Gallery walkabout: Nişantaşı to Beşiktaş

Hot topics

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | February 23, 2015


In this week’s walk, we explore galleries in two nearby neighbourhoods: Nişantaşı and Beşiktaş. There are mostly solo exhibitions, and many of the shows deal with societally important topics. Ali İbrahim Öcal, ‘Meer because the expression is better’, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 115 x 165 cm TAKE IT OR LEAVE...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Photography

Inside story: Çamlıhemşin

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | February 20, 2015


In this blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. There are a couple of thousand people living in Çamlıhemşin, a small town on a plateau in the mountainous area of Rize, in the Eastern Black Sea region. Looking up from the base of...
Posted in Architecture, Design, Photography, Travel

Inside story: Daday

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | February 6, 2015


In our new blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. The above image shows a room in a house in Daday, in the Black Sea province of Kastamonu. Built at the top of a circular staircase and taking up the whole floor –...
Posted in Architecture, Design, Photography, Travel

Inside story: Cappadocia

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | January 30, 2015


In our new blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. In my wanderings down streets and alleyways in Cappadocia, I once chanced upon this 1876 landmark Greek house in Ürgüp (above image). Cappadocia is a World Heritage Site with many stone houses built...
Posted in Architecture, Design, History, Museums, Photography, Travel

Gallery walkabout: Beyoğlu

An international smorgasbord

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | January 26, 2015


We are in Beyoğlu this week for a diverse and absorbing gallery walk of mostly solo and a few group shows, a significant number of them focusing on the work of international artists. Handan Figen HANDAN FIGEN’S LUCKY INCIDENT Start at the Tünel end of İstiklâl Caddesi. Down Asmalımescit Caddesi,...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Photography

Inside story: Bursa

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | January 22, 2015


In our new blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. The above image was taken in Bursa, in a small village filled with wood-framed houses, similar in design to early English architecture, characterised by a horizontal band of timber which divides the upper...
Posted in Architecture, Design, Photography, Travel

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

Inside story: Safranbolu

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | January 16, 2015


In our new blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. I took the above image inside a house in Safranbolu, a glorious old city that has fortunately been preserved as a World Heritage Site. The houses here are solid and substantial and look as though...
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Gallery walkabout: Beşiktaş

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | January 12, 2015


We are in Beşiktaş for our gallery walk this week, where three solo and two group exhibitions showcase Turkish and foreign artists working in all disciplines. Çağrı Saray, ‘The weight of history’ (three frames in front of the Louvre), 2013, triptych photography, 50 x 67cm each ÇAĞRI SARAY’S OUTSIDER Let’s...
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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,...
Posted in Archaeology, Architecture, Contemporary Art, Design, Exhibitions, Film, History, Museums, Nature, News, Gezi Protests, Photography, Sport

The future looks grim…

Young Photographers Award 2014

By Victoria Khroundina | December 24, 2014


This year’s Young Photographers Award exhibition opened at the Mimar Sinan Art Gallery (at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Fındıklı Campus) on Monday. Dealing with a wide range of topics, from traditional customs to coming of age, the award once again highlights the talented pool of young photographers in...
Posted in Exhibitions, Photography

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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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...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Fine Art, History, Museums, Photography

The prince and the photographer

‘Cairo to Constantinople: Early Photographs of the Middle East’ exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery, London

By Tim Cornwell | November 20, 2014


In February 1862, the Photographic News in London excitedly told its readers that the photographer Francis Bedford had been commissioned to accompany the young Prince of Wales on a four-month tour of the Ottoman Middle East and Greece.      It illustrated ‘that the heir to England’s throne takes as deep an...
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Polish life

‘Shock Therapy’ at the Millî Reasürans Gallery

By Victoria Khroundina | October 31, 2014


Although the wonderful Millî Reasürans Gallery in Maçka left it to the end of the year to celebrate 600 years of diplomatic relations between Poland and Turkey, the show it has staged brings the goods. The gallery is hosting Shock Therapy, which brings together works of ten photographers offering a...
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The city through the lens

FotoIstanbul 2014

By Victoria Khroundina | October 16, 2014


I was delighted to hear that a new photography festival is descending on my neighbourhood. From this Saturday (October 18), the Beşiktaş municipality will host a month-long festival featuring 50 exhibits and numerous lectures, roundtable discussions, workshops and special presentations. Ken SchlesNightwalk The municipality worked with a team of art...
Posted in Photography

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...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, History, Museums, News, Photography

Take a shot

The Istanbul Photo Contest

By Victoria Khroundina | September 10, 2014


The Istanbul Photo Contest is now accepting entries for its 2014 competition. Launched in 2008 by Les Arts Turcs, the contest was set up to give international photographers the opportunity to ‘capture the importance of Istanbul’ – from both historical and contemporary point of views. Last year, 28 photographers submitted...
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‘Images of the Other’ conference: an overview

By Victoria Khroundina | September 5, 2014


A fascinating conference took place this week exploring how cities are perceived through imagery. Scholars, architects, photographers, writers, artists and film-makers convened in a spacious and acoustically pleasing room at the sumptuous Austro-Hungarian embassy in Yeniköy, on the European shore of the Bosphorus. The conference, entitled ‘Images of the Other’,...
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