From Istanbul to Sharjah and back again

The cities’ artistic ties are on display at the 13th Sharjah Biennial

By Emma Harper | April 4, 2017

Istanbul is making quite the splash at the 13th Sharjah Biennial, which opened on March 10 and will run until June 12. Out of the four artists awarded the 2017 Sharjah Biennial Prize, two – İnci Eviner and Walid Siti – are represented by Istanbul-based galleries (Galeri Nev Istanbul and...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Film, Music and Performing Arts, Talks and Lectures

Aphrodisias: a pleasure garden unearthed

By Cornucopia | November 15, 2016

Andrew Wilson, Professor of the Archaeology of the Roman Empire at Oxford, will be speaking on Monday 28 November at Daunt Books in Marylebone High Street at 6.30 for 7 pm. His talk will focus on recent discoveries at the South Agora of Aphrodisias where he directs the archaeological work....
Posted in Archaeology, Fundraiser, Talks and Lectures

Magic carpet ride

The inaugural Istanbul Carpet Conference took us on a trip from Anatolian ‘cult kilims’ to contemporary carpet design

By Emma Harper | October 9, 2016

‘Come on down!’ bellowed the exuberant MC at last week’s Istanbul Carpet Conference. It was at this moment, which came after the slick opening video and intervals of thumping music, but before any speakers had taken the stage, that I wondered whether I had mistakenly wandered onto a game show...
Posted in Design, History, Islamic Art, Talks and Lectures, Textiles

Turkey’s lost ships

How Britain commandeered two dreadnoughts

By Roger Williams | July 1, 2016

The trigger that caused Turkey to be dragged unwillingly into the First World War was when Germany, unbidden, sent two battleships to replace two dreadnoughts that Britain had confiscated. Details of the events and the diplomatic exchanges between Russia, Constantinople and London that led to this historic moment lie in...
Posted in History, Talks and Lectures

Deciphering Islamic geometric design

Workshops and lectures with the artist and educator Eric Broug

By Emma Harper | January 21, 2016

As an Istanbullu, it’s easy to take the breathtaking beauty of Islamic geometric designs for granted. To start, many of the city’s architectural gems highlight Ottoman decorative arts that are more floral than geometric in design. As John Carswell wrote about the venerable Rüstem Pasha Mosque and its paradise garden...
Posted in Architecture, Islamic Art, Talks and Lectures

Black Week makes you ask ‘Whodunnit?’

By Emma Harper | October 21, 2015

Black Week. It sounds sinister, doesn’t it? While not exactly as evil as it sounds, this literary festival in honour of Agatha Christie (it would have been her 125th birthday on September 15) does celebrate the murders, the crimes, the twisted plots that make murder-mystery writing one of the most...
Posted in Books, Talks and Lectures

‘Images of the Other’ conference: an overview

By Victoria Khroundina | September 5, 2014

A fascinating conference took place this week exploring how cities are perceived through imagery. Scholars, architects, photographers, writers, artists and film-makers convened in a spacious and acoustically pleasing room at the sumptuous Austro-Hungarian embassy in Yeniköy, on the European shore of the Bosphorus. The conference, entitled ‘Images of the Other’,...
Posted in Architecture, Books, Contemporary Art, Film, Fine Art, History, Literature, News, Photography, Talks and Lectures

Ottoman Topologies: a conference

Spatial Experience in an Early Modern Empire and Beyond


If in the Stanford area, an interesting conference will take place the weekend after next (May 16–17) at Stanford University. Ottoman Topologies will explore spatial experience in the early Ottoman Empire. On May 16, papers and discussions relating to Imagining, Mapping and Building Space will be concentrated on. The following...
Posted in Architecture, History, Islamic Art, News, Talks and Lectures

What’s next for Turkey?

‘Turkey Beyond the Headlines’ discussion

By Victoria Khroundina | March 21, 2014

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) held an interesting discussion meeting in London last month that is particularly pertinent to the impending local elections in Turkey (to be held next Sunday, March 30). Ziya Meral, a Turkish researcher and writer with a particular interest in ethno-religious violence, and Dr...
Posted in News, Talks and Lectures

Seductive Levant

Philip Mansel’s lecture at the British Museum

By Victoria Khroundina | February 27, 2014

This November the first-ever Conference on Levantine History will take place in Istanbul. Last month I attended an interesting – and timely – lecture by the historian Dr Philip Mansel on this very subject at the British Museum. Dr Mansel focused on the three Levant cities he covers in his book...
Posted in History, Talks and Lectures

