By Victoria Khroundina | August 18, 2015
Turkish cinema is going from strength to strength year in, year out – and with the recent announcement of this year’s Venice International Film Festival competition entrants and jury members, it looks like things are about to get even rosier. The first piece of exciting news is that Turkey’s prime...
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...
Museums, Nature, News
By Victoria Khroundina | July 28, 2015
On display until the end of summer is a 50-square metre painting paying tribute to the Gezi protests. It was on display on the terrace of the Istanbul Chamber of Architects in Karaköy until the end of June and will be shown in Kadıköy throughout August (watch this space for an update of the location)....
Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, News, Gezi Protests
‘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...
Architecture, Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Modern Art, Museums, News
Open call for American Turkish Society grants
By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | June 4, 2015
The American Turkish Society (ATS) is now accepting submissions for two excellent funding opportunities/awards for artists/those working in the arts. Young photographers can apply for the 2015 Young Photographers Award before the end of this month. The Award has been given annually since 2010 by Haluk Soykan, who funds the...
Contemporary Art, Modern Art, News, Photography
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
By Victoria Khroundina | May 21, 2015
In 2013, the revered pop culture/music channel MTV launched a new series of documentaries, entitled Rebel Music.
The idea behind the series was to highlight stories of young fearless musicians and artists around the world who are rising up against oppression in their respective countries. The series had its premiere last...
Film, News, Gezi Protests
HALI at the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair
By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | May 19, 2015
For those with happy memories of the glory days of the Hali Fair at Olympia, it is good to see the venerable rug magazine HALI making a return to the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair this summer with a select group of international antique rug and textile dealers (June...
The 8th Leyla Gencer Voice Competition
By Victoria Khroundina | May 14, 2015
There's just two more weeks to apply for this edition of the Leyla Gencer Voice Competition. Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) and the Accademia Teatro alla Scala – and named after the first lady of Turkish opera, the late Leyla Gencer – the competition is...
Music and Performing Arts, Opera, News
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 ongoing destruction of Turkey’s coastline
By Victoria Khroundina | April 9, 2015
Another beauty spot that was. Photos this morning from an activist Facebook site (one the authorities would no doubt love to shut down). They show the ongoing destruction of Güvercinlik Cove on the Bodrum peninsula. Eight years ago, a fire swept through the area in suspicious circumstances, destroying acres of...
Nature, News, Travel
Study and exhibit art in New York
By Victoria Khroundina | March 5, 2015
Turkish artists take note: applications are now being accepted for the School of Visual Arts (SVA) Summer Residency Programme, which takes place between June 1 and July 2, 2015 in New York. Sponsored by the Moon and Stars Project of the American Turkish Society (which also supports young artists through...
Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, News
A new documentary featuring Robert Ousterhout
By Victoria Khroundina | February 24, 2015
Readers in the US, a treat is coming to your TV screens this Wednesday (February 25). Providence Pictures is releasing the third installment in its Building Wonders
series. The first, on the Colosseum, aired on February 11, the second on Petra aired on February 18, and the third, entitled Hagia Sophia –
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...
Deadline: March 1, 2015
By Victoria Khroundina | February 10, 2015
It’s the time of year again when applications are being accepted for the Arif Mardin Music Fellowship. Launched in 2007 by The American Turkish Society (ATS) in memory of the world-renowned producer Arif Mardin (1932–2006) – who was also the Vice Chairman of the ATS for many years – the Fellowship aims...
Music and Performing Arts, News
Entries now open
By Victoria Khroundina | February 6, 2015
Established to encourage translation of modern and contemporary Turkish poetry into English, submissions are now being accepted for the 2015 Meral Divitçi Prize for Turkish Poetry in Translation. Organised within the scope of the Seventh Annual Nâzım Hikmet Poetry Festival, which will be held on Sunday, April 26 at Page-Walker Arts and History Center...
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 | January 8, 2015
The Meetings on the Bridge programme, part of the 34th Istanbul Film Festival, is offering some exciting opportunities for emerging filmmakers. The application deadline for the Film Development Workshop, to be held April 15–16, 2015, has been extended to Thursday, January 15. The workshop will train directors, screenwriters and producers...
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