Issue 60, January 2020

Istanbul: The Ultimate Museum Guide

£12.00 / $14.81 / 101.02 TL
($/TL approx)


A bumper 176-page edition, No 60 celebrates Istanbul’s myriad museums, from the Topkapı to Atatürk’s Art Deco Florya Sea Pavilion, not forgetting teasures further afield, such as the jaw-dropping new Troy Museum on the Dardanelles, and celebrating Istanbul’s retrospective of the ‘1914 Generation’ artist, Avni Lifij – ‘No one better caught the subtle, shifting tones of Istanbul.’

Highlights

  • The Modest Medlar

    Once ubiquitous and widely valued for its medicinal powers, the medlar has been neglected for more than a century as it calls for patience and cannot be mass-marketed. So take advantage of this ambrosial amber-coloured fruit wherever you find it – in street markets, in country gardens or in the wild. Text and photographs: Berrin Torolsan

Inside the issue

Istanbul: The Ultimate Museum Guide

  1. THE OLD CITY
    The must-sees of the museums quarter: the Topkapı, Ayasofya, temples to classical and Islamic art, the Sultan’s Lodge in the old port
  2. THE OLD CITY
    Beyoğlu’s bounty: Pera Museum, Arter and other head-turning new galleries. Horn of revelations: a secret pleasure pavilion, Mr Koç’s world of wonders, and a pristine power station. A proud new world: from Dolmabahçe on the Lower Bosphorus to the gritty images of Ara Güler
  3. THE BOSPHORUS
    The European side: the passions of private collectors – precious calligraphy, period costumes, classic cars
    The Asian side: the sultans’ summer palaces
  4. FURTHER AFIELD
    Cultural Oases: Along the Sea of Marmara and on to the Princes Islands

Connoisseur

  1. ETERNAL YOUTH
    The luminous art of Avni Lifij, by Rose Shepherd
  2. THE OCCIDENTAL TOURIST
    Denna Jones on Inspired by the East at the British Museum
  3. NEW ART SPACES
    WOOD WORKS
    Eskişehir’s marvel in wood: Thomas Roueché on the new Japanese-designed museum of modern art
    ARTER TEXTURE
    Andrew Finkel tells the story of Arter, Istanbul’s newest art space, and Thomas Roueché admires the conceptual art

Books

  1. Benjamin Anderson on the Byzantine book of the century [available online]
  2. Philip Mansel on the memoirs of the last Ottoman princess [available online]
  3. David Barchard on how Europe saw the Ottomans [available online]
  4. Caroline Eden on the Uzbek author Hamid Ismailov's novel Of Strangers and Bees [available online]
  5. Plus Tim Stanley on an 18th-century tanbur, and Caroline Eden on Hamid Ismailov’s Of Strangers and Bees

Cookery

  1. THE MODEST MEDLAR by Berrin Torolsan [extract available online]

Regulars

  1. Private View: The kindness of strangers, by Andrew Finkel
  2. Sound Bites: Transports of delight, by John Shakespeare Dyson
  3. Eating Out: Andrew Finkel’s search for the perfect kebab
  4. From our Correspondents: Caroline Eden in Tajikistan; Roger Norman on an Antolian bard
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Issue 60, January 2020
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