Weekend gallery guide

What’s on in Istanbul over the weekend of August 27–28

By Emma Harper | August 25, 2016


Each Thursday on the Cornucopia blog we share our pick of exhibitions in Istanbul to visit over the coming weekend. This weekend we recommend a visit to one of the museums in Istanbul, the Sakıp Sabancı Museum. Located on the shores of the Bosphorus, this cultural institution has been staging...
Posted in Exhibitions, Modern Art, Museums

Weekend gallery guide

What’s on in Istanbul over the weekend of August 20–21

By Emma Harper | August 18, 2016


Each Thursday on the Cornucopia blog we share our pick of exhibitions in Istanbul to visit over the coming weekend. Bomontiada is the place to be this summer. The former beer factory exudes an energy that’s been lacking in Beyoğlu. The complex is home to Babylon Bomonti, a slew of...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions

The 2016 Talât Sait Halman Translation Award

IKSV is accepting submissions until November 4

By The Cornucopia Blog | August 16, 2016


Great translation, despite being incredibly difficult, often goes underappreciated. Which is why we were delighted to learn that the 2016 Talât Sait Halman Translation Award is now accepting submissions. This is the second year that the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) will give out the award in an...
Posted in Books, Literature, News

Weekend gallery guide

What’s on in Istanbul over the weekend of August 13–14

By Emma Harper | August 11, 2016


Each Thursday on the Cornucopia blog we share our pick of exhibitions in Istanbul to visit over the coming weekend. Living in Ortaköy, I jump at the chance to get away from the crowds. This week I'm sharing two places I often visit when I need a breather. The first...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions

Dripping with jewels

The ‘Jewel’ exhibition at the Sadberk Hanım Museum has been extended until September 25

By Emma Harper | August 9, 2016


If I could take home one object from the ‘Jewel’ exhibition at the Sadberk Hanım Museum, well, I don’t think I could choose just one. The writer in me covets the 19th-century writing box made of wood and tortoiseshell with silver and enamel embellishments. But then there’s the 17th-century jade...
Posted in Exhibitions, Islamic Art, Museums

Weekend gallery guide

What’s on in Istanbul over the weekend of August 6–7

By Emma Harper | August 4, 2016


Each Thursday on the Cornucopia blog we share our pick of exhibitions in Istanbul to visit over the coming weekend. This weekend we recommend a visit to two of Istanbul’s most venerable art institutions: the Pera Museum and ARTER. Mere blocks away from each other, the two museums often stage...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Modern Art

Weekend gallery guide

What’s on in Istanbul over the weeked of July 30–31

By Emma Harper | July 28, 2016


The weekend gallery guide is a new feature on the Cornucopia blog. Each Thursday we will share our pick of exhibitions in Istanbul to visit over the weekend.  Summer can be quiet in Istanbul, as many people submit to the siren call of the seaside and happily take their leave...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Photography

Young meets old

An orchestra is born: the annual reincarnation of the amazing Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra

By The Cornucopia Blog | July 22, 2016


As we’ve experienced in Istanbul this summer, music can provide a welcome distraction and act as a soothing balm. Yet it can also serve a deeper purpose, for both listeners and musicians. The Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, or Türkiye Gençlik Filarmoni Orkestrası (TGFO), spearheaded by the acclaimed Turkish conductor...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Classical Music

Harmonising on the Bosphorus

As natural as breathing – Ibeyi and Kamasi Washington at the Istanbul Jazz Festival

By Emma Harper | July 15, 2016


All sorts of sounds filled the garden of the old Beykoz shoe factory last night – the crack of batá drums, the deep notes of a double bass drawn out with a bow, the deafening reverberations of a horn section going full tilt. Yet the highlight of the performances by...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Jazz

Classical music engulfs the Bodrum peninsula

The 13th International Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival runs from July 3 until August 11

By Emma Harper | July 13, 2016


Bodrum may not be the most isolated holiday spot in Turkey, but the peninsula boasts some quiet retreats, like the small fishing village of Gümüşlük. Far away from the hustle and bustle of Bodrum Marina, the sleepy town is brought to life each summer by the Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival,...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Classical Music, Jazz, Travel

Opportunities for artists in the second half of 2016

Applications are open for the Moon and Stars Project grants and the Turkey–Scandinavia Connections 2016 residency programme

