Aslı Çavuşoğlu’s Red/Red joins MoMA Collection

on Wednesday, 12 October 2016. Posted in ---2016---, October

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Installation view of Aslı Çavuşoğlu’s Red/Red at the 14th Istanbul Biennale, 2015. Photo: Sahir Uğur Eren

Pieces from Aslı Çavuşoğlu’s installation Red/Red (2015), which was made for the 14th Istanbul Biennial, are included in the permanent collection of MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art in New York. The work comprises a series of patterns that the artist drew on worn-out papers and handmade notebooks with an inspiration from Armenian miniatures, and by using a specific red pigment traditionally made from an insect known as the Ararat cochineal and found around the Aras River. The pigment’s extraction technique remains largely in oblivion, known only by a few masters. The whole work was previously on display at Mathaf - Arab Museum of Modern Art for the second time after the biennial, on the occasion of its inclusion into the museum’s collection. Four patterns from the same series that were not exhibited in the biennial will be permanently on view at MoMA.

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Installation view of Aslı Çavuşoğlu’s Red/Red at the 14th Istanbul Biennale, 2015. Photo: Sahir Uğur Eren

Anna Laudel Contemporary in Karaköy

on Wednesday, 18 January 2017. Posted in January, ---2017---

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The gallery opened its doors in December in Istanbul’s Karaköy neighborhood with the exhibition ‘When Did We Stop Playing...’ curated by Isabel Bernheimer from Berlin based Bernheimer Contemporary Gallery. The new, five-storey gallery space is also going to host an Artist in Residency programme. Anna Laudel Contemporary, formerly ART350 gallery, was founded in 2012 by the German textile magnate Anna Laudel.

Meric Öner new director at SALT
Alexander Deubl, Striptychon, 2015, Installation View at 'When did we stop playing...' at Anna Laudel Contemporary, 2016

Tate Aquires works by Huseyin Bahri Alptekin

on Thursday, 19 January 2017. Posted in January, ---2017---

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Tate Modern London has acquired five of the artist’s works from his series H-Fact: Hospitality/Hostility from Rampa Gallery as part of their Frieze acquisition fund.

Meric Öner new director at SALT
Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin, H Fact: Hospitality/Hostility, 2003-2007, hotel signs

Project for Turkey's Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennial Announced

on Thursday, 23 March 2017. Posted in March, ---2017---

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In a press conference on 27 February acclaimed conceptual artist Cevdet Erek announced the concept of ÇIN - his project for Turkey's Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia.

Cevdet Erek at the Press Conference
Cevdet Erek at the Press Conference for Turkey's Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennial, Photo: Selcuk Polat, Courtesy of IKSV

At the conference, Cevdet Erek illustrated some methods and concepts that he has experimented with in his series of works since the end of the 2000’s, such as 'Room of Rhythms' and 'Rulers and Rhythms Studies and Sound Ornamentations' among others, with sounds, images and drawings he made during his presentation.

ÇIN, which is created as a site-specific work for the Pavilion of Turkey at this year's edition of the Biennale di Venezia, will be developed during the process and be shaped together with the venue. In his presentation, Cevdet Erek gave examples of the studies conducted for the preparation of the work ÇIN, shared through various media.

CIN Logo

The artist stated:

"Instead of trying to describe a project that is meant to be experienced on-site, and is still in the phase of formation, I propose to imagine a scene together as an exercise: There is a fenced ruin in the distance with a guard inside of it who should not leave during the day. The guard, while walking in silence, notices a visitor who carefully peeks around and the concert of thousands of crickets thanks to the visitor. This duo, who try to talk to each other at a distance, briefly cry out at the same time from the ear pain caused by a violent noise that occurs out of the blue. Then, at night, in another place as the officer tries to suppress the ringing in her ears by opening the window two fingerbreadths and the noise a notch, enters an alarm sound: ‘viyuviyuviyuviyu’. Then she tries to imagine again in the same order by going back to the beginning.”

