The landmark exhibition ‘Feyhaman Duran: Between Two Worlds’ opens at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum
By Emma Harper | January 18, 2017
When surveying the life of Feyhaman Duran, one of Turkey’s most beloved painters and the father of Turkish portraiture, it’s clear that the artist had many admirable attributes: he valued integrity above financial gain, practiced moderation and treated his students at the Academy of Fine Arts with kindness and respect....
Exhibitions, History, Modern Art
Submissions for the 9th Nâzim Hikmet Poetry Competition due January 15
By Emma Harper | January 10, 2017
Calling all poets: the 9th Nâzim Hikmet Poetry Competition, organised as a tribute to the pre-eminent Turkish poet, is open for submissions. The competition and accompanying festival, held annually in the town of Cary, North Carolina, are proof that Nâzım Hikmet Ran, once a cult figure of the Communist world,...
Orientalist aesthetics, Black Sea shipwrecks and refugees in space
By Emma Harper | January 5, 2017
In this blog series, we highlight some of our favourite Turkey-related articles and news titbits that we've read and listened to over the past month (or two, in this case).
The Ottoman History Podcast began as a modest experiment in 2011, but has since grown into a vast digital resource...
Archaeology, Contemporary Art, History, News, Photography, Travel
Tolga Örnek’s masterful documentary ‘Gallipoli’ screened at the Heart of Hawick cinema
By Julie Witford | December 23, 2016
The tragedy of the Gallipoli campaign was felt across the world, and not least in the small town of Hawick in the Scottish Borders. By the time the fighting had subsided in 1916, Hawick and the surrounding area had suffered 132 dead, 84 of them in one day alone. That infamous...
Film, History, News
Applications due January 7, 2017
By Cornucopia Arts Diary | December 20, 2016
The British Institute at Ankara (BIAA) is currently accepting applications for the position of London Manager. This opportunity may be a good fit for a Cornucopia
reader, as the ideal candidate would have some knowledge of Turkey and the academic disciplines within the remit of the Institute. Founded in 1948,...
Cornucopia Marketplace is now selling handcrafted NYKS candles
By Emma Harper | December 16, 2016
A candle in the window is a favourite Christmas tradition of mine. There’s something about a flickering light that alleviates the winter doldrums. So as the days grew shorter in Istanbul, I found myself searching for candles to brighten up the dark nights. My hunt led me to NYKS, a...
Design, News, Shopping
Hacer Sayman is breathing new life into a Beyoğlu side street with her design boutique, antique shop and café
By Emma Harper | December 13, 2016
Hacer Sayman has a soft spot for neglected buildings. In a city like Istanbul, where historic structures are more likely to be demolished and replicated than conserved, her willingness to pour money into restoration projects is something of an anomaly. But it has served the community well: the beautiful old...
Architecture, Culinary Arts, Design, Fine Art, Islamic Art, Shopping
Elmgreen & Dragset announce the theme of the 15th Istanbul Biennial
By Emma Harper | December 7, 2016
Pinpointing the qualities of a good komşu
(neighbour) is far from an exact science. It comes down to what an individual values: one person may prefer a neighbour who leaves them alone, while another wants someone to cook them food when they’re sick. The 15th Istanbul Biennial, curated by the...
Contemporary Art, News
Get in the festive spirit at one of Istanbul’s holiday markets
By Emma Harper | November 30, 2016
The holiday season is upon us, which in Istanbul means preparations for the New Year. Conveniently, Yılbaşı
(New Year) celebrations in Turkey have all the trappings of Christmas, including decorated fir trees, turkey dinners and even gifts from Noel Baba
(Father Noel, otherwise known as Santa Claus). Another Christmas tradition...
Byzantine and Ottoman ships revealed in Bulgarian waters
By Roger Williams | November 26, 2016
This is a photogrammetric image (©EEF/Black Sea MAP) of The Flower of the Black Sea
, an Ottoman ship that has been given her name because of the floral patterns found carved on her tiller. Nobody yet knows what she was carrying or where she was going when she sank off...
