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Turkish Pavilion in Venice

on Friday, 14 June 2013. Posted in Art News, June, ---2013---

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Since 1991 Turkey is participating in the Venice Biennale, organising different exhibitions and installations exhibited in different spaces of the Biennale as co-lateral events. The first Pavilion of Turkey was inaugurated in 2003 with the exhibition "in Limbo" showing work by Gül Ilgaz, Ergin Çavuşoğlu, Neriman Polat, Nazif Topçuoğlu and Nuri Bilge Ceylan. The exhibition was curated and commissioned by Beral Madra.

Since 2007, the Pavilion of Turkey is located in the Artiglierie building of the Arsenale and is organised by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), supported by a main sponsor institution with the contribution of the Promotion Fund of the Turkish Prime Ministry. In 2011 FIAT supported the Pavilion of Turkey as the sponsor, which will continue in 2013.

The Committee for the 2013 Pavilion consisted of Adriano Pedrosa (curator, editor, writer), Cengiz Çekil (artist), Cristiana Perrella (curator), Esra Aysun (cultural operator) and Mine Haydaroğlu (editor-in-chief). Emre Baykal was the curator of the Pavilion of Turkey in the 55th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale in 2013.

In his multi-channel video installation titled “Resistance”, Ali Kazma explores the interventions and strategies that both release the body from its own restrictions and restrict it in order to control it. As an extensive survey on the contemporary discourses, techniques and management tactics developed for the human body, “Resistance” is an attempt to unravel the interventions imposed and practised on the body today.

Ali Kazma, Resistance, Turkish Pavilion, Venice Biennial 2013
Ali Kazma, Resistance, Exhibition View at Turkish Pavilion, Venice Biennial 2013. Photo: IKSV/Roman Mensing

Ali Kazma, Resistance, Turkish Pavilion, Venice Biennial 2013
Ali Kazma, Resistance, Exhibition View at Turkish Pavilion, Venice Biennial 2013. Photo: IKSV/Roman Mensing

Ali Kazma, Resistance, Turkish Pavilion, Venice Biennial 2013
Ali Kazma, Resistance, Exhibition View at Turkish Pavilion, Venice Biennial 2013. Photo: IKSV/Roman Mensing

Ali Kazma, Resistance, Turkish Pavilion, Venice Biennial 2013
Ali Kazma, Resistance, Exhibition View at Turkish Pavilion, Venice Biennial 2013. Photo: IKSV/Roman Mensing

Hot Spot Istanbul at Haus Konstrukiv in Zurich

on Saturday, 08 June 2013. Posted in Art News, June, ---2013---

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From 6 June until 22 September 2013 Museum Haus Konstruktiv in Zurich hosts the first comprehensive exhibition of Turkish abstract, concrete, conceptual and contemporary art in Switzerland titled Hot Spot Istanbul, showing works from over sixty years by more than 80 works of 21 artists. The show was curated by Dorothea Strauss in collaboration with Tankut Aykut from Istanbul based gallery Dirimart.

The project's starting point is the development of Turkish abstract concrete painting since the end of the 1940s and the impact that it has had on a young generation of artists who are active all around the world.

Can Altay was invited to design the entrance hall and created a walk-through sculpture titled “It’s not Istanbul, it’s you.” A special place of reflection, research and encounters emerges. It is a mental echo chamber, which accompanies all other sections.

Can Altay
Can Altay, Entrance Hall Installation View. Photo: Haus Konstruktiv/eddymotion

Can Altay
Can Altay, Entrance Hall Installation View. Photo: Haus Konstruktiv/eddymotion

There are two solo exhibitions by Ebru Uygun (*1974) and Ekrem Yalçındağ (*1964) on the second floor and in the smaller hall on the fourth floor. The large hall on the fourth floor, focuses on conceptual art, with artists such as Serhat Kiraz (*1954), Renée Levi (*1960), Ahmet Öktem (*1951), Sarkis (*1938), Nejat Satı (1982), Arslan Sükan (*1973) and Erdem Taşdelen (*1985). The fifth floor shows four historically significant artists: Nejad Melih Devrim (1923-1995), Mübin Orhon (1924-1981), Ömer Uluç (1931-2010) and Fahrelnissa Zeid (1901-1991), all pioneers of post-1945 Turkish art.