Cevdet Erek, who talked about the working process in Istanbul and accompanying short trips, introduced the core project team and stated that the project would allow for new participants and collaborations. The project team includes project coordinator Yelin Bilgin, architect and Gürden Gür, architect, as well as Elif Tunçel, art historian, Ayşe Erek and visual identity designer Yetkin Başarır. A new publication accompanies the exhibition and will be available at the launch of the Pavilion of Turkey at the biennial

The Pavilion of Turkey will be located in the Arsenale at Sale d’Armi where the exhibition takes place. The long-term venue was secured by İKSV for the duration of 20 years from 2014 to 2034 and supported by generous contributions of 21 supporters. The exhibition in the Pavilion of Turkey at La Biennale di Venezia is sponsored by Fiat, and realised with the contribution of Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey, under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey and the production support of SAHA Association.

During and after studying architecture at Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, Cevdet Erek (b. Istanbul, 1974) worked at various architectural practices as well as in the music band Nekropsi. Upon finishing his MA in Sound Engineering & Design at İTÜ MIAM Center for Advanced Studies in Music, he was an artist in residence at Rijksakademie in Amsterdam from 2005-2006. Erek’s installations and performances were shown at dOCUMENTA (13) (2012); Istanbul Biennial (2003, 2013 and 2015), Sydney Biennial (2016), Sharjah Biennial (2013), Stedelijk Museum (2014), MAXXI (2014 and 2015), Istanbul Modern (2014, 2015 and 2016), Arter (2011), SALT (2012 ve 2015) among others. Major solo exhibitions of his work include 'Alt Üst' (2014) at Spike Island, Bristol and 'Week' at Kunsthalle Basel (2012). Erek published books such as 'SSS – Shore Scene Soundtrack' (2008, BAS), 'Room of Rhythms' (2012, Walther König) and 'Less Empty Maybe” (2015, Revolver/Artist). The artist received the Nam June June Paik Media Art Prize given by Kunststiftung NRW in 2012 for 'SSS – Shore Scene Soundtrack'. His most recent sound/music works include the sound and music direction for Kaan Müjdeci's feature length film 'Sivas' (71st Venice Film Festival - Special Jury Prize, 2014), music and the sound co-design for Emin Alper’s feature length film 'Frenzy' (72nd Venice Film Festival - Special Jury Prize, 2015). Since 2011 Cevdet Erek teaches at ITU and lives in Istanbul.

Fahrelnissa Zeid at Tate Modern

on Thursday, 08 June 2017. Posted in ---2017--- , June

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Fahrelnissa Zeid, Fight Against Abstraction
Fahrelnissa Zeid, Fight Against Abstraction, 1947 Istanbul Modern Collection, Eczacibasi Group Donation, (c) The Raad Zeid Al-Hussein Collection

This summer, Tate Modern will present the UK’s first retrospective of Fahrelnissa Zeid (b. 1901, Istanbul, d. 1991, Amman), reappraising her work in an international context. Zeid was a pioneering artist best known for her large-scale, colourful canvases – some over 5 metres wide – fusing European approaches to abstract art with Byzantine, Islamic and Persian influences.

This major exhibition will bring together paintings, drawings and sculptures spanning over 40 years – from expressionist works made in Istanbul in the early 1940s, to immersive abstract canvases exhibited in London, Paris and New York in the 1950s and 1960s, finishing with her return to portraiture later in life. Celebrating her extraordinary career, Tate Modern will reveal Zeid as an important figure in the international story of abstract art.

Artists from Turkey Featured at Documenta 14

on Thursday, 23 March 2017. Posted in ---2017--- , June

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Documenta 14 includes several works by artists from Turkey in both Athens and Kassel. Banu Cennetoğlu’s work 'Gurbet’s Diary' (27.07.1995–08.10.1997) (2016-7) in Athens is dedicated to Gurbetelli Ersöz, who was a journalist, and the only woman to hold the position of editor at a pro-Kurdish newspaper. After being arrested and tortured, she joined the guerilla, keeping a journal from 1995 until 1997 when she was killed. After its first publication in Germany in 1998, the diary was published in Turkey in 2014, but banned shortly after. The lithographic slabs of 'Gurbet's Diary' contain the pages of the diary, ready to be printed again. Her work 'BEINGSAFEISSCARY' (2017) in Kassel consists of ten aluminum letters borrowed from the Fridericianum and six letters cast in brass after the existing ones, based on graffiti existing on a wall at the National Technical University of Athens.