Archaeology, History, Nature, News
Istanbul this weekend (November 26–27)
By Emma Harper | November 24, 2016
When the French writer Théophile Gautier first arrived in Istanbul in the mid-19th century he chose a large pit in the middle of the street as his reference point. What was so memorable about this pit? At the bottom of it, ‘a large, aggressive dog was suckling her pups in...
Exhibitions, History, Photography
Guest workers, Turkish humorists and Byzantine acoustics
By Emma Harper | November 21, 2016
‘Rewarding reads’ is a new feature on the Cornucopia blog. In this series, we highlight some of our favourite Turkey-related articles and news titbits that we've read over the past month.
Kornelia Binicewicz is at it again, filing more gaps in the history of the Turkish music industry (she previously...
Books, Contemporary Art, Design, Exhibitions, History, Literature, Music and Performing Arts, News
By Cornucopia | November 15, 2016
Andrew Wilson, Professor of the Archaeology of the Roman Empire at Oxford, will be speaking on Monday 28 November at Daunt Books in Marylebone High Street at 6.30 for 7 pm. His talk will focus on recent discoveries at the South Agora of Aphrodisias where he directs the archaeological work....
Archaeology, Fundraiser, Talks and Lectures
By Tony Barrell | November 15, 2016
An exciting new piece of music receives its world premiere this Thursday, November 17. A lucky audience in London will be the first to hear The Snowman Rhapsody
, composed by Howard Blake. The rhapsody is a major elaboration on the composer’s much-loved music for The Snowman
– now a widely...
Fundraiser, Music and Performing Arts, Jazz
The 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial aims high, but falls short
By Emma Harper | November 13, 2016
When the Transparent Man first visited Turkey in 1938, residents of Istanbul and Izmir flocked to see the life-sized model of a man whose transparent plastic skin reveals the secret interior of a human body: the spatial relationship between the organs and the skeleton, the snaking structures of the circulatory...
Archaeology, Design, Exhibitions
By John Scott | November 11, 2016
It was with enormous sadness that we learned of the passing of the great Byzantine historian Anthony Bryer. The funeral service was held yesterday at St Peter's Church, Harborne, in Birmingham. Professor Emeritus of Byzantine Studies at the University of Birmingham, or simply Bryer, as he was known to all,...
Charity runners raise funds to protect the habitat of the threatened Imperial Eagle
By Emma Harper | November 9, 2016
Imperial Eagle chicks hatch in hundreds of locations in Anatolia and Thrace every year. As the late Alice Carswell wrote in her article ‘Birds of Paradise’, Turkey is one of the few countries in Europe where the Imperial Eagle can still be spotted. Yet these majestic birds are far from...
How to have a howling time at Contemporary Istanbul 2016
By Emma Harper | November 1, 2016
Anticipation has been building for Contemporary Istanbul. After the cancellation of this year's edition of ArtInternational, the major international art fair in Istanbul, Contemporary Istanbul is once again the only show in town. In previous years the two fairs have vied for galleries, collectors and punters, as Tim Cornwell wrote...
Contemporary Art, Modern Art, Travel
Rhythmic loops, repetition, piano, drums… Mammal Hands at Salon IKSV on Thursday had Emma Harper experiencing déjà vu
By Emma Harper | October 31, 2016
Two years ago the Mancunian trio GoGo Penguin hypnotised the audience at Salon IKSV with a mix of jazz and trance. Replace the bass with a saxophone, and you’ve got another group from England, Mammal Hands. The comparisons go beyond sound. Both bands let the music do the talking, keeping...
Music and Performing Arts, Jazz
Istanbul this weekend (October 29–30)
By Emma Harper | October 27, 2016
This weekend the spotlight is on Art on a Card, an exhibition at CIRCUIT in Kadıköy. Thirteen Istanbul-based artists, Turkish and foreign, have been invited to created a set of five postcards. A limited number will be available to buy on Friday night and Saturday afternoon, when many of the...
Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Photography