Hot Spot Istanbul - Exhibition View. Arslan Sükan
Hot Spot Istanbul - Exhibition View. Works by Arslan Sükan, 2013. Photo: Haus Konstruktiv/Stefan Altenburger

Can Altay
Hot Spot Istanbul - Exhibition View. Left: Nejat Satı, Untitled, 2013. Right: Sarkis, Video Work, 1998. Photo: Haus Konstruktiv/Stefan Altenburger

Together with Hot Spot Istanbul, works by the “Zurich Concretists” from the in-house collection such as Max Bill (1908-1994), Fritz Glarner (1899-1972), Camille Graeser (1892-1980), Hans Hinterreiter (1902-1989), Verena Loewensberg (1912-1986) and Richard Paul Lohse (1902-1988) are on display.

Full Art Prize 2012

on Wednesday, 19 December 2012. Posted in Art News, November

Contemporary Art in Turkey lacks public sponsorship, which means it is shaped by corporate support and investments of industrial families. These businesses have their own interests and thus threaten the independence of the supported artists and their projects. While more and more artists live and work in Turkey and galleries are popping up everywhere in Istanbul, there is still a strong need for independent support of artists producing substantial art works, which might not sell well at commercial galleries.

Spotting this need, AR Corporate Group launched FULL Art Prize in 2012 as the nation’s first ever privately funded contemporary art prize to encourage promising new artists in their quest to reach wider audiences. Contemporary artists under the age of 40 and citizens of the Republic of Turkey or other country citizens residing in Turkey for over two years are eligible for the annual competition.

FULL Art Prize was announced with an open call and artists submitted applications comprised of a maximum 10 works/projects created in the past five years through a website over a three month submission period from January 2012 onwards.

This years jury consisted of well-known figures from various fields of the arts: Evrim Altuğ (journalist, critic), Gülsün Karamustafa (artist), Vasıf Kortun (SALT, Research and Programs Director), Bige Örer (İKSV, İstanbul Biennial Director), Agah Uğur (collector, Borusan Holding CEO) and Hüseyin Arslan (FULL, AR Group Chair of Executive Board).

Due to the high amount of brilliant projects submitted, the jury chose to exceed the award protocol during the evaluation meeting and selected 13 rather than 10 finalists for the prize. The selected artists were Alper Aydın, Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Burak Delier, Elmas Deniz, Işıl Eğrikavuk, Özgür Erkök, Mehmet Fahracı, Zeren Göktan, Borga Kantürk, Tayfun Serttaş, Cengiz Tekin, Serkan Taycan and Gözde Türkkan.

Artists Işıl Eğrikavuk and Aslı Çavuşoğlu were awarded the inaugural FULL Art Prize in a ceremony held in İstanbul on 7 November 2012 at the Hasköy Yarn Factory. The prize, which carries a 25,000 TL award, was split between the two artists.

For three months, the public was able to vote for one of the 13 finalists on a website showing their portfolios. The artist selected through public vote was Cengiz Tekin, who received the 5,000 TL Public Jury Award.

The exhibition titled "sevennovembertwothousandtwelve", curated by Öykü Özsoy, featuring the works of the 2012 competition’s finalists, was exhibited until 28 November at the Hasköy Yarn Factory.

FULL Art Prize is also creating a visual online database including the participating artists to make their work accessible to an international public. Furthermore, the prize committee prepared a book presenting the 13 semi-finalists’ works. Contributors of the book are Evrim Altuğ, Öykü Özsoy, Zeynep Öz, Özge Ersoy and Azra Tüzünoğlu.

Full Art Prize exhibition view
Exhibition View of Full Art Prize exhibition at Hasköy Yarn Factory, Istanbul, 2012. Courtesy Full Art Prize.

