Akram Zaatari at SALT

By Victoria Khroundina | January 22, 2015

SALT continues its survey of contemporary Lebanese artists (following the Rabih Mroué show last summer) with a comprehensive exhibition of the filmmaker, photographer, archival artist and curator, Akram Zaatari. One of the most important voices in Lebanon today, Zaatari – with more than 40 works and a dozen books under...
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Gallery walkabout: Karaköy/Tophane

The time and place in which we live

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | January 19, 2015

We are in Karaköy and Tophane for a very diverse gallery walk this week, taking in a bit of everything, from painting to sculpture to photography and even textiles. Memed Erdener, aka Extramücadele MOM I’M GOING OUT TO POUR SOME CONCRETE Start on Meclis-i Mebusan, east of the Tophane tram...
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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...
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More than photography: the world of Şahin Kaygun

By Victoria Khroundina | January 8, 2015

The Şahin Kaygun exhibition, currently at Istanbul Modern, is an absolute treat for photography lovers. Little is written about the late Adana-born multidisciplinary artist, who, always seeking new forms of expression, played a pioneering role in photography in the 1980s and 1990s, generally paving the way for experimental photography in...
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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...
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Gallery walkabout: Karaköy/Tophane

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | December 22, 2014

We are in Karaköy/Tophane for our gallery walk this week for a diverse group of exhibitions, spanning solo, group and research shows. ‘Air Manifest: Los Angeles, 1955, 1965’ AIR MANIFEST: LOS ANGELES, 1955, 1965 Start on Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi, to the east of the Tophane tram stop. At No 35,...
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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 wonder of Joan Miró

By Victoria Khroundina | December 5, 2014

The Sakıp Sabancı Museum has really outdone itself. Its current exhibition, a survey of the later part of the career of the Catalan artist Joan Miró, is a wonder. Although I personally don’t connect with a lot of Miró’s work, I can’t deny this is a great exhibition: intelligently laid...
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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...
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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...
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Gallery walkabout: Karaköy/Tophane

Lights, camera, action

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | November 17, 2014

With Contemporary Istanbul behind us, we are back in Karaköy/Tophane for an art walk of group and solo shows exploring diverse subjects and genres, with an emphasis on cinema, photography and realism. 100 years of Turkish cinema Let’s start at Istanbul Modern, which besides holding exhibitions we have covered elsewhere...
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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...
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Warhol and Chambers: paragons of paint and print

By Victoria Khroundina | June 13, 2014

Two very rewarding exhibitions are currently on at the Pera Museum, both showing works from a master of print. One is a household name – Andy Warhol – and the other is the lesser-known but very talented British artist, Stephen Chambers. Another thing linking the artists, says the museum’s general manager,...
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Gallery walkabout: Karaköy/Tophane

The city through a lens


Back in Karaköy/Tophane for the second part of our walk, we visit a few galleries, a museum and some interesting art institutions exploring a mixture of themes –  the majority, coincidentally, focusing on photography. Installation view GROWING UP IN A GROWING METROPOLIS Start on Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi. Between the Fındıklı...
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TCF Fellowships

Applications now open

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | April 23, 2014

A good thing to keep in the back of the mind is the Turkish Cultural Foundation’s (TCF) fellowship programme. There are two types: the Fellowship in Turkish Culture and Art and the Cultural Exchange Fellowship.  The TCF Fellowship in Turkish Culture and Art has provided funding to young and established scholars since...
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Small things big

The photography of Barbara and Zafer Baran

By Victoria Khroundina | April 3, 2014

Barbara and Zafer Baran’s retrospective exhibition at Istanbul Modern’s Photography Gallery presents a selection of works from 11 series completed by the couple between 1999 and 2013. The panoramic landscapes are nothing short of awe inspiring and the images in this blog really cannot do them justice. I strongly suggest...
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Gallery walkabout: Beyoğlu

Manipulation, movement and mining

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | March 24, 2014

We are back in the beating heart of Istanbul’s centre – Beyoğlu – where some exemplary galleries and museums are hosting intriguing group and solo shows spanning the mediums of painting, photography and performance art. Exhibition view showing (left to right): Ceylan Öztürk, ‘Untitled’, 2014, installation, various sizes; Sevgi Kesmen,...
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Eastern memories

600 years of Turkish–Polish diplomatic relations

By Victoria Khroundina | March 14, 2014

One of the most important events in Istanbul to commemorate the anniversary of 600 years of diplomatic relations between Turkey and Poland is the Distant Neighbour, Close Memories exhibition, which opened at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum last Friday. As the museum’s director, Dr Nazan Ölçer put it, ‘The documents, maps,...
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Gallery walkabout: Karaköy/Tophane

Constructing narratives

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | February 21, 2014

We are back in the city’s gallery hub, Karaköy/Tophane, for our walk this week, where our favourite galleries are concentrating on solo shows of Turkish artists. Whether exploring personal narratives or the universe, there should be something to tickle everyone’s fancy. Barbara and Zafer Baran, ‘Moon Drawings 0757, 0795’, 2013,...
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