Weekend gallery guide: behind closed doors

Open Studio Days Istanbul allows the public to peek into the studios of local artists

By Emma Harper | October 6, 2016


No artist is an island. Open Studio Days Istanbul (Açık Stüdyo Günleri), which runs from October 7–9, makes certain of that. The three-day event creates an opportunity for the denizens of Istanbul to visit artists’ studios and non-commercial artist collectives that are normally off-limits. Artists directly connect not only with...
Posted in Contemporary Art, News

Rewarding reads: September 2016

Çatalhöyük finds, Thracian melodies and Tombili the cat (RIP)

By Emma Harper | October 5, 2016


‘Rewarding reads’ is a new feature on the Cornucopia blog. At the end of each month, we’ll highlight some of our favourite Turkey-related articles and news titbits that we read over the course of the month. In Discover magazine, Jennifer Hattam elucidates the new techniques utilised by archaeologists and researchers...
Posted in Archaeology, Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, History, Museums, News

Weekend gallery guide: Istanbul Gallery Weekend

It’s not all doom and gloom in the Istanbul art world

By Emma Harper | September 28, 2016


We can all agree that it’s been a rough year in Turkey. Yet despite rampant uncertainty about the future and the overall gloomy mood, the inaugural Istanbul Gallery Weekend has given us something to smile about. Running from September 30 until October 2, the event will see extended opening hours...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions

Weekend gallery guide: in situ street art

What’s on in Istanbul over the weekend of September 24–25

By Emma Harper | September 22, 2016


Street art should be seen in the street. Much as I love galleries, I'd suggest taking advantage of the brilliant blue skies and cooler temperatures in Istanbul this weekend to get outdoors and roam the backstreets of Kadıköy for glimpses of some truly spectacular new street art in its natural...
Posted in Contemporary Art

Weekend gallery guide: digital detritus and youthful encounters

What’s on in Istanbul over the weekend of September 17–18

By Emma Harper | September 15, 2016


The Pera Museum is not afraid to play around. The two exhibitions that opened last week illustrate the museum’s desire to look towards the future and have some fun in the process. In Katherine Behar: Data Entry, the artist explores digital labour through sculpture, performance, video and writing, while Encounters...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Museums

Weekend gallery guide: late capitalism, meaningful architecture and genuine copies

What’s on in Istanbul over the weekend of September 10–11

By Emma Harper | September 8, 2016


Autumn is upon us, bringing with it a plethora of exhibition openings. This weekend we’re sticking close to Karaköy and Tophane for three shows that have opened in the past week. They range from historical explorations and site-specific installations to a more traditional solo showing. All three can be seen...
Posted in Architecture, Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, History

Weekend gallery guide: grids, rings and a lost empire

What’s on in Istanbul over the weekend of September 3–4

By Emma Harper | September 1, 2016


Istanbul can feel a bit barren in the summer. That feeling was amplified this year by the constant construction in Beyoğlu and the shuttering of countless shops on İstiklâl Caddesi. Yet a few cultural institutions and galleries have kept their doors open and their spaces filled with art and artefacts....
Posted in Archaeology, Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, History, Photography

Weekend gallery guide

What’s on in Istanbul over the weekend of August 20–21

By Emma Harper | August 18, 2016


Each Thursday on the Cornucopia blog we share our pick of exhibitions in Istanbul to visit over the coming weekend. Bomontiada is the place to be this summer. The former beer factory exudes an energy that’s been lacking in Beyoğlu. The complex is home to Babylon Bomonti, a slew of...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions

Weekend gallery guide

What’s on in Istanbul over the weekend of August 13–14

By Emma Harper | August 11, 2016


Each Thursday on the Cornucopia blog we share our pick of exhibitions in Istanbul to visit over the coming weekend. Living in Ortaköy, I jump at the chance to get away from the crowds. This week I'm sharing two places I often visit when I need a breather. The first...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions

Weekend gallery guide

What’s on in Istanbul over the weekend of August 6–7

By Emma Harper | August 4, 2016


Each Thursday on the Cornucopia blog we share our pick of exhibitions in Istanbul to visit over the coming weekend. This weekend we recommend a visit to two of Istanbul’s most venerable art institutions: the Pera Museum and ARTER. Mere blocks away from each other, the two museums often stage...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Modern Art

