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On Botany

January 21, 2017 – March 15, 2017

Blok Art Space, Faik Paşa Caddesi No. 22 D. 2, Beyoğlu, Istanbul


This group exhibition brings together ten artists who explore the intersection of botany and art. Their work raises questions about plant biology, plant geometry, the aesthetics of nature, the healing powers of plants, and plant evolution.

Touching on a wide variety of topics, from extraterrestrial plants to local plants on the verge of extinction, the exhibition aims to expand the borders that define botany, a science that can be traced back to Dioscorides’s first-century work on Anatolian and Mediterranean plants titled De Materia Medica.

The following artists are featured: Ali Taptık, Ayşe Gül Süter & Dr Joseph DeGiorgis, Gözde Becerikli, Işık Güner, İsmail Eğler, Macoto Murayama, Melike Kılıç, Paula Doepfner and Sadık Arı.

We at Cornucopia have long had a bee in our bonnet about botany, so we’re eagerly awaiting the opening of this exhibition. If you’d like to read some of the work we’ve published on the topic, pick up a copy of Cornucopia 38, in which the botanist Martyn Rix wrote an article about George Maw and his magnificent book on crocuses, or Cornucopia 13, an entire issue dedicated to Turkish gardens.


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