Turks rule at this year’s Venice Film Festival

By Victoria Khroundina | August 18, 2015

Turkish cinema is going from strength to strength year in, year out – and with the recent announcement of this year’s Venice International Film Festival competition entrants and jury members, it looks like things are about to get even rosier. The first piece of exciting news is that Turkey’s prime...
Posted in Film, News

Star gazing

By Victoria Khroundina | August 12, 2015

Tonight the Istanbul Modern will hold a special event to watch the annual August Perseid meteor shower. Every year, from around July 17 to August 24, Earth crosses the orbital path of the Comet Swift-Tuttle (rediscovered in 1992), the parent of the Perseid meteor shower. The debris will slam into...
Posted in Museums, Nature, News

A painterly tribute to Gezi

By Victoria Khroundina | July 28, 2015

On display until the end of summer is a 50-square metre painting paying tribute to the Gezi protests. It was on display on the terrace of the Istanbul Chamber of Architects in Karaköy until the end of June and will be shown in Kadıköy throughout August (watch this space for an update of the location)....
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, News, Gezi Protests

Young architects wow Istanbullus and visitors with a new installation

‘All That is Solid’ opens at the Istanbul Modern courtyard

By Victoria Khroundina | June 12, 2015

Earlier this week, Istanbul Modern’s Young Architects Programme (YAP) unveiled an incredible new work by its 2014–15 finalists. The setting up of the temporary structure ‘All That is Solid’ was finished on Wednesday – and it was worth the wait. The installation is wonderfully bright, colourful, majestic, a delight for...
Posted in Architecture, Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Modern Art, Museums, News

News for arts practitioners

Open call for American Turkish Society grants


The American Turkish Society (ATS) is now accepting submissions for two excellent funding opportunities/awards for artists/those working in the arts. Young photographers can apply for the 2015 Young Photographers Award before the end of this month. The Award has been given annually since 2010 by Haluk Soykan, who funds the...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Modern Art, News, Photography

An extraordinary portfolio

By Julie Witford | May 27, 2015

At HALI at the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair – taking place between June 18 and 28 – Cornucopia will unveil an extraordinary ethnographical portfolio published by Annette and Volker Rautenstengel. Following their in-depth studies of Central Asian nomadic textiles, the Rautenstengels, with the help of Peter Alford Andrews (recipient of...
Posted in Books, History, News, Photography, Textiles, Travel

Doco sheds light on Istanbul’s activist youth

By Victoria Khroundina | May 21, 2015

In 2013, the revered pop culture/music channel MTV launched a new series of documentaries, entitled Rebel Music. The idea behind the series was to highlight stories of young fearless musicians and artists around the world who are rising up against oppression in their respective countries. The series had its premiere last...
Posted in Film, News, Gezi Protests

Olympia beckons

HALI at the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair


For those with happy memories of the glory days of the Hali Fair at Olympia, it is good to see the venerable rug magazine HALI making a return to the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair this summer with a select group of international antique rug and textile dealers (June...
Posted in News, Textiles

News for aspiring opera singers

The 8th Leyla Gencer Voice Competition

By Victoria Khroundina | May 14, 2015

There's just two more weeks to apply for this edition of the Leyla Gencer Voice Competition. Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) and the Accademia Teatro alla Scala – and named after the first lady of Turkish opera, the late Leyla Gencer – the competition is...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Opera, News

The human face of war

Gallipoli Art Prize

By Victoria Khroundina | April 23, 2015

The very first blog I wrote for Cornucopia two years ago was on the Gallipoli Art Prize. And now on the Gallipoli Campaign’s centenary and the prize’s tenth and final instalment, it feels fitting and somehow bitter-sweet to report on it again.  The winner and runners-up were announced yesterday. There...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Fine Art, History, News

The writing on the stone

‘A Gigantic Jigsaw Puzzle: The Epicurean Inscription of Diogenes of Oinoanda’

