Inside story: Çamlıhemşin part 2

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | August 28, 2015


In this blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. Huge kitchens like the one above are found in old stone houses built high in the mountains in remote areas of’ Çamlıhemşin in the early 20th century. Amonst them were many successful bakers, one...
Posted in Architecture, Design, History, Photography, Travel

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....
Posted in Contemporary Art, Design, Exhibitions, History, Modern Art, Museums, Photography

Cappadocia dreaming

By Victoria Khroundina | August 21, 2015


If you’ve been following the blog, you will know I have been travelling these past few weeks. Last weekend I finally got around to visiting Cappadocia, and out of all the places I have been to in Turkey this awed me the most. The otherworldly landscape peppered with fairy chimneys,...
Posted in Nature, Photography, Travel

Turquoise beauty

By Victoria Khroundina | August 14, 2015


If you want to get up close and personal with Turkey’s Mediterranean coast there’s no better way to do so than by boat. You can stay in a town such as Fethiye, Kaş, Kalkan or Antalya, and take daily boat trips or, better still, hire your own boat and spend...
Posted in Modern Art, Photography, Travel

Capturing the Empire

By Victoria Khroundina | July 21, 2015


Beautifully arranged across the foyer and main gallery of the Research Centre for Anatolian Civilisations (RCAC) is the exhibition Camera Ottomana, tracing photography and modernity in the Ottoman Empire from 1840 to 1914. The RCAC excels at these historical photography exhibitions. They are compact but informative, well arranged and lit,...
Posted in Exhibitions, History, Photography

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...
Posted in Exhibitions, History, Museums, Photography

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...
Posted in Exhibitions, Modern Art, Museums, Photography

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...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Modern Art, Museums, Photography

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...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Modern Art, Museums, Photography

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...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Modern Art, Museums, Photography

News for arts practitioners

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...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Modern Art, News, Photography

An extraordinary portfolio

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...
Posted in Books, History, News, Photography, Textiles, Travel

Gallery walkabout: Beyoğlu

Behind the lens

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | May 11, 2015


Spring has finally sprung and before many of the city’s galleries close for the summer hiatus, make sure you get in a couple more gallery walks and catch some of the very impressive art being showcased around the city right now. This week we’re in Beyoğlu, where there is a...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Photography

Gallery walkabout: Karaköy/Tophane

Something for everyone

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | April 27, 2015


A packed walk for part two of our Karaköy/Tophane gallery walkabout, in which we visit art institutions, galleries and an urban think tank for solo and group shows, spanning such diverse subjects as architecture, history, identity and jewellery. There truly is something for everyone this week. TURKISH ARCHITECTURE YEARBOOK First...
Posted in Architecture, Contemporary Art, Design, Exhibitions, Photography

Gallery walkabout: Karaköy/Tophane

Techniques versus mediums

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | April 20, 2015


This week we’re in Karaköy/Tophane, the city’s undisputed gallery hub, for a diverse walk exploring both serious and lighter topics. Onur Gülfidan, ‘Knock on wood’, 2015, 120 x 120 cm ONUR GÜLFIDAN’S SLEIGHT OF HAND Let’s start on Mumhane Caddesi, running parallel to the main drag, Kemeraltı Caddesi, where the...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Photography

Gallery walkabout: Beşiktaş

Journeys taken

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | April 13, 2015


For our walk this week we are in Beşiktaş, where most of the galleries are offering solo shows, with two group exhibitions in the mix. Don’t underestimate this humble neighbourhood – it is home to some of the best galleries in the city. Esin Turan, ‘May 1st, 2013’, 2013, mixed...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Fine Art, Photography

Gallery walkabout: Nişantaşı

Art for the home

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | April 6, 2015


On the second part of our Nişantaşı walk we visit another six galleries offering solo shows of artists working in the disciplines of painting, sculpture, photography and design. Up for grabs are elegant wood sculptures, abstract mixed media on wood, unusual interior products and more. The seventh and final stop is...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Design, Exhibitions, Fine Art, Nature, Photography

Gallery walkabout: Nişantaşı

Art for the wall

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | March 30, 2015


In this first section of our two-part Nişantaşı walk we visit six galleries hosting solo and group shows, comprising painting, photography and mixed media works. Franz Ackermann, ‘Bohol’, 2012, mixed media on dibond, 195 x 150 cm GROUP EXHIBITION Let’s start on Abdi İpekçi Caddesi, where Dirimart at No 7...
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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...
Posted in Architecture, Design, Museums, Photography, Travel

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...
Posted in Architecture, Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Museums, Photography
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