Full Art Prize exhibition view
Exhibition View of Full Art Prize exhibition at Hasköy Yarn Factory, Istanbul, 2012. Courtesy Full Art Prize.

Asli Cavusoglu
Aslı Çavuşoğlu, The Demolition of the Russian Monument at Ayastefanos, 2011. Courtesy Full Art Prize.

Asli Cavusoglu
Aslı Çavuşoğlu, The Demolition of the Russian Monument at Ayastefanos, 2011 (Detail). Courtesy Full Art Prize.

Isil Egrikavuk
Işıl Eğrikavuk, Mozaik Pasta, Performance, Antakya Biennial, 2010. Courtesy Full Art Prize.

1st Istanbul Design Biennial 2012

on Thursday, 13 December 2012. Posted in Art News, October, November, December

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Coinciding with its 40th anniversary, the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) launched the 1st Istanbul Design Biennial under the theme of 'Imperfection', which took place from 13 October – 12 December 2012. The first Istanbul Design Biennial has adopted this theme at the suggestion of Mr Deyan Sudjic, a member of its advisory board who is the Director of the Design Museum in London.

According to Özlem Yalım Özkaraoğlu, the Istanbul Design Biennial director, the design and creative industries have become more important in Turkey over the last 10 years, resulting in a need for a local biennial for the local design community.

The growth of Turkey’s economy has highlighted the importance of innovation and design, and at the same time stimulated the development of creative industries. One of the Biennial’s primary goals is to raise awareness of Turkey’s creative potential on an international level.
Featuring urban design, architecture, industrial, graphic, fashion and new media design, alongside relevant creative products and projects, the Biennial hosted over 100 projects by nearly 300 designers and architects from 46 countries, in two main exhibitions curated by Emre Arolat and Joseph Grima.

'Musibet', hosted by the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, was curated by Emre Arolat. The show was divided into two sub-exhibits: 'the Aestheticization of Context' and 'Anti-Context in Design along the Axis of the Grand Transformation', putting the spotlight on Istanbul’s current urban architecture and design. The exhibitions comprised more than 30 projects of 165 designers and architects, displaying multiple faces of grand urban transformations continuously being realized in Istanbul, as well as in other geographies.
Having taught at several universities, Arolat is a well-know figure of the Istanbul architecture and design world.

Joseph Grima’s 'Adhocracy' exhibition, curated in collaboration with Elian Stefa, Ethel Baraona Pohl, and Pelin Tan, was set up in the Galata Greek Primary School. The show focused on the contemporary design scene in the wake of a wave of social and technological revolutions in recent years and featured over 60 projects by 120 designers and architects.
Joseph Grima is a Milan-based architect, editor, writer and curator as well as the editor of Domus, the internationally renowned magazine of contemporary architecture.

The four-day conference 'Ideas City', organized with Audi Urban Future Initiative featured a series of workshops, a lecture by New York City Planning Commissioner and Chair of the New York City Planning Commission Amanda Burden, and the announcement of the winner of the second 'Audi Urban Future Initiative Award'.

For two months, the Design Biennial transformed Istanbul into a city of design, welcoming over 44,600 visitors of specific exhibitions and a total of 115,000 including parallel events. Part of the side events was an academy programme, workshop exhibitions, a seminar programme, film screenings and design walks.
Students of urban design, architecture, industrial design, new media design, and fashion from various universities in Istanbul, Ankara, and İzmir organized workshops, competitions, and special projects within the Biennial theme.

Adhocracy exhibition view
Exhibition View of Adhocracy

Stratigraphic Manufactury by Unfold
Stratigraphic Manufactury by Unfold, an Antwerp-based design group in operation. This project explores how 3D-printed objects created from identical digital files can be as varied and unique as hand-made objects. (Adhocracy Exhibition) Courtesy Kristof Vrancken/Unfold.

Augmented Structures v2.0 by Refik Anadol and Alper Derinbogaz
Augmented Structures v2.0 by Refik Anadol and Alper Derinbogaz (Musibet Exhibition)

Exhibitions View Musibet
Exhibition View Musibet. Courtesy Istanbul Design Biennial.

