Istanbul this weekend (July 22–23)
By Katie Nadworny | July 21, 2017
With the Istanbul Modern’s summer exhibitions closing soon, don’t miss the chance to see the excellent artists on display. Fahrelnissa Zeid: A Selection from the Istanbul Modern Collection at Istanbul Modern, Tophane
Fahrelnissa Zeid's dramatic abstracts have always been a cornerstone of the Istanbul Modern's collection. Now, as a...
Istanbul this weekend (July 15–16)
By Katie Nadworny | July 14, 2017
Two shows are closing this weekend, one collaborative and chaotic, one calm and quiet. Both are worth catching before they slip away. In the Blink of a Bird at DEPO, Tophane
This show is accompanied by a large sign that request visitors don’t take the prints, and it quickly becomes...
Greco-Roman city joins 16 other Turkish World Heritage Sites
By Roger Williams | July 12, 2017
, the cover story in *Cornucopia 11
, was a notable addition to this year’s list of Unesco World Heritage Sites. It is the 17th in Turkey to achieve this status, which includes a diversity of places from Çatalhöyük and Troy to parts of Bursa and Istanbul. The city of Aphrodite...
England's old bath houses are getting a new treatment
By Roger Williams | July 7, 2017
The refurbishment of Manchester’s Victoria Turkish Baths (above), recently opened to great national hurrahs, is part of a reawakening of the interest in Turkish baths that gripped Britain a century ago. Fusion Lifestyle, one of the country’s largest charitable leisure trusts, is now involved in plans to make the revived...
Istanbul this weekend (July 1–2)
By Katie Nadworny | June 29, 2017
Start July right, with two closing exhibitions and one that’s just opening. We all need to get out of the sunshine every once in a while, why not explore Istanbul’s art scene? Bubbles in Istanbul Dirimart Dolapdere
Czech artist Jiri Georg Dokoupil brings excepts from his series Soap Bubble Paintings...
By Katie Nadworny | June 22, 2017
With Ramadan ending, this weekend brings the beginning of the Bayram holiday and a mad rush out of the city. But don’t worry if you don’t have plans to flee to a beach. The quiet Istanbul streets and perfect for strolling, and you can catch some of the wonderful exhibitions...
Istanbul this weekend (June 17–18)
By Katie Nadworny | June 16, 2017
The shows you should catch this weekend are all about textures, from layered collages to the layers of history. Don’t miss these exhibitions that are closing this week. The Pope and Galileo Had a Minor Disagreement Zilberman Gallery and Project Space
The works play on processes of sensory perception, blurring...
Istanbul this weekend (June 10–11)
By Katie Nadworny | June 9, 2017
Quite a few of Istanbul’s exciting exhibitions are closing in the next week, including some that close this week. If you’re trying to figure out what art to prioritize on your days off this weekend, make sure to check out these before they’re gone. The Uses Of Art: Final Exhibition
Symposium in Edinburgh, May 6
By Julie W | May 17, 2017
This year’s well-attended symposium opened with Ottoman historian Caroline Finkel’s introduction to the extraordinary 17th century Ottoman adventurer, Evliya Çelebi. That Evliya is relatively unknown compared with say Ibn Battuta or Marco Polo is something Dr Finkel hopes to rectify with talks such as this one and her ongoing work...
A postcard from the Borders: the Nescio Ensemble, and a tribute to Barış Yazgı
By Christopher Ryan | April 29, 2017
In the increasingly dystopian political atmosphere of an emerging populist world order, older and more essential human values were aired on Thursday night when the Amsterdam-based string ensemble, Nescio, performed for a full house in Cornucopia’s new venue for the arts, Unit Four, in Hawick in the Scottish Borders, followed...
A revealing relief, must-try Turkish dishes and the perfect day in Istanbul
By Emma Harper | April 26, 2017
In this blog series, we highlight some of our favourite Turkey-related articles and news titbits that we’ve read over the past month (or two, in this case).
A relief uncovered by chance in eastern Anatolia has led archaeologists to revise the history of Harput, reports Hurriyet Daily News
. Subsequent examinations...
Archaeology, Culinary Arts, Film, Music and Performing Arts, Obituaries
By Cornucopia | April 20, 2017
Very sad news. The great John Freely passed away early yesterday morning. We have lost a cherished friend of the Bosphorus, author of more than 50 books, with at least 50 more ready to roll, and one of Irish nature’s great raconteurs. John was the incomparable bard of old Stamboul....
Highlights of London’s Spring 2017 Islamic Sales… including the lot that broke the record for an Ottoman textile at auction
By John Scott | April 20, 2017
The spring Islamic sales are being held in Bond Street and elsewhere in London this week. These graphic, almost sensuous silk velvets and brocades, rediscovered by the beau monde in the early 1900s, are tipped to break records at Sotheby’s on April 26 and are just some of the exceptional...
Islamic Art, Orientalism, Textiles
Istanbul this weekend (April 22–23)
By Emma Harper | April 20, 2017
I'm embarassed to admit that I often find video installations tiresome. Call it impatience or ineptitude, but I rarely have it in me to sit and digest moving images in an exhibition setting. So I was suprised to find myself totally absorbed in two video works currently on display in...
Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Music and Performing Arts
Felt’s Shyrdak rugs are the inspiration behind a new Hermès scarf
By Emma Harper | April 11, 2017
Traditional Shyrdak rugs made by nomads in Kyrgyzstan – tangible elements of a resilient culture – have turned into the stuff of high fashion. ‘Appaloosa des Steppes’, designed by the artist Alice Shirley for the Hermès S/S17 silk scarf collection, draws on the geometric motifs and vivid colours of Felt’s...
The cities’ artistic ties are on display at the 13th Sharjah Biennial
By Emma Harper | April 4, 2017
Istanbul is making quite the splash at the 13th Sharjah Biennial, which opened on March 10 and will run until June 12. Out of the four artists awarded the 2017 Sharjah Biennial Prize, two – İnci Eviner and Walid Siti – are represented by Istanbul-based galleries (Galeri Nev Istanbul and...
Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Film, Music and Performing Arts, Talks and Lectures
By Jason Goodwin | March 26, 2017
There’s an app on my daughter’s phone which distorts faces, pulls them round, to give people Habsburg chins or googly eyes or enormous teeth, writes Jason Goodwin (portrait by Monica Fritz)
. It’s amusing enough, but it isn’t really very illuminating. It merely makes monsters of us all, unlike Yusuf Bey’s...
David French, the former director of the British Institution at Ankara, who died on Friday (pictured right), was a leading figure in British archaeological research in Turkey for six decades. For just over a quarter of a century, he was Ankara Director of the Institute, then an exclusively archaeological body....
The women changing Turkey’s music scene
By Ezgi Üstündağ | March 24, 2017
Few Turkish words conjure up a scene as swiftly and uniformly as ozan
. The noun is seemingly inseparable from the image of an elderly minstrel, bağlama
in hand, singing of his travels before an audience of Anatolian villagers. Significant, too, is that this widespread understanding of the ozan
, the lone...
Music and Performing Arts, Jazz, Protest Music
Celebrities in Cappadocia, prefab chalets and poorly puppies
By Emma Harper | March 18, 2017
In this blog series, we highlight some of our favourite Turkey-related articles and news titbits that we’ve read over the past month.
‘I never thought I’d be saying this, but I’m a big fan of Martha Stewart’, writes Robert Ousterhout in a delightful post for the Penn History of Art...
Architecture, Books, History, Literature, Music and Performing Arts, News