In Nevin Aladağ’s installation / performance 'Music Room' in Athens, items of furniture and household objects turn into resonating bodies that develop their own acoustic properties attributable to their shapes as evocative of the human body. In the process, prevailing notions of functionality, ergonomics, and purity of sound are called into question. Her installation entitled 'Jali​' (2017) in Kassel consists of glazed ceramics. Gülsün Karamustafa’s installation 'The Apartment Building' (2012) and Köken Ergun's two-channel video projection 'I, Soldier' (2005) are part of the collection exhibition of Greece's National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) at Fridericianum in collaboration with documenta 14.
The works will be on view in Athens until 18 July and in Kassel until 17 September 2017.

Banu Cennetoğlu, Gurbet’s Diary, 2016
Banu Cennetoğlu, Gurbet’s Diary (27.07.1995–08.10.1997) (2016–17), installation view at documenta 14 Athens 2017

Nevin Aladag, 'Music Room (Athens)',
Nevin Aladag, 'Music Room (Athens)', 2017, installation view at documenta 14 Athens 2017

Banu Cennetoğlu, BEINGSAFEISSCARY (2017)
Banu Cennetoğlu, BEINGSAFEISSCARY (2017), Ten aluminum letters borrowed from the Fridericianum and six letters cast in brass after the existing ones, Based on graffiti existing on a wall at the National Technical University of Athens as of April 6, 2017, 57.5 × 1085 × 1 cm overall Coproduced with Kunstgiesserei St. Gallen, Sitterwerk, Switzerland, installation view at Friedrichsplatz, Kassel, documenta 14. photo: Frieze

Istanbul Galleries in Basel

on Thursday, 23 March 2017. Posted in ---2017--- , June

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Turkish galleries Galeri Zilberman and Öktem & Aykut are representing Turkey at Basels art week this year. Öktem & Aykut are showing works by Elif Boyner and Lara Ögel at Liste, while Zilberman Gallery is participating in Volta with works by Alpin Arda Bağcık and Ahmet Elhan.

Lara Ögel, Turquoise II
Lara Ögel, Turquoise II, 2015, video, 11'

Sanatorium Gallery in Vienna

on Tuesday, 08 August 2017. Posted in ---2017--- , August

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Delia Jürgens, The Target is myself – I reach the Point of no Effort – the Arrow leaves the Bow
Delia Jürgens, The Target is myself – I reach the Point of no Effort – the Arrow leaves the Bow | Materialization 2015 / 2016 | part of Cloud Storage, Speisesaal Kyoto | photo Nora Lammers | courtesy the artist


In September 2017, Istanbul-based gallery Sanatorium will officially open the doors to its new gallery space at Schleifmühlgasse 3, in 1040 Vienna with an exhibition titled CYBER CORPOREALITY curated by Sabrina Steinek.

Rapid advances in information and communication technology are revolutionizing our every day life. Objective reality and the virtual world continue to merge into one another, blurring the thin line dividing them. And that’s just a brief snapshot of the complex reality we’re living in. Technology is developing rapidly; faster than we thought. And this speed is what makes it so challenging for us humans and our limited bodies. It seems as though humanity has reached the peak of evolution, as though the only way for an upgrade is by the means of technology. It’s already happening — avatars, cyborgs, virtual and augmented reality technologies and AI are being incorporated in our everyday life.

But if we’re creating new digital identities, new bodies and thereby new worlds, we have to ask ourselves what corporeality means in the 21st century. We have to reassess the objects we encounter.

How do embodied objects and materials reflect on the corporeal and its potentialities or limits? How do the objects and concepts we encounter these days shape and create bodies? How can we read and define bodies in analogue and digital spaces? CYBER CORPOREALITY is dedicated to explore the interplay and relationship between technology and corporeality in contemporary art.

Participating artists:

Delia Jürgens
Jennifer Mehigan
Adham Faramawy
La Turbo Avedon
Adam de Neige
Yagiz Özgen

15th Istanbul Biennial kicks off

on Saturday, 02 September 2017. Posted in ---2017--- , October

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15th Istanbul Biennial, Galata Greek Primary School
15th Istanbul Biennial, Galata Greek Primary School. Photo: exhibist


Taking place from 16 September - 12 November 2017, the 15th edition of the Istanbul Biennial, entitled 'a good neighbour' brings together artworks by 56 artists from 32 countries, all addressing different notions of home, belonging and neighbourhood. The biennial takes place in six neighbouring venues: Istanbul Modern, Galata Greek Primary School, Ark Kültür, Pera Museum, Yoğunluk Atelier, and Küçük Mustafa Paşa Hammam.

