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The Event of a Thread

Global Narratives in Textiles

February 22, 2019 – July 7, 2019

Istanbul Modern Temporary Space, Meşrutiyet Caddesi No. 99, Beyoğlu, Istanbul


The Istanbul Modern presents an exhibition that delves into textile as a tool of artistic expression, featuring objects, paintings, installations, archive materials, and video works from 25 international contemporary artists. They create aesthetic and cultural narratives through their work.

Organised in collaboration with Germany’s Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, this exhibition began in Dresden and continued to Kuwait before arriving in Istanbul, and has picked up contributions from each stop along the way thanks to local curators.

The show explores historical, social and cultural meanings of fabrics, drawing connections between different textures and techniques.

The Event of a Thread features work from Belkıs Balpınar, Ulla von Brandenburg, Hussein Chalayan, Burhan Doğançay, Noa Eshkol, Andreas Exner, Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu, Uli Fischer, Şakir Gökçebağ, Zille Homma Hamid, Heide Hinrichs, Olaf Holzapfel, Gözde İlkin, Christa Jeitner, Elisa van Joolen & Vincent Vulsma, Gülsün Karamustafa, Servet Koçyiğit, Eva Meyer & Eran Schaerf, Karen Michelsen Castañón, İrfan Önürmen, Judith Raum, Sabire Susuz and Franz Erhard Walther.


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