By Victoria Khroundina | April 16, 2015

Archaelogy lovers, this might be of interest. We received an email from Professor Martin Ferguson Smith via the Anglo-Turkish Society alerting us that a short film shot at the archaeological site of Oinoanda (close to Fethiye) is now available to watch on YouTube (where would we be without it). ‘Oinoanda’s...
Posted in Archaeology, History, News

The dust bites another one

The ongoing destruction of Turkey’s coastline

By Victoria Khroundina | April 9, 2015

Another beauty spot that was. Photos this morning from an activist Facebook site (one the authorities would no doubt love to shut down). They show the ongoing destruction of Güvercinlik Cove on the Bodrum peninsula. Eight years ago, a fire swept through the area in suspicious circumstances, destroying acres of...
Posted in Nature, News, Travel

News for artists

Study and exhibit art in New York

By Victoria Khroundina | March 5, 2015

Turkish artists take note: applications are now being accepted for the School of Visual Arts (SVA) Summer Residency Programme, which takes place between June 1 and July 2, 2015 in New York. Sponsored by the Moon and Stars Project of the American Turkish Society (which also supports young artists through...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, News

‘Building Wonders’: Haghia Sophia

A new documentary featuring Robert Ousterhout

By Victoria Khroundina | February 24, 2015

Readers in the US, a treat is coming to your TV screens this Wednesday (February 25). Providence Pictures is releasing the third installment in its Building Wonders series. The first, on the Colosseum, aired on February 11, the second on Petra aired on February 18, and the third, entitled Hagia Sophia –...
Posted in Film, News

Learn Ottoman and Turkish this summer

By Victoria Khroundina | February 13, 2015

In addition to its two regular summer programmes, the Research Centre for Anatolian Civilisation (RCAC) is introducing a brand-new programme this year.  The Summer Programme for Ottoman and Turkish will run from July 6 to August 13, 2015 from RCAC’s Galatasaray venue. This intensive programme is open to graduate students...
Posted in History, News

Call for applications: 2015 Arif Mardin Music Fellowship

Deadline: March 1, 2015

By Victoria Khroundina | February 10, 2015

It’s the time of year again when applications are being accepted for the Arif Mardin Music Fellowship. Launched in 2007 by The American Turkish Society (ATS) in memory of the world-renowned producer Arif Mardin (1932–2006) – who was also the Vice Chairman of the ATS for many years – the Fellowship aims...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, News

The Meral Divitçi Prize for Turkish Poetry in Translation

Entries now open

By Victoria Khroundina | February 6, 2015

Established to encourage translation of modern and contemporary Turkish poetry into English, submissions are now being accepted for the 2015 Meral Divitçi Prize for Turkish Poetry in Translation.  Organised within the scope of the Seventh Annual Nâzım Hikmet Poetry Festival, which will be held on Sunday, April 26 at Page-Walker Arts and History Center...
Posted in Literature, News

A visual history of Islam

The Art Institute of Chicago’s stunning new Islamic art galleries

By Victoria Khroundina | January 14, 2015

Exciting news out of the US just as 2014 came to a close, with the Art Institute of Chicago announcing the opening of its new galleries for Islamic art, which means the museum’s sumptuous collection is on display for the first time since 2012. There will be a number of...
Posted in Architecture, Exhibitions, History, Islamic Art, Museums, News

News for filmmakers

By Victoria Khroundina | January 8, 2015

The Meetings on the Bridge programme, part of the 34th Istanbul Film Festival, is offering some exciting opportunities for emerging filmmakers.  The application deadline for the Film Development Workshop, to be held April 15–16, 2015, has been extended to Thursday, January 15. The workshop will train directors, screenwriters and producers...
Posted in Film, News

The year that was…in pictures

By Victoria Khroundina | December 31, 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, I take a look at the year that was. In January, we announced that the Ancient & Modern award for original research has gone to Dr Peter Andrews (76), doyen of Asian tent studies, with Harriet Rix (23) taking the Godfrey Goodwin prize. Above,...
Posted in Archaeology, Architecture, Contemporary Art, Design, Exhibitions, Film, History, Museums, Nature, News, Gezi Protests, Photography, Sport
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