Garanti Bank’s project SALT opens a branch in Ankara

on Thursday, 28 March 2013. Posted in Art News, March, ---2013---

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After opening two branches in Istanbul in 2011 (SALT Beyoglu & SALT Galata), Garanti Bank has opened another branch in Ankara called „SALT Ulus“ in early April 2013. When it comes to Turkey’s art scene during the last years, Ankara has been very much in the shadow of Istanbul, where most of the contemporary cultural activity is happening. SALT, which has grown to be a major initiator of large scale exhibitions, projects and cultural events in Istanbul within the last years, is trying to give new impulses in the field of contemporary art and culture and related research to Ankara as Turkey’s capital.

At SALT’s new location in Ankara, two spaces are reserved for the use of young researchers for periods of four months at a time. While SALT Research at SALT Galata exists as the main open platform for such investigation, selected publications and information from SALT Research are available at SALT Ulus, with many more materials accessible on request

For the begginning phase of the project, the program at SALT Ulus involves already composed projects that have taken place in İstanbul, but include Ankara in their scope. However, on the long term SALT plans to prioritize locally developed programmes and then reversing the current trend these projects may then travel on to İstanbul.

The building of SALT Ulus is the annex of the former Ottoman Bank on Atatürk Bulvarı across one of the Republic’s main landscape projects Gençlik Parkı. Designed by Guilo Mongeri and constructed in 1926, the main building is currently used as Garanti Bank. The annex housing SALT Ulus was a later addition, also commissioned to Mongeri, to provide lodging for traveling bank inspectors. Unused since 2002, this building was repurposed after the establishment of SALT, and opened as SALT Ulus.

SALT Ulus officially opened on 3 April 2013 with its first exhibition named „It was a time of conversation,“ an archive and research project, that calls for a reevaluation of three exhibitions that took place in the early ‘90s in Turkey – Number Fifty/Memory/Recollection II (1993, İstanbul); Globalization-State, Misery, Violence (1995, İstanbul) and GAR [Railway Station] (1995, Ankara) – based on original documents from the period.

The exhibition, first opened in the Open Archive at SALT Galata in February 2012, will be accompanied by parallel programs organized at SALT Ulus. A link to the original project can be found here.

Salt Ulus Building
SALT Ulus, Ankara, Photo: Cemil Batur Gökçeer

Salt Ulus Building
SALT Ulus, Ankara, Photo: Cemil Batur Gökçeer

Salt Ulus, Ankara, Exhibition View:
SALT Ulus, Ankara, Exhibition View "It was a time of conversation", Photo: Cemil Batur Gökçeer

Permanent Venue for Turkey at Venice Biennale

on Monday, 28 October 2013. Posted in Art News, January, ---2014---

Related Article: The Pavillion of Turkey at Biennale Architettura 2014


On the initiation of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and with the gracious support of 21 sponsors, Turkey is obtaining a long-term venue in the Venice Biennale, one of world's leading contemporary art and architecture events. The allotment of 20 years (from 2014 to 2034) at Arsenale, one of the two main venues of the event, will allow the Pavilion of Turkey to take part for the first time this year in the International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia.

The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts will be the coordinator of the Pavilion of Turkey that will take part in the Venice Biennale's both International Art Exhibition and Architecture Exhibition for the next 20 years. İKSV has already been coordinating the Pavilion of Turkey at the International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, since 2007.

The sponsoring persons and institutions that have contributed in providing Turkey with a permanent venue in the Venice Biennale include Akbank, Mehveş-Dalınç Arıburnu, Nezih Barut, Ali Raif Dinçkök, Vuslat Doğan Sabancı, Füsun-Faruk Eczacıbaşı, Oya-Bülent Eczacıbaşı, Enka Foundation, Nesrin Esirtgen, Eti Gıda San. ve Tic. AŞ, Kadir Has University, Öner Kocabeyoğlu, MAÇAKIZI, Tansa Mermerci Ekşioğlu, Polimeks İnşaat, SAHA Association, Taha Tatlıcı, T. Garanti Bankası AŞ, Vehbi Koç Foundation, Zafer Yıldırım, and Yıldız Holding AŞ.