By The Cornucopia Blog | July 8, 2016


Editor’s note: The application deadline for the winter instalment of the Moon and Stars Project grants has been extended to August 31. When making plans for the autumn, artists would do well to consider the following two funding opportunities. The first is the winter 2016 instalment of the Moon...
Posted in Books, Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Music and Performing Arts, News, Photography

Found objects: 19th-century Ottoman imperial tents

A stunning example of these multi-functional mobile palaces

By Ashley Dimmig | July 4, 2016


On September 11, 1683, Grand Vizier Kara Mustafa Pasha sat in his ostentatious tent outside the walls of Vienna – as the story goes – luxuriously sipping coffee while taking a break from besieging the city. The sight of the Grand Vizier’s unapologetic display of pure decadence apparently so enraged...
Posted in Architecture, History, Islamic Art, Textiles

Bold strokes

The İnci Eviner Retrospective at Istanbul Modern exposes the artist’s unique visual language

By Emma Harper | July 2, 2016


I hear ‘Harem’, İnci Eviner’s 2009 single-channel video work currently on display at Istanbul Modern, before I see it. A large thunderclap reverberates across the exhibition space, followed in quick succession by the humdrum din of a crowd at work: coughing, papers being shuffled, a woman’s voice, the beat of...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Museums

Turkey’s lost ships

How Britain commandeered two dreadnoughts

By Roger Williams | July 1, 2016


The trigger that caused Turkey to be dragged unwillingly into the First World War was when Germany, unbidden, sent two battleships to replace two dreadnoughts that Britain had confiscated. Details of the events and the diplomatic exchanges between Russia, Constantinople and London that led to this historic moment lie in...
Posted in History, Talks and Lectures

What could that word be?

Lexiqamus, a new online search tool, makes deciphering Ottoman words that much easier

By Emma Harper | June 22, 2016


Anyone who has tried their hand at learning Ottoman, the hybrid of Turkish, Arabic and Persian that served as the official and literary language of the Ottoman Empire, is like to have encountered James Redhouse’s Turkish and English Lexicon (1890). I picked up my copy in Istanbul the summer before...
Posted in History, News

Fabrics fit for a Sultan

Ottoman Silks launches a line of kaftans with Glyndebourne

By Emma Harper | June 15, 2016


The wavy stem of a tulip, the fanning of a carnation, the lattice pattern created by delicate peony blossoms… the floral motifs of classical Ottoman silks are simply sumptuous. No wonder they were the first choice of Sultans, who commissioned teams of weavers trained in the art of silk hand-weaving...
Posted in Design, Islamic Art, Shopping, Textiles

Readers’ retreat

The Vitali Hakko Creative Industries Library in Nakkaştepe overflows with fashion, art and architecture titles

By Emma Harper | June 7, 2016


My visit to the Vitali Hakko Creative Industries Library coincided with the last truly cold day of spring – a frigid wind whipped off the Bosphorus, pushing the rain sideways such that no umbrella could prevent it from stinging my face. The normally suffocating humidity of the metro bus came...
Posted in Architecture, Books, Modern Art

Turkey’s humanity made transparent

Istanbul Modern opens a new photography exhibition ‘People Attract People’

By Emma Harper | June 2, 2016


From the mouth open wide in mid-guffaw to the two fingers softly securing a cigarette, Ozan Sağdıç’s 1961 photograph ‘Diplomats’ demonstrates how the human form can encompass just as wide and varied a topography as any landscape. Sağdıç is one of 80 photographers whose work is on display in Istanbul...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, History, Photography

Vinyl Icons

Persian Pop and Turkish Psychedelia

By Tim Cornwell | May 29, 2016


Once in a while a curator with instinct and particular passion hits a mark. In Vinyl Icons: Persian Pop and Turkish Psychedelia, staged in Newcastle, in the heart of Britain’s northeast, Sara Makari-Aghdam uses the work of five contemporary artists to construct a celebration and reflection of a permissive past...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Music and Performing Arts, Orientalism

A son of Pera returns home

‘Mario Prassinos: In Pursuit of an Artist, Istanbul-Paris-Istanbul’ opens at the Pera Museum

By Emma Harper | May 24, 2016


Contemplating the Istanbul skyline today, your gaze will most likely fall on slender minarets and hulking skyscrapers. Yet imagine an Istanbul where trees – yes, trees – dominated the horizon. It seems impossible now, what with all the çılgın projects of late, but this was the Istanbul (or rather Constantinople)...
Posted in Exhibitions, Modern Art
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