Instead of a statement, the curators, artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, developed 40 questions that have guided the process of making the exhibition. These questions were first presented live in Istanbul by 40 performers of different ages, genders and backgrounds in December 2016, and were shared on the Biennial’s website and social media accounts. A video documentation of the press conference can found through this youtube link.

“Your neighbour might be someone who lives quite a different life from yours. And hopefully you, unlike many politicians lately, are not the one who chooses to deal with your fear of otherness by fencing yourself off. The artists in the 15th Istanbul Biennial raise questions about ideas of home, neighbourhood, belonging and co-existence from multiple perspectives. Some of the artworks examine how our domestic living conditions and modes have changed and how our neighbourhoods have transformed, while others focus on how we cope with today’s geopolitical challenges on a micro-level. The Biennial takes its form from the invited artists’ personal or analytical statements: an engaging mixture of hopes and visions, of sadness and indignation, of history and present day.”
Elmgreen & Dragset, curators of the 15th Istanbul Biennial

15th Istanbul Biennial, Alper Aydin, 'D8M' (2017) at Istanbul Modern
15th Istanbul Biennial, Alper Aydin, 'D8M' (2017) at Istanbul Modern Photo: Sahir Ugur Eren


15th Istanbul Biennial, exhibition view at Pera Museum
15th Istanbul Biennial, exhibition view at Pera MuseumPhoto: Sahir Ugur Eren


15th Istanbul Biennial, exhibition view at Galata Greek Primary School
15th Istanbul Biennial, exhibition view at Galata Greek Primary School Photo: Ilgin Eraslan Yanmaz


From Moscow to Sydney: The International Billboard Project

In anticipation of the exhibition, the 15th Istanbul Biennial launched an International Billboard Project to share the theme of 'a good neighbour' in different cities around the world. Through collaborations with cultural institutions worldwide, the International Billboard Project displays a carefully curated selection of photographs by Lukas Wassmann, which capture unexpected encounters paired with questions asking what makes a good neighbour. Host cities include Moscow (Russia), Sydney (Australia), Milan (Italy), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Armagh, Ballynahinch, Belfast, Downpatrick and Newry (Northern Ireland), Southhampton (UK), Calgary (Canada), Plovidv (Bulgaria), and Chicago (USA), Seoul and Gwangju (South Korea).

The 15th Istanbul Biennial, Billboard Series
The 15th Istanbul Biennial, Billboard Series, Dublin, Courtesy IKSV Istanbul


List of artists

Galata Greek Primary School

Heba Y. Amin
Born in Cairo, lives in Berlin

Mark Dion
Born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, lives in New York, NY

Jonah Freeman & Justin Lowe
Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Dayton, Ohio, both live in New York, NY