The 14th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, curated by Rem Koolhaas, will be held from 7 June to 23 November 2014. The biennale, entitled "Fundamentals", will feature a number of country pavilions in Giardini and Arsenale, besides the main exhibition.
The 55th International Art Exhibition attracted over 475 thousand visitors.

The 55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, ran from 1 June to 24 November 2013. The Pavilion of Turkey in the Artigliere, Arsenale presented Ali Kazma's video series "Resistance" under the curatorship of Emre Baykal. The Venice Biennale, which featured 88 country pavilions including Turkey, besides curator Massimiliano Gioni's main exhibition entitled "The Encyclopaedic Palace", was visited by over 475,000 people during the six months it was open.

The Pavilion of Turkey is organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, sponsored by FIAT and Vehbi Koç Foundation and realised under the auspices of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Republic of Turkey, with the contribution of the Promotion Fund of the Turkish Prime Ministry. SAHA Association gave support to the production of Ali Kazma's video series "Resistance".

The curator of the Turkish Pavilion in the 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, will be announced by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts in 2014.

Venice Biennale Pavilion of Turkey, Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia
Venice Biennale Pavilion of Turkey, Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia

The Pavilion of Turkey at Biennale Architettura 2014

on Monday, 28 October 2013. Posted in Art News, January, ---2014---

Related Article: Permanent Venue for Turkey at Venice Biennale


The Pavilion of Turkey, which, for the first time, will participate in the 14th International Architecture Exhibition that will run from 7 June through to 23 November 2014, has Murat Tabanlıoğlu appointed as curator and Pelin Derviş as project coordinator. Coordinated by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, the Pavilion of Turkey will be located at Arsenale, one of the main venues of the Venice Biennale, for 20 years from 2014 to 2034, thanks to the contributions of 21 supporters that allowed the allotment.

An alumnus of the Vienna Technical University Architecture Department, Murat Tabanlıoğlu had already gained valuable experience through his works with distinguished architects in Vienna when he returned to Turkey in 1990 to found the Tabanlıoğlu Architecture with his father Dr. Hayati Tabanlıoğlu. He designed the Doğan Media Center, a home also to the Milliyet Newspaper. Mr. Tabanlıoğlu teaches architectural studio at various universities, including Bilgi University, and gives lectures both home and abroad. As a jury member, in addition to his international contributions, such as at AIA and WAF, Mr. Tabanlıoğlu served on the Master Jury for the 2013 Cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Pelin Derviş graduated from the Istanbul Technical University in architecture and completed her master’s degree in history of architecture at the same university. After working in her architectural practice on projects of various types and dimensions ranging from urban inventory projects to spatial and object design for 14 years she focused on the cultural production aspect of architecture. Working as an independent editor and curator in Istanbul, architect Pelin Derviş' special fields of interest include the documentation of modern architectural production and the contemporary urban issues of Istanbul.

IKSV has formed a Scientific Committee to provide curator Murat Tabanlıoğlu and project coordinator Pelin Derviş with the necessary academic support and counselling in their project for the biennial. The Scientific Committee comprises academicians who work on architecture and history of architecture, including Istanbul Technical University Faculty of Architecture lecturer Prof. Dr. Arzu Erdem, Istanbul Şehir University Sociology Department lecturer and Director of the Center for Urban Studies Prof. Dr. Murat Güvenç, Aga Khan Award for Architecture former General Secretary and President of the World Architecture Community Prof. Dr. Suha Özkan, and Mardin Artuklu University Dean of Faculty of Architecture Prof. Dr. Uğur Tanyeli.

The 14th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, will be curated by Rem Koolhaas, on 7 June - 23 November 2014. The biennale, entitled "Fundamentals", will feature a number of country pavilions in Giardini and Arsenale, besides the main exhibition. The details regarding the Pavilion of Turkey will be announced in the first months of 2014.

