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Marina Abramović

By Thomas Roueché | March 18, 2020


Marina Abramović is one of the world’s most famous living artists. Her iconic 2010 retrospective at MoMA in New York, The Artist Is Present, is perhaps one of the best-known exhibitions of the past decade; one of very few that can be said to achieve such a level of fame....
Posted in Contemporary Art

The wit to woo

The Istanbul Art and Antiques Fair is back, and a good thing too

By Cornucopia Connoisseur | February 22, 2020


Back in the naughty 90s, the Istanbul antiques fair was a highlight of the Istanbul arts calendar. Çigdem Simavi's Küsav foundation served up a brilliant blend of high art and high society, most memorably in the Armoury of Yıldız Palace. It was a mix of the flash and the famous,...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Fine Art

Art on the streets

A Conversation With Ill

By Evin Ashley Erdoğdu | December 22, 2018


All photos copyright Evin Ashley Erdoğdu and used wıth permission Thousands of years ago, our paleolithic ancestors had the impulse to create art, adorning the Lascaux cave walls in paintings of animals, human figures and abstract signs. Their art remains on those walls today, marking the birth of the human...
Posted in Contemporary Art

The Seventh Continent

By Emily Arauz | December 13, 2018


On December 11 the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) announced the title and theme of the 16th Istanbul Biennial: The Seventh Continent. Nicolas Bourriaud, curator of the upcoming biennial, described the inspiration for the exhibition and title at a press conference held at the Lycée Français Privé Saint-Joseph...
Posted in Contemporary Art

The secret life of Singapore

A visual exploration of the lesser known

By Suraya Yusof | May 29, 2018


A stone's throw away from the bustle of Istiklal Caddesi, the Pera Museum nestles among the ivory façades of Tepebaşı. With its dual focus on historical and contemporary art, the museum has embarked on a series of international collaborations since its inauguration 13 years ago. Memorable shows included Andy Warhol:...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Photography

Back to the wall: Belkıs Balpınar and the evolution of the modern kilim

By Monica Fritz | May 6, 2018


Are kilims artisan throw rugs or woven art? No one is better placed to answer this than Belkis Balpınar. Former director of the  Vakiflar Carpet and Kilim Museum in Istanbul, she has continued for decades to champion the Turkish flatweave and to raise it, literally, to another dimension. Belkıs Balpınar's...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Textiles

Portrait of an artist: Mike Berg

By Monica Fritz | March 30, 2018


Mike Berg arrived in Istanbul shortly after the 1999 earthquake. However, our conversation started with a passionate description of his ranch and the peacefulness he felt in total silence. Mike Berg, gouache, 2018 A father of four and newly a grandfather, Berg delights in moving between his three worlds, a...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Design

Where feelings fly low

Hale Tanger’s ‘Under’ and other highlights on Alserkal Avenue

By Tim Cornwell | March 24, 2018


The first impression of Under, the Dubai art installation created by the Turkish artist Hale Tenger, and her long-time collaborator musician Serdar Ateşer, is that someone has put a tree in a box. The box in question lies in Alserkal Avenue, a striking but treeless zone of leading Middle Eastern...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions

“I’m Shocked But I’m Not Surprised” - Ekin Saçlıoğlu at X-ist

By Cornucopia TR | February 18, 2011

(Ekin Saçlıoğlu, Coelocanth (To Be Assumed Nonexistent For 65 Million Years), 2011) Until 19 March, X-ist will be showing works by new Turkish artist Ekin Saçlıoğlu. Bright, visually arresting compositions are the order of the day here, but the paintings are not terribly exciting. Extremely decorative and eye-catching, but they...
Posted in Contemporary Art

Turkish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale: Ayşe Erkmen

By Cornucopia TR | February 16, 2011


It was recently announced that that Ayşe Erkmen has been chosen by IKSV to represent Turkey at the 54th Venice Biennale later this year (June 4 - November 27, 2011). Erkmen was chosen by the curator Fulya Erdemci; Erkmen and Erdemci will collaborate with curator Danae Mossman and industrial designer...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, News

‘Hotel Sarkis’

By Cornucopia TR | February 15, 2011

From 16 February until 8 May, the Mamco modern and contemporary art museum in Geneva will be hosting a retrospective by conceptual artist Sarkis. Unusually for this venue, all four floors have been given over to a single exhibition, but this is no normal show. Of the two hundred or...
Posted in Contemporary Art

Ayşe Erkmen talk at Arter

By Cornucopia TR | February 10, 2011

 On 11 February, as part of the series of talks being given by artists featured in their Second Exhibition, Arter will be hosting Ayşe Erkmen. Her eye-catching piece J, K, & H (above), which fills the windows of the Beyoğlu gallery, will be the focus of the lecture. A site-specific...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Talks and Lectures

Ali Kazma at Arter

By Cornucopia TR | February 8, 2011

This coming Saturday, artist Ali Kazma will be giving a talk at Arter, İstiklal's largest and most visible art space. His O.K. is one of the highlights of Arter's"Second Exhibition", which will run until 27 February. The talk will cover his artistic practices, the Obstructions series and the production process...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Talks and Lectures

Study art in New York

By Cornucopia TR | February 7, 2011

The Moon and Stars Project, the Turkish Cultural Foundation and the School of Visual Arts will be offering one lucky individual the chance to study and exhibit in New York this summer. From 31 May to 1 July, the winner will work in a private Manhattan studio, have their work...
Posted in Contemporary Art

“New Landscapes” - Yao Lu at Istanbul Modern

By Cornucopia TR | February 2, 2011

(Yao Lu, Early Spring on lake Dong Ting, 2008) Until 22 May, Istanbul Modern will be displaying 31 works by Chinese photographer Yao Lu, including 11 created exclusively for this exhibition. These images are at first almost indistinguishable from classical Chinese landscape paintings, but on closer inspection it quickly becomes...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Photography

“The Relationship between Contemporary Art and Culture and Islam” - talk at the Kunsthalle Wien

By Cornucopia TR | January 27, 2011

(Feridun Zaimoğlu, The Third Turkish Siege of Vienna, 2005) Here's one for any Viennese Arts Diary followers. On 28 January, the Kunsthalle Wien will be hosting a 'kulturtalk' around contemporary art and culture and Islam, featuring Turkish-born poet and visual artist Feridun Zaimoğlu alongside artist Olaf Metzel, architect Golmar Kempinger-Khatibi...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Talks and Lectures

Islamic and Indian Art sale at Bonhams Knightsbridge

By Cornucopia TR | January 5, 2011

On 19 January, Bonhams will be holding an auction of Islamic and Indian art, including thirty lots of contemporary Middle Eastern and South Asian art, at their Knightsbridge branch. Covering a wide range of materials and cultures, ranging from eighth century Persia to modern-day India, via Mamluk Egypt, Ottoman Turkey...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Islamic Art

“Here but Where” at Galeri Non

By Cornucopia TR | January 5, 2011

Following the polemical rough-and-tumble of their recent Extrastruggle show, Galeri Non have come up with something a little more understated. "Here but Where" is a gentle, delicate show, with no apparent aim other than to make the viewer think more about what they see, and how they see it. The...
Posted in Contemporary Art
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