Kasia Fudakowski
Born in London, lives in Berlin

Pedro Gómez-Egaña
Born in Bucaramanga, lives between Bergen and Copenhagen

Lungiswa Gqunta
Born in Port Elizabeth, lives in Cape Town

Andrea Joyce Heimer
Born in Great Falls, Montana, lives in Ferndale, Washington

Morag Keil & Georgie Nettell
Born in Edinburgh and Bedford, both live in London

Olaf Metzel
Born in Berlin, lives in Munich

Mahmoud Obaidi
Born in Baghdad, lives in Burlington, Ontario

Henrik Olesen
Born in Esbjerg, lives in Berlin

Erkan Özgen
Born in Mardin, lives in Diyarbakır

Leander Schönweger
Born in Meran, lives in Vienna

Dan Stockholm
Born in Thisted, lives in Copenhagen

Ali Taptık
Born in Istanbul, lives in Istanbul

Bilal Yılmaz
Born in Manisa, lives in Istanbul

Istanbul Modern

Volkan Aslan
Born in Ankara, lives in Istanbul

Alper Aydın
Born in Ordu, lives between Ordu, Ankara, Konya, and Istanbul

Monica Bonvicini
Born in Venice, lives in Berlin

Louise Bourgeois
Born in Paris, died in New York, NY

Latifa Echakhch
Born in El Khnansa, lives in Martigny

Candeğer Furtun
Born in Istanbul, lives in Istanbul

Kim Heecheon
Born in Seoul, lives in Seoul

Mirak Jamal
Born in Tehran, lives in Berlin

Fernando Lanhas
Born in Porto, died in Porto

Victor Leguy
Born in Sao Paulo, lives in Sao Paulo

Klara Lidén
Born in Stockholm, lives in Berlin

Mahmoud Obaidi
Born in Baghdad, lives in Burlington, Ontario

Lydia Ourahmane
Born in Saida, lives in Oran and London

Rayyane Tabet
Born in Ashquot, lives in Beirut

Young-Jun Tak
Born in Seoul, lives in Berlin

Kaari Upson
Born in San Bernadino, California, lives in Los Angeles, California

Kemang Wa Lehulere
Born in Cape Town, lives in Cape Town

Yonamine
Born in Luanda, lives in Harare

Xiao Yu
Born in Inner Mongolia, lives in Beijing

ARK Kültür

Mahmoud Khaled
Born in Alexandria, lives in Trondheim

Pera Museum

Adel Abdessemed
Born in Constantine, lives in London

Njideka Akunyili Crosby
Born in Enugu, lives in Los Angeles, California

Alejandro Almanza Pereda
Born in Mexico City, lives in Guadalajara

Berlinde De Bruyckere
Born in Ghent, lives in Ghent

Vajiko Chachkhiani
Born in Tbilisi, lives in Berlin

Gözde İlkin
Born in Istanbul, lives in Istanbul

Liliana Maresca
Born in Buenos Aires, died in Buenos Aires

Lee Miller
Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, died in Chiddingly, East Sussex

Aude Pariset
Born in Versailles, lives in Berlin

Sim Chi Yin
Born in Singapore, lives in Beijing

Dayanita Singh
Born in New Delhi, lives in New Delhi

Tatiana Trouvé
Born in Cosenza, lives in Paris

Tsang Kinwah
Born in Shantou, lives in Hong Kong

Andra Ursuta
Born in Salonta, lives in New York, NY

Fred Wilson
Born in New York, NY, lives in New York, NY

Yoğunluk Atelier

Yoğunluk
Founded in Istanbul, live in Istanbul

Küçük Mustafa Paşa Hammam

Monica Bonvicini
Born in Venice, lives in Berlin

Stephen G. Rhodes
Born in Houston, Texas, lives in Berlin

Tuğçe Tuna
Born in Mons, lives in Istanbul

Outside all venues

Burçak Bingöl
Born in Giresun, lives in Istanbul

Lukas Wassmann
Born in Zurich, lives in Berlin

Ai Weiwei in Istanbul

on Saturday, 02 September 2017. Posted in ---2017--- , October

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Ai Weiwei at Sakip Sabanci Museum
Portrait of Ai Weiwei, Courtesy the artist


Sakıp Sabancı Museum hosts the first exhibition of Ai Weiwei in Turkey this fall. Running from 12 September until 29 January 2018, the exhibition displays a wide selection iof th artist's works next to new projects with a particular focus on porcelain works.

Ai Weiwei at Sakip Sabanci Museum
Ai Weiwei, Bicycle Basket with Flowers in Porcelain, 2014, porcelain. Courtesy Ai Weiwei Studio

Galleries move to Karaköy

on Saturday, 02 September 2017. Posted in ---2017--- , October

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Mumhane Caddesi 48-50, Karakoy
Mumhane Caddesi 48-50, Karaköy, Istanbul. Photo: exhibist


The well-established galleries Galeri Nev, Pi Artworks, artSümer, Mixer and Sanatorium all opened their new spaces in Mumhane Caddesi in Karaköy, Istanbul, for the new season this September.

Daire Gallery reopens in Cihangir

on Saturday, 02 September 2017. Posted in ---2017--- , October

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Daire Gallery Cihangir
Daire Gallery, Simsirci Sokak 11/1, Cihangir, Istanbul


Daire Gallery is an open art space, which was established as an initiative in order to support contemporary and independent artworks in 2008 and closed its physical Tophane space in 2016. They opened the new season in their new location in Cihangir in October 2017 with the exhibition titled 'Floating Tactics After a Sunken Island' including works by Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Balca Ergener, Nazlı Gürlek, Sibel Horada, Evrim Kavcar, Didem Özbek, Yasemin Özcan, İz Öztat, Ülgen Semerci, Julie Upmeyer and Dilek Winchester running until 11 November 2017.