Turkey in the Venice Biennale for the next 20 years On the initiation of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts and with the gracious support of 21 persons and institutions, Turkey is obtaining a long-term venue in the Venice Biennale, one of the world's leading contemporary art and architecture events. The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts will be coordinating the Pavilion of Turkey that will take part in the Venice Biennale's both International Art Exhibition and Architecture Exhibition, and the commissioner will be IKSV's International Projects Coordinator Tuna Ortaylı.

The supporting persons and institutions that have contributed in providing Turkey with a permanent venue in Venice include Akbank, Mehveş-Dalınç Arıburnu, Nezih Barut, Ali Raif Dinçkök, Vuslat Doğan Sabancı, Füsun-Faruk Eczacıbaşı, Oya-Bülent Eczacıbaşı, Enka Foundation, Nesrin Esirtgen, Eti Gıda San. ve Tic. AŞ, Kadir Has University, Öner Kocabeyoğlu, MAÇAKIZI, Tansa Mermerci Ekşioğlu, Polimeks İnşaat, SAHA Association, Taha Tatlıcı, T. Garanti Bankası AŞ, Vehbi Koç Foundation, Zafer Yıldırım, and Yıldız Holding AŞ.

Murat Tabanlioglu (Curator) and Pelin Dervis (Project Coordinator)
Murat Tabanlioglu (Curator) and Pelin Dervis (Project Coordinator)

Baksi Museum awarded The Council of Europe Museum Prize for 2014

on Monday, 28 October 2013. Posted in Art News, January, ---2014---

Related Article: The Pavillion of Turkey at Biennale Architettura 2014


The Council of Europe Museum Prize for 2014 has been awarded to the Baksi Museum in Bayburt (Turkey) by the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

This museum is an example of the personal vision of its founder, Hüsamettin Koçan, and 160 contemporary artists around him, who aspired to bring a high standard of art and design to an under-developed rural area of Northern Anatolia. The museum aims to bridge the gap between the centre and the periphery, helping the local population to remain culturally and economically rooted in their territory and to sustain cultural memory by reviving traditional weaving and textile manufacturing.

According to Museum Prize rapporteur Vesna Marjanovic (Serbia, SOC), “this museum, its governance and the activities associated with it, provide a very inspiring model of how the principles of the Council of Europe Faro Convention on the value of cultural heritage for society can be adopted to fit locally.”

The Council of Europe Museum Prize has been awarded annually since 1977 to a museum judged to have made a significant contribution to the understanding of European cultural heritage.

The winning museum will be presented with a bronze statuette, “La femme aux beaux seins” by Joan Miró, which the museum will keep for a year, as well as a diploma.

The prize is decided by the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) on the basis of a shortlist presented by a jury of the European Museum Forum, and forms part of the European Museum of the Year Awards.

Recent winners include the Museum of Liverpool, United Kingdom (2013), the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum in Cologne, Germany (2012) and the Portimão Museum in Portugal (2010).

Baksi Museum Bayburt
Baksi Museum, Bayburt. Photo: Courtesy Baksi Museum

Burak Delier receives New Iniva Fund

on Monday, 28 October 2013. Posted in Art News, January, ---2014---

Related Article: Fatma Bucak receives 13th Illy Present Future Prize


Turkish artist Burak Delier, whose work explores capitalism through art, was announced the first to benefit from Iniva's new Commissions and Exhibitions Fund. Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) will commission new work from the artist to be exhibited for the first time in the UK in March 2014.

The Iniva Commissions and Exhibitions Fund will provide the next generation of artists from around the world with the opportunity to create new work, offering them creative freedom in terms of content, and supporting them to take their careers to the next level. The Fund has been established through the proceeds of an auction of works generously donated by artists who were supported by Iniva earlier in their careers. The first works, sold at auction through Sotheby's in February 2013, were donated by Yinka Shonibare MBE, Mona Hatoum, David Adjaye and Peter Randall-Page.

