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

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | June 2, 2014


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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Gallery walkabout: Galatasaray

Personal versus public

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | February 14, 2014


We continue our tour of the Beyoğlu galleries this week, hoping that a culture fix will, at least for a little while, take our minds off Phaselis. Galatasaray may be best known for its football club and lycée, but there’s plenty to like about this lively neighbourhood. Start at the...
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The year that was…

By Victoria Khroundina | December 30, 2013


With just a few days left of 2013, it’s time to look back on the year that was.  The year 2013 will be etched in history as the year of the Gezi protests. It all started with a tree, so to speak, in late May when a group of people...
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Islamic arts in Melbourne

By Victoria Khroundina | December 5, 2013


I’m always happy to hear about things of cultural interest happening in my hometown, so the news that the Islamic Arts Festival was taking place at the always fascinating Immigration Museum in Melbourne was most welcome. The festival took place on Sunday November 24 and was established to bring to...
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A Byzantine gentleman

By CORNUCOPIA BLOG | August 16, 2013


Thank you to one of our readers, Leyla Argun from Greece, who has sent in this colourful rendition of Thomas Whittemore, an American Byzantinist and Egyptologist who discovered important mosaics at Haghia Sophia and initiated a project to restore it in the early 1940s.  Robert S Nelson's piece in Cornucopia...
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New kid on the block

Koç Contemporary to open in Beyoğlu in 2016

By CORNUCOPIA BLOG | July 30, 2013


Champagne corks will be popping in Clerkenwell. Last week Arch Daily announced that the English architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw has bagged Istanbul's most prestigous ever museum project: the Vehbi Koç Foundation has selected the international architects Grimshaw to design their long-awaited contemporary art museum in Istanbul. This is the Foundation's latest attempt...
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All aboard the Orient Express

1001 Faces of Orientalism at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum

By Victoria Khroundina | July 11, 2013


1001 Faces of Orientalism exhibits for just one more month (ending on August 11) at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum and this compelling foray into 19th-century Europe’s fascination with the Orient should not be missed. The term ‘Orient’ was first used only to describe the Middle East, but – due to the...
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Byzantine blizzard hits Istanbul

The International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium

By Scott Redford | June 30, 2013


I was in London for a conference late last month, and although the weather forecast was for ‘white cloud’, it rained. Conference concluded, I returned to Istanbul and a different kind of white cloud, with precipitation brought on by water cannons. Despite this particularly unwelcome kind of stormy weather, it...
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