Nevin Aladağ Wins Ernst Rietschel Art Prize

on Tuesday, 16 January 2018. Posted in ---2018--- , January

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The artist Nevin Aladağ has been awarded the Ernst Rietschel Art Prize for Sculpture. Named in honor of the late German sculptor Ernst Rietschel, who died in 1861, the prize has been awarded by the Ernst Rietschel Kulturring every two years since 1991 and is endowed with 15,000 EUR. Aladağ’s work will be on display in an exhibition at the Albertinum in Dresden in March 2018.

Nevin Aladağ (b. 1972, Van) moved to Stuttgart, Germany with her family in 1973 and studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich until 2000. In her practice comprising sculpture, installation, video and performance, Aladağ detaches everyday objects from their original context to investigate their social, cultural and political codings, as well as origins and history. Aladağ lives and works in Berlin.

Aladağ’s installations, video works, and performances were shown at numerous international museums and biennials, including recent participations in Documenta 14 in Kassel and Athens and the 57th Venice Biennale. Her work was exhibited at: Kunsthalle Basel (2014-15); Art Space Pythagorion, Samos (2014); Istanbul Modern (2014); Sharjah Biennale (2013); Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2012); Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT) (2011); Haus der Kunst Munich (2011), The Hayward Gallery, London (2010); XIV Biennale Internazionale di Scultura, Carrara, (2010); Riso Museum, Catania and Palermo (2010); TBA 21, Vienna (2010); Biennale Cuvée, Linz (2009) and (2010); 11th Istanbul Biennial (2009); The Al-Mamal Foundation, Jerusalem (2009); OPEN ev+a, Limerick (2009), and 8th Taipei Biennial, Taiwan (2008).

The jury comprised critic Kirsty Bell; Matthias Mühling, director of the Lenbachhaus in Munich; Thomas Thiel, director of the Kunstverein Bielefeld; and Hilke Wagner, director of the Albertinum.

Nevin Aladağ, Photo: Trevor Good, Courtesy Wentrup Gallery
Nevin Aladağ, Photo: Trevor Good, Courtesy Wentrup Gallery

Maxxi Museum hosts major survey of Contemporary Art from Turkey

on Tuesday, 10 November 2015. Posted in ---2015--- , November

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The show 'Istanbul: Passion, Joy, Fury', which runs from 11 December 2015 until 3 May 2016, 
is part of MAXXI’s exhibition cycle focusing on the cultural realities of the Mediterranean and the relationships between
the Middle East and Europe. It is the final stage of the project’s three phases, which began with a series of meetings and workshops led by curators, artists, historians and architects in both Rome and Istanbul. The results of this period of research — to be presented on a website in conjunction with the exhibition — formed the basis for the display, which aims to present Istanbul’s complicated and dynamic character beginning with an outline of its current cultural status and tracing
back to its historical roots.
As always, the museum aims for an interdisciplinary approach; it will include works from various media, as well as foster an active exchange amongst the artistic and intellectual communities of Turkey and Europe.

Istanbul is an interesting case study. The city has undergone many intense social and cultural upheavals, which came to a climax with the evolving protest movement in 2013 and triggered a climate of social change involving members of the artistic community, as well as intellectuals and local youths. Additionally,
the city is rapidly expanding and developing, which creates space for various new local and international projects. The gezi Park protests of
2013 will serve as the starting point for the exhibition, which evolves around five major themes: ‘Urban Changes’ with a special focus on gentrification, ecology and self-organization; ‘Political conflicts and resistance’ seen through the eyes of independent thinkers reflecting on justice, violence or gender issues; ‘Innovative Production Models’ tied to consumerism and the challenges of the working
class; ‘geopolitical Urgencies’ dealing with the pressing issue of minorities and refugees; and finally ‘Hope’, seen through new socio-political solutions and strategies, along with artistic expressions of joy and growth.