The new commission from Burak Delier, to be shown at Rivington Place from 26 March - 17 May 2014, will enable him to critique society in a way that is relevant to Turkey and beyond. Delier's work incorporates guerrilla art tactics and absurdist humour, often employing the strategies of the neo-liberal media with which he disagrees. Delier engages with questions of how artistic and capitalistic forms of production overlap. His practice takes on various media from video to installation and is often produced with others, whether through performances, or by the participants becoming part of his research to produce the artworks themselves.

Delier's 2012 work Collector's Wish explored the questions of how an artist reconciles his integrity with the vested interests of the commissioner, and whose agency, the artist or the commissioner, the resulting artwork ultimately expresses. In the work Delier documented his conversations with a well-known art patron, displaying what he was instructed to create.

"We're delighted to be launching the first Iniva Commissions and Exhibitions Fund artist. It is important artists are given the freedom to question society and this Fund gives them the support and opportunity to do just that. Burak Delier is not only commenting on the Turkish situation, but an economic system upon which so many of our societies are based." Comments Tessa Jackson OBE, Chief Executive of Iniva.

"Iniva played an important role in helping to establish my career at a crucial stage. I'm delighted that my donation is helping them to support other international artists and give them a significant platform in London." Yinka Shonibare MBE, artist.

"The work of Iniva is vital for maintaining a healthy visual arts ecology. The growing internationalisation of contemporary art has been shaped by organisations such as Iniva and initiatives like their Commissions and Exhibitions Fund enables new voices to be heard." Chris Dercon, Director of Tate Modern.

Burak Delier, Crisis and Control, 2013, video still
Burak Delier, Crisis and Control, 2013, video still. Photo: Courtesy the artist and Pilot Gallery Istanbul

Fatma Bucak wins the 13th Illy Present Future prize

on Monday, 28 October 2013. Posted in Art News, January, ---2014---

Related Article: Burak Delier receives new Iniva Fund


Fatma Bucak (Alberto Peola Gallery, Turin) and Caroline Achaintre (Arcade Gallery, London) are both winners of the 13th edition of the illy Present Future Prize

The winners of the 13th edition of the illy Present Future Prize, dedicated to the most creative emerging talents, have been nominated by Carlo Bach, Art Director of illycaffè and Sarah Cosulich Canarutto, Director of Artissima 2013.

The jury panel has awarded Fatma Bucak with the following motivations:

“Fatma Bucak employed twelve elderly men – as both performers and audience – to create a kind of improvised theatre. Using humour – that is reminiscent of Samuel Beckett – her work touches on the complex narratives of place, gender and history in unexpected and refreshing ways.”

Since 2012 the partnership between Artissima and illycaffè has been strengthened by a formula attesting their growing and mutual collaboration. This year the illy Present Future Prize will allow the setting up of an art exhibition scheduled for 2014, in fall, at Castello di Rivoli dedicated to the winners selected by the international jury among twenty-four participants. This decision stresses once more the will shared by Artissima and illycaffè to keep developing in an innovative way the experience made in the international art research.

illy Present Future becomes therefore a further improvement of the exhibition project of Turin art institutions, and bears witness of a direct link between the research of Artissima on the global young art, and the will of Turin museums to be constantly committed to interpret contemporary art in a critic and profitable way.

Curatorial Committee of Present Future – ARTISSIMA 2013

Luigi Fassi (coordinator), Visual Curatore Arti Visive, Steirischer Herbst, Graz
Alex Gartenfeld, Curatore, Moca North Miami, Miami
Krist Gruijthuijsen, Direttore Artistico, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz
Robert Leckie, Curatore, Gasworks, London
Qinyi Lim, Curatrice, Para Site, Hong Kong
Alice Motard, Vice Director and Chief Curator, Raven Row, London

Jury of illy Present Future Prize – ARTISSIMA 2013

Defne Ayas, Director, Witte De With Center of Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
Matthew Higgs, Director, White Columns, New York
Beatrice Merz, Director, Castello di Rivoli, Turin
Joanna Mytkowska, Director, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw

Fatma Bucak: Blessed are you who come - conversation on the Turkish-Armenian border (2012)
Fatma Bucak, Blessed are you who come - conversation on the Turkish-Armenian border (2012) Image: Courtesy the artist

Canan Tolon Exhibition at Parasol Unit in London

on Monday, 28 October 2013. Posted in Art News, January, ---2014---

Related Article: Burak Delier receives the new Iniva Fund


Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art will present a solo exhibition of works by Turkish-born artist Canan Tolon from 15 January - 16 March 2014. This, her first major exhibition in a London institution, provides in-depth insight into her works from 1986 to the present day. It includes Futur imparfait, 1986–1999, a series of 33 ink-wash and crayon figurative drawings that were recently acquired by the British Museum. At Parasol unit they will be on show all together for the first time in the UK.

