An ode to old love

Hasan Deniz’s photography exhibition at Millî Reasürans Gallery

By Victoria Khroundina | April 17, 2014

The Millî Reasürans Gallery in Maçka is hosting an exhibition of gorgeous photographs by the Turkish artist Hasan Deniz until April 26. ‘These photographs are the memories of my life,’ says Deniz. ‘They are always taken spontaneously.’ With his work, Deniz strives to achieve a sense of timelessness and spacelessness...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Photography

Going to the dogs

‘Taşkafa, Stories of the Street’ at the Alchemy Film Festival

By Tim Cornwell | April 16, 2014

Hawick, a town of 15,000 souls deep in the Scottish Borders, is not exactly the place you’d expect to encounter the street dogs of Istanbul. But for the last year the German director Andrea Luka Zimmerman has been doggedly touring her film, Taşkafa: Stories of the Street – in which...
Posted in Film

Gallery walkabout: Karaköy

Learning about others by looking inside ourselves

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | April 14, 2014

This week we are in Karaköy for the second part of our two-part Karaköy/Tophane gallery walk. Karaköy is pretty much synonymous with the words ‘Istanbul art scene’ – the neighbourhood has come out of obscurity in the last ten years and, largely thanks to the opening of Istanbul Modern, has...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions

Monsters, madness and Marc Quinn

‘Sleep of Reason’ exhibition at ARTER

By Victoria Khroundina | April 13, 2014

It is surprising that Marc Quinn hasn’t exhibited in Turkey before – as one of the Young British Artists, Quinn’s poetic sculptures, paintings and drawings have earned him the tag of one of the leading artists of his generation since he came to prominence in the early 1990s. What isn’t...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions

The Orientalist’s brush

Highlights from the Sotheby’s Orientalist Sale 2014

By Tim Cornwell | April 11, 2014

It is quite hard to comprehend the extraordinary detail of the Orientalist Rudolf Weisse’s painting, The Palace Guard (above). The length of the Qajar helmet that sits on an embroidered cloth in the picture is about 10 cm, from the tip of its spike to the bottom edge of the...

For your viewing pleasure

33rd Istanbul Film Festival

By Victoria Khroundina | April 9, 2014

Roll up, roll up – Istanbul’s biggest film festival has landed. Beginning last Saturday (April 5) and lasting until Sunday April 20, almost 250 films will be screened from every corner of the globe as part of the 33rd Istanbul Film Festival. Still from ‘Frank’ The International Competition category is...
Posted in Film, Main Featured

Gallery walkabout: Tophane

Personal narratives, wider themes

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | April 7, 2014

We are concentrating on the galleries around the Tophane area this week, as part of our two-part Karaköy/Tophane gallery walk. We visit some of the younger galleries on the Istanbul art scene, which are all fittingly exhibiting solo shows of emerging Turkish artists. Most of the galleries are located on...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions

Stitching up the rug trade

The London Antique Rug and Textile Art Fair 2014

By Tim Cornwell | April 7, 2014

Embroidery was king at the London Antique Rug and Textile Art Fair (LARTA). If the middle market for traditional textiles and carpets is slow, auction prices for embroidery – typically silk on cotton, often from Uzbekistan – are running strong. Top of the line at LARTA was a dowry suzani (the...
Posted in Design, Islamic Art, News

Istanbul’s little shop of horrors

By Victoria Khroundina | April 5, 2014

Day by day, Istanbul looks more and more like a giant construction playground than a city whose history dates back 1500 years. With ever more narcissistic projects signed off by the bulldozer-happy Prime Minister Erdoğan, it is becoming increasingly hard to keep track of exactly what is going and what is...
Posted in Architecture, Culinary Arts, History, News, Gezi Protests

London’s Islamic Sales Week Spring 2014

By John Scott | April 5, 2014

London is awash with acquirable booty this week. Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Bonhams have set out stacks of gorgeous objets in anticipation of  Islamic sales week. All three are open for viewing on Sunday afternoon. SEVEN SALES IN FOUR DAYS   For viewing times see Events. Tuesday Bonhams kicks off with Islamic and Indian...

