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...
Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Museums, Photography
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,
Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, History, Museums, Photography
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,...
Exhibitions, History, Museums, Highlights Istanbul
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,
Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, History, Museums, Photography
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...
Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Museums
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...
Architecture, Contemporary Art, Culinary Arts, Design, Exhibitions, Film, History, Museums, Music and Performing Arts, Protest Music, Nature, News, Gezi Protests, Photography, Sport
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...
Islamic Art, Museums
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...
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...
Architecture, Contemporary Art, Museums
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...
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...
Architecture, History, Museums
By Michael Hornsby | February 4, 2013
Lot 23. Yüksel Arslan, Updating 'KAPITAL', Signed And Dated 1978, Mixed Media On Paper, 50x71 Cm. 42,500 - 51,000 Euro
70 pieces of Turkish modern and contemporary art from the collection of Bilgi University are to be sold at auction on February 17. It is likely that many of the works will go...
Contemporary Art, Museums
By Michael Hornsby | October 16, 2012
The Pera Museum's main exhibition this autumn consists of 57 portraits of royal and aristocratic children from the Yannick and Ben Jakober Foundation collection. Often commissioned in order to facilitate marriages between royal households, the 16th - 19th century paintings show historical figures in their early years, and reflect the...
Contemporary Art, Fine Art, History, Museums
By Michael Hornsby | October 11, 2012
The first thing you see upon entering the Monet's Garden
exhibition at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum is a video of the great painter's garden at Giverny projected onto the walls around you. Ironically, it is possibly the least impressionistic representation of the garden imaginable, but it brilliantly sets up this...
Fine Art, Museums
By Michael Hornsby | June 27, 2012
Whether they stay in Sultanahmet or Beyoğlu, visitors to Istanbul this summer (2012) have the chance to see the late Josephine Powell’s remarkable photographs of Anatolian nomadic and rural life at a nearby venue. The exhibition at the Research Centre for Anatolian Civilisations on Istiklal Caddesi, which featured on the cover...
Books, Film, History, Museums, Photography, Travel
By Thomas Roueche | June 6, 2012
The floorboards of the Geelvinck-Hinlopen House, facing on to the stately Herengracht in central Amsterdam, come from the ships of the Hinlopen family – ships which plied the oceans of the world, enriching the Hinlopens and their interests in Spain, Africa, Surinam and the West Indies. The elegant house built...
By Michael Hornsby | May 25, 2012
Last weekend I was in Turkey’s Eastern Black Sea Mountains, about as far from the South Aegean tourist spots as is possible to get without someone stamping my passport. And as a break from the increasingly popular Istanbul it was a good reminder that here at Cornucopia we don’t just...
Contemporary Art, History, Museums
By Thomas Roueche | May 25, 2012
Although for most of us the tulip has come to symbolise the Netherlands, the flower is completely taken for granted by the Dutch. While tourists from around the world – particularly from Japan and the USA – flock to see bulbs, fields and flowers, the Dutch can buy 50 cut...