escape’

By Victoria Khroundina | February 3, 2015

The Joan Miró: Women, Birds, Stars exhibition at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum has been extended until March 8, so if you haven’t yet seen this wonderful show, you still have some time. For some background, watch the below short documentary, The Ladder of Escape, which follows some of the most...
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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...
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