The invited artists and architects: Hamra Abbas, Can Altay & Jeremiah Day, Halil Altındere, Emrah Altınok, Architecture For All (Herkes İçin Mimarlık), Volkan Aslan, Fikret Atay, Atelier Istanbul: Arnavutköy, Vahap Avşar, İmre Azem & Gaye Günay, Osman Bozkurt, Angelika Brudniak & Cynthia Madansky, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Antonio Cosentino, Burak Delier, Cem Dinlenmiş, Cevdet Erek, İnci Eviner, Extrastruggle, Nilbar Güreş, Ha Za Vu Zu, Emre Hüner, Ali Kazma, Sinan Logie & Yoann Morvan, Networks of Dispossession, Nejla Osseiran, Ceren Oykut, Pınar Öğrenci, Ahmet Öğüt, Didem Özbek, Şener Özmen, PATTU, Didem Pekün, Zeyno Pekünlü, Mario Rizzi, Sarkis, SO?, Superpool, ŞANALarc, Ali Taptık, Serkan Taycan, Cengiz Tekin, Güneş Terkol, Nasan Tur.

Hera Buyuktasciyan at Maxxi Museum
HERA BUYUKTASCIYAN, The Dock, detail, wood, mechanism, installation view at Galeri Mana, Istanbul 2014

Vahap Avsar at Maxxi Museum
VAHAP AVSAR, Road to Arguvan, video still, 2013

Gunes Terkol at Maxxi Museum
GUNES TERKOL, Against the Current, Embroidery on fabric, 200x300 cm, 2013

Cengiz Çekil, key figure of Contemporary Art in Turkey, dies at 70

on Tuesday, 10 November 2015. Posted in ---2015--- , November

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At the age of 70, Cengiz Cekil passed away. The artist will be remembered for his valuable contributions to the contemporary art. We extend our sincere condolences to his family and the whole art scene.

After receiving his BFA from the Gazi Institute in Ankara, Cengiz Cekil (b. 1945, Bor) continued his studies in Paris. He returned to Turkey in 1976 and got his MFA in Sculpture from Ege University in Izmir. Searching for new visual and formal definitions that could correspond to the dramatic social transformations of the 1970s and 1980s, Cekil became one of the key figures of contemporary art in Turkey. He distanced himself from the aesthetic conventions of academic conservatism of that time and instead made use of cheap everyday materials, such as stationery, hardware items, construction materials, trash and newspapers. His early artistic production mostly reflects the political tensions and dramatic social transformations preceding the coup d’état in 1980. In 1978, Çekil moved from İstanbul to work at the newly founded Faculty of Fine Arts at Ege University in İzmir. The photographic series Visual Tracks (1979) documents the artist's daily journey to work.

His first solo exhibition at Rampa was held in 2010. Curated by Vasıf Kortun, the project comprised works produced between 1974 and 2010.

Selected group exhibitions of the artist include 4th Istanbul Biennial, 1995; Manifesta 5, San Sebastian, Spain, 2004; 11th International İstanbul Biennial, İstanbul, Turkey, 2009; I’m Still Alive: Politics and Everyday Life in Contemporary Drawing MoMA, 2011; NEWTOPIA: The State of Human Rights, Mechelen, Belgium, 2012; Istanbul Eindhoven-SALTVanAbbe: 68-89, SALT, Istanbul, 2012 and Signs Taken in Wonder: Searching for Contemporary Istanbul, MAK Vienna, 2013.

Cengiz Cekil, Rampa Gallery Istanbul
Cengiz Cekil, Courtesy Rampa Gallery Istanbul

Cengiz Cekil, Towards Childhood, Since Childhood, 1974
Cengiz Cekil, Towards Childhood, Since Childhood, 1974 Coca-cola bottles, triple battery (4,5 V), string, tree branch, bulb, cable, electric tape, 34 x 10 x 10 cm. Courtesy Rampa Gallery Istanbul

Cengiz Cekil, Diary 1976
Cengiz Cekil, Diary, 1976, Seal print on diary, and box 14 × 20.5 cm. Courtesy Rampa Gallery Istanbul

Simply titled 'Günce', or 'Diary', Çekil’s work, which was acquired by MoMA in 2011, is a notebook in which Çekil stamped “Bugün de yaşıyorum” (I am still alive today), along with the date, for two months in 1976. The work, a response to the increasing political tension in Turkey between rightists and leftists during the time it was created, also stands as a reference to artists who were feeling trapped in a period when terrorism almost became part of daily life.

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