Weekend gallery guide

What’s on in Istanbul over the weeked of July 30–31

By Emma Harper | July 28, 2016


The weekend gallery guide is a new feature on the Cornucopia blog. Each Thursday we will share our pick of exhibitions in Istanbul to visit over the weekend.  Summer can be quiet in Istanbul, as many people submit to the siren call of the seaside and happily take their leave...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Photography

Opportunities for artists in the second half of 2016

Applications are open for the Moon and Stars Project grants and the Turkey–Scandinavia Connections 2016 residency programme

By The Cornucopia Blog | July 8, 2016


Editor’s note: The application deadline for the winter instalment of the Moon and Stars Project grants has been extended to August 31. When making plans for the autumn, artists would do well to consider the following two funding opportunities. The first is the winter 2016 instalment of the Moon...
Posted in Books, Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Music and Performing Arts, News, Photography

Bold strokes

The İnci Eviner Retrospective at Istanbul Modern exposes the artist’s unique visual language

By Emma Harper | July 2, 2016


I hear ‘Harem’, İnci Eviner’s 2009 single-channel video work currently on display at Istanbul Modern, before I see it. A large thunderclap reverberates across the exhibition space, followed in quick succession by the humdrum din of a crowd at work: coughing, papers being shuffled, a woman’s voice, the beat of...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Museums

Turkey’s humanity made transparent

Istanbul Modern opens a new photography exhibition ‘People Attract People’

By Emma Harper | June 2, 2016


From the mouth open wide in mid-guffaw to the two fingers softly securing a cigarette, Ozan Sağdıç’s 1961 photograph ‘Diplomats’ demonstrates how the human form can encompass just as wide and varied a topography as any landscape. Sağdıç is one of 80 photographers whose work is on display in Istanbul...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, History, Photography

Vinyl Icons

Persian Pop and Turkish Psychedelia

By Tim Cornwell | May 29, 2016


Once in a while a curator with instinct and particular passion hits a mark. In Vinyl Icons: Persian Pop and Turkish Psychedelia, staged in Newcastle, in the heart of Britain’s northeast, Sara Makari-Aghdam uses the work of five contemporary artists to construct a celebration and reflection of a permissive past...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Music and Performing Arts, Orientalism

Digging into the ‘Tables of Istanbul’

Zeynep Kılıç’s film explores Turkish cuisine in Istanbul

By Emma Harper | May 18, 2016


In the first few minutes of Zeynep Kılıç’s documentary film Tables of Istanbul (Sofra Sofra İstanbul), she recalls how, early in their relationship, her now husband, Wayne, joked that if they were ever to break up, he needed the rights to her red pepper paste. The rich, slightly spicy paste...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Film

Turkish art in the city that never sleeps

Frieze New York, ‘Court and Cosmos’ and more

By Emma Harper | May 5, 2016


As one of the world’s art meccas, New York is always teeming with exhibitions, fairs and public art installations. This month a good number of the thousands of works on display are by artists from Turkey, both present and past. So lace up your trainers, because we’re traipsing around the...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Islamic Art, News

Stirring sound installations

Cevdet Erek will represent Turkey at the 2017 Venice Biennale

By Emma Harper | May 1, 2016


Turn almost anywhere in the Turkish art world – whether biennials, group exhibitions at major art institutions or small collaborative projects – and you’ll find Cevdet Erek and his stirring experimentations with sound, space and rhythm. So it was no surprise when the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV)...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, News

Turkish homes, memorable scents and novel topographies

Four extraordinary exhibitions in Beyoğlu

By Emma Harper | April 26, 2016


Over the next few months Istanbul’s galleries and museums are pulling out all the stops before the summer exodus. The following exhibitions in Beyoğlu are particularly exciting, and, as a bonus, they can be visited during the course of one day. Once you’ve had your Turkish coffee and some sustaining börek,...
Posted in Architecture, Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, History

Past, present, future

A trio of contemporary art exhibitions in Istanbul examine Turkey throughout time

By Emma Harper | March 17, 2016


Delving into Turkey’s past, present and future is on the docket this month as we explore three exhibitions in Istanbul – truth be told, we like our art with a dash of history. First stop is The Empire Project in Cihangir to see Burhan Kum’s solo show Unofficial (ending April 23)....
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, History
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