What’s on in Istanbul 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...
Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Photography
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...
Music and Performing Arts, Classical Music
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...
Music and Performing Arts, Jazz
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,...
Music and Performing Arts, Classical Music, Jazz, Travel
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
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 and Stars Project grants, a programme organised and funded by the American Turkish Society. In a bid to support both emerging and established...
Books, Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Music and Performing Arts, News, Photography
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...
Architecture, History, Islamic Art, Textiles
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...
Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Museums
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...
History, Talks and Lectures
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...
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...
Design, Islamic Art, Shopping, Textiles
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...
Architecture, Books, Modern Art
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...
Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, History, Photography
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...
Contemporary Art, Music and Performing Arts, Orientalism
‘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)...
Exhibitions, Modern Art
Zeynep Kılıç’s film explores Turkish cuisine in Istanbul
By Emma Harper | May 18, 2016
In the first few minutes of Zeynep Kılıç’s documentary film Tables of Istanbul
(Sofra Sofra İstanbul
), she recalls how, early in their relationship, her now husband, Wayne, joked that if they were ever to break up, he needed the rights to her red pepper paste. The rich, slightly spicy paste...
Contemporary Art, Film
By Emma Harper | May 11, 2016
Riding on the wave of its critical success, the Oscar-nominated Mustang
will be screened in UK theatres (in cities such as London, Oxford and Edinburgh, among others) starting May 13. If you’re feeling a bit lazy, there are also options for watching the film at home beginning on the same...
A rare exhibition at London’s Asia House
By Roger Williams | May 6, 2016
, the current, free exhibition at Asia House, recalls a time a hundred years or more ago when women of Central Asia were adorned with an armoury of jewellery. The 60 pieces in a dozen glass cases are part of a thousand items collected over the past 20 years...
Exhibitions, History, Textiles
Frieze New York, ‘Court and Cosmos’ and more
By Emma Harper | May 5, 2016
As one of the world’s art meccas, New York is always teeming with exhibitions, fairs and public art installations. This month a good number of the thousands of works on display are by artists from Turkey, both present and past. So lace up your trainers, because we’re traipsing around the...
Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Islamic Art, News
Cevdet Erek will represent Turkey at the 2017 Venice Biennale
By Emma Harper | May 1, 2016
Turn almost anywhere in the Turkish art world – whether biennials, group exhibitions at major art institutions or small collaborative projects – and you’ll find Cevdet Erek and his stirring experimentations with sound, space and rhythm. So it was no surprise when the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV)...
Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, News
Four extraordinary exhibitions in Beyoğlu
By Emma Harper | April 26, 2016
Over the next few months Istanbul’s galleries and museums are pulling out all the stops before the summer exodus. The following exhibitions in Beyoğlu are particularly exciting, and, as a bonus, they can be visited during the course of one day. Once you’ve had your Turkish coffee and some sustaining börek
Architecture, Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, History