Small things big

The photography of Barbara and Zafer Baran

By Victoria Khroundina | April 3, 2014

Barbara and Zafer Baran’s retrospective exhibition at Istanbul Modern’s Photography Gallery presents a selection of works from 11 series completed by the couple between 1999 and 2013. The panoramic landscapes are nothing short of awe inspiring and the images in this blog really cannot do them justice. I strongly suggest...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Museums, Photography

The British Institute at Ankara study grants

Deadline extended until April 14, 2014

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | April 2, 2014

The deadline for applications for study grants given out by the British Institute at Ankara, one of the foreign schools and institutes supported by the British Academy, has been extended until April 14, 2014. Funds of up to £2,000 per year will be given out to successful applications wishing to...
Posted in History, News

The Crimean Memorial Lectures

By The Cornucopia Blog | April 1, 2014

Meanwhile, over at the British Consulate in Istanbul, the Crimean Memorial Lectures, a four-part lecture cycle to commemorate the First World War with local British and American historians, are bringing together an eclectic crowd under the chandeliers of Pera House's ballroom, and all for a good cause. The first lecture...

Gallery walkabout: Beyoğlu

Lines on a page

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | March 31, 2014

We continue our walk in Beyoğlu this week, concentrating on the area around Galatasaray, where some of our favourite galleries are showcasing solo exhibitions of Turkish and international artists. We also stop by at Akabank Sanat for an interesting group exhibition. Selçuk Artut, ‘Analog Pixels Sculpture’, vibration motors, stainless steel...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions


By Cornucopia Blog | March 28, 2014

We apologise to readers if YouTube links in the Cornucopia blog and events pages lead nowhere. This is due to the widely publicised nationwide blocking of YouTube in Turkey ahead of the March 30 local elections (see the Guardian, and the Financial Times). Waters have been further calmed by a ban on...
Posted in News

Digging up history

By Victoria Khroundina | March 27, 2014

The current exhibition at the Research Centre for Anatolian Civilisations (RCAC) – as is often the case with the Centre’s exhibitions – offers a fascinating glimpse into a unique part of Turkey’s history. The exhibition presents excavation photographs which tell the story of how archaeologists unearthed findings from the most...
Posted in Exhibitions, History, Photography

Dancing in protest

How to save Istanbul

By John Scott | March 25, 2014

This little dance film by the Gezi Park Arts Collective says it all, with the wit and feeling the Gezi movement does so well. The film begins and ends in Taksim Square. Everywhere is ‘earmarked’. Is there no way of stopping the destruction? ‘Rebel, rebel,’ urges the brief voice over...

Gallery walkabout: Beyoğlu

Manipulation, movement and mining

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | March 24, 2014

We are back in the beating heart of Istanbul’s centre – Beyoğlu – where some exemplary galleries and museums are hosting intriguing group and solo shows spanning the mediums of painting, photography and performance art. Exhibition view showing (left to right): Ceylan Öztürk, ‘Untitled’, 2014, installation, various sizes; Sevgi Kesmen,...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, History, Museums, Photography

A really good spring clean

How they are getting rid of Florya’s century-old trees

By Cornucopia Blog | March 24, 2014

Who cares about the coming local elections! Much overrated things, especially if you know that everything is nicely stitched up. So just as the house martins chirrup their way back to their old Istanbul haunts (a sign that spring has truly arrived), only one day after World Forestry Day, Istanbul’s...

Rigoletto in Naples 1924 (Ankara Opera)

A personal opinion

By Haluk Direskeneli | March 24, 2014

Money doesn’t buy everything, but it can buy you an opera ticket, and when Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto was staged six times as part of Ankara State Opera’s 2013–14 season, I was there to see all six performances. Opera critics in Turkey are expected to be graduates of the conservatory and...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Opera
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