‘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 so works on display, seventy have been made in collaboration with other artists and creative types, including architects, musicians and filmmakers. Born in Istanbul in 1938, Sarkis Zabunyan (better known by his first name alone) has lived in France since winning the Paris Young Artists' Biennial Prize in 1964. A leading light in the conceptual scene, he has remained a firm fixture in the Turkish art world despite living abroad. Not only did he participate in the first, second and tenth Istanbul Biennials, but in 2005 he had all six floors of the Akbank Sanat gallery devoted to a retrospective of his work. Beginning as a painter, he moved on to working with materials such as tar, steel and water before becoming more interested in sculpture and installation. In recent years, he has gone back to his roots, developing a new style of painting based on dissolving pigments in water. Whether aficionado or newcomer, this show should be of great interest for anyone with an interest in contemporary Turkish art. 10, Rue des Vieux Grenadiers, CH-1205 Geneva. Tel. +41 22 320 61 22 Tuesday-Friday 12.00-18.00, Saturday-Sunday 11.00-18.00, closed Monday. CHF8/6/4

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