An island settlement in late antiquity: Boğsak

Dr Günder Varinlioğlu’s lecture at King’s College London

By Victoria Khroundina | November 28, 2013

On Tuesday November 26 the Council Room at King’s College in London was filled with diehard history lovers gathered to hear Dr Günder Varinlioğlu discuss a fascinating subject: an island settlement in late antiquity. Dr Varinlioğlu is an architect and archaeologist who specialises in rural settlements and landscapes of Anatolia during...
Posted in Architecture, History, Talks and Lectures

Emotive Heritage

Lecture at Rutgers University

By Victoria Khroundina | November 7, 2013

On Thursday November 21 Alessandra Ricci will give a timely lecture at Rutgers University in New Jersey that will explore what became of the Byzantine archaeological heritage that French architect and urbanist Henri Prost wanted to incorporate into his urban representation of modern Istanbul. ‘In the 1930s, at the formal invitation...
Posted in History, Talks and Lectures

Art Istanbul

Contemporary Istanbul's welcome accompaniment

By Victoria Khroundina | November 5, 2013

The biggest week for contemporary art in Istanbul has landed, with the launch this Thursday of the city's most important and exciting art fair, Contemporary Istanbul. Meanwhile, the accompanying festival, Art Istanbul, officially starts today and promises a week of special exhibitions, guided tours and performances. This evening at Nişantaşı’s...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Talks and Lectures

Friend or Foe? The Ottoman Empire and Europe

Dr Philip Mansel's lecture at the Orient-Institut

By Victoria Khroundina | October 31, 2013

On October 24 the Orient-Institut in Cihangir was packed with an enthusiastic audience ready to hear the historian Dr Philip Mansel talk about the economic, political and cultural alliances that existed between the Ottoman Empire and European strongholds for over three centuries. Istanbul was so important during the Ottoman Empire,...
Posted in History, Talks and Lectures

How to Understand Turkey

Seminar at the Royal Institution

By Julie W | October 23, 2013

On October 17 an appreciative audience made up largely of Cornucopia readers attended the How To Academy's seminar at the Royal Institution's famous Faraday Theatre. The historian Philip Mansel spoke first, drawing out past Turkish-European trade, political and cultural relations, with French being the language of the Ottoman elite and...
Posted in Talks and Lectures

Painting Anatolia

By Victoria Khroundina | October 3, 2013

Ottoman History Podcast, an online radio programme launched in 2011, had an interesting instalment back in July entitled Painting the Peasant in Modern Turkey. The podcast addresses the research carried out by Seçil Yžlmaz, a PhD candidate at the Department of History at New York’s City University. The main crux...
Posted in Fine Art, History, Talks and Lectures

Gallery walkabout

The first in a new weekly Istanbul round-up

By CORNUCOPIA BLOG | September 12, 2013

Art lovers are eagerly anticipating the opening of the 13th Istanbul Biennial on September 14, but in the meantime there is a plethora of exciting new shows (big and small) in Istanbul's galleries. This blog is the first instalment of what will be a regular series of guided gallery-walks around various neighbourhoods...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Photography, Talks and Lectures

Casting an expert eye on the Yedikule bostans

Archaeobotany workshop with Dr Chantel White

By Victoria Khroundina | August 17, 2013

Cornucopia’s editor John Scott gave his keen observations of last Wednesday’s archaeobotany workshop at Yedikule bostans (gardens) with Dr Chantel White in yesterday’s blog. Today I will take you through Chantel’s own observations. The area of the Yedikule gardens marked on a map of Istanbul A bit of background: the...
Posted in Culinary Arts, History, News, Talks and Lectures

Talking tiles

By admin | December 6, 2011

From Kütahya to the World: the Story of Tiles and Ceramics Pera MuseumMeşrutiyet Caddesi No.6534443 Tepebaşı - Beyoğlu - İstanbul 10 December Saturday, 10am Free admission Lovers of Turkish ceramics should not miss a symposium at the Pera Museum on Saturday. "From Kutahya to the World: the Story of...
Posted in Islamic Art, Talks and Lectures

Meet the author

By Cornucopia TR | December 6, 2011

Professor Robert Ousterhout is in London next week to launch his new book. John Henry Haynes: A Photographer and Archaeologist in the Ottoman Empire 1881–1900 Robert G Ousterhout. Please join us at these events (admission is free): Monday 12 December 2011, 6.30pm, Royal Asiatic Society THREE INTERSECTING LIVES Archaeologists and Travellers...
Posted in Books, Photography, Talks and Lectures
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