‘Isabel Muñoz: A New Story’ captures the enigma of Göbeklitepe
By Mina Turunç | July 26, 2023
Towering monoliths in contrasting shades of black and white make for an intimidating atmosphere at the Pera Museum’s latest exhibition, Isabel Muñoz: A New Story.
Spanning two floors of the museum, it displays the Spanish photographer’s journey through the ancient ruins of southeastern Turkey, where she photographed, at the museum's suggestion,...
Exhibitions, Highlights Turkey
The Erimtan Archeological Museum turns an unflinching eye on the terminal consequences of modernity
By Mina Turunç | July 6, 2023
At first glance, Where Are We?
) appears out of place in an archaeology museum. The Erimtan Archaeology and Arts Museum’s first two floors are occupied by the permanent collection, laden with ancient objects recovered from the Hittite, Urartu, Assyrian, Achaemenid and Byzantine sites. Delicate ceramic fragments, votive statues and white-washed...
Contemporary Art, Exhibitions
A play of fragility and strength
By Monica Fritz | June 10, 2022
Don't miss the last days of 'Billur', Yasemin Aslan Bakiri's Glass Art exhibition in Nevmekan Selimiye. The show has been prolonged till June 20 and is well worth the ferry ride over. Intricately crafted kaftans woven with metals and glass hang in Sultan Selim III's historic hamam, now a library,...
Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Highlights Turkey
Little Amal, a young refugee, embarks on a remarkable journey
By Claire McIntosh | August 8, 2021
Seeing a 3.5 meter tall puppet of a little girl, making her way down the street, or out of the window of a car on the way to work, would certainly turn heads. Thus is the goal of Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson. Created by the minds of the Good...
Exhibitions, Fundraiser, Good causes, Highlights Turkey, Highlights Around The World
Turhan Selçuk smiles satirically, almost vaguely, and you find yourself joining him – Yaşar Kemal
By Luke Frostick | July 12, 2019
And that, as the great novelist said, is what great art is about. Minimalism is the key to Turhan Selçuk’s art – his drawings all bold black lines and harsh angles. However, as is so often the case with the best artists, simplicity can be deceptive. His torpedo passing through...
Exhibitions, Fine Art, Literature
Jamie Leptien on the Pera Museum’s homage to Parajanov
By Jamie Leptien | February 9, 2019
Sergei Parajanov’s ‘Repentance (Variations on themes by Pinturicchio and Raphael)’, 1989 (courtesy of the Pera Museum)
Occupying the fourth and fifth floors of Istanbul’s Pera Museum until March 17, Parajanov with Sarkis
Exhibitions, Film, Where the Art is
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...
Contemporary Art, Exhibitions
‘Shah Abbas’ Gifts to the Serenissima’ exhibition
By Cornucopia UK | March 19, 2014
A fascinating exhibition on display at the Chamber of the Scrutinio in the Doge’s Palace in Venice traces the history of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Venice and the Safavid Persia under the rule of Shah Abbas the Great (1587–1629). The show specifically highlights the gifts exchanged between the two powers...
Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Fine Art, History, Islamic Art
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...
Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, News