Canan Tolon was born in Istanbul and grew up in various European countries. After earning her baccalauréat from the École Française d’Istanbul in Turkey, in 1975, she studied design in Edinburgh and London. In 1980, she received a BA from Middlesex Polytechnic / Architectural Association, London, and that same year moved to the Bay Area of San Francisco to study for a Masters in Architecture at the University of California at Berkeley. After graduating in 1983 she worked for about ten years in several architecture offices while continuing her work in the visual arts. Her paintings and installations have been exhibited internationally. She has works in a number of major public collections, including the British Museum, London; Istanbul Modern; IKSV (Istanbul Foundation for Culture and the Arts); the Nesrin Esirtgen Collection, Istanbul, Turkey; and the di Rosa Collection, Napa, USA.

Canan Tolon lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA and in Istanbul, Turkey.

This exhibition is curated by Ziba Ardalan, Founder/Director of Parasol unit.

Canan Tolon: Sidesteps is accompanied by a comprehensive book, including an artist interview by Ziba Ardalan and essays by Bill Berkson and John Yau, published by Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art. A related programme of educational events at the gallery will include lectures, poetry readings, animation and storytelling workshops.

Canan Tolon, ‘Untitled’, 1999.
Left: Canan Tolon, ‘Untitled’, 1999. Black oil paint on Mylar, Sheet size 36 x 28 cm (14 x 11 in). Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Benjamin Blackwell Canan Tolon Untitled

Right: Canan Tolon, ‘Untitled (polyptych)’, 2001. Rust and pigment on canvas, 267 x 274 cm (105 x 108 in). Collection Pınar and Hakan Ertaç. Photo: Hakan Aydoğan

Moiz Zilberman merging his Istanbul Galleries

on Monday, 28 October 2013. Posted in Art News, January, ---2014---

Related Article: Baksi Museum awarded the Council of Europe Museum Prize for 2014


Zilberman is merging their sister galleries CDA-Projects and Galeri Zilberman and will operate under the name Galeri Zilberman at their existing venues on the 2nd and 3rd floors of Misir Apartmani in Istanbul.

The galleries will continue to host catalogued exhibitions of their represented artists, as well as incorporate new ideas and projects of guest curators in their program. Galeri Zilberman will also continue offering financial support and visibility to young artists by hosting Genc Yeni Farkli (Young Fresh Different), as well as promoting artistic projects with a 10.000 Euro grant. In its third year, lecture performances, debates and talks shaped around the Grant which will still be organised at Kat1 in Misir Apartmani’s 1st floor.

Searching for Istanbul – Turkish artists at MAK Vienna

on Monday, 28 January 2013. Posted in Art News, January, ---2013---

Past and Future at Istanbul Modern


The exhibition „Signs Taken in Wonder“ at MAK Vienna surveyed the work of 33 international contemporary artists from three generations and their production in the context of the city of Istanbul, a city shaped by European, Oriental and Asian influences from 23 January until 21 April 2013.

The inspiration of the curatorial theme was taken from an essay by Homi K. Bhabha about the phenomenon of amazement experienced during the discovery of a new, foreign language and culture. The significance of literature as a medium to communicate notions of foreign cultures and narration as a subject of contemporary art is central to the concept of this exhibition.

Another source playing into the theme mentioned by the curators Simon Rees and Bärbel Vischer is Franco Moretti’s book Signs Taken for Wonders (London, 1983) dealing with world literatures and culture in translation and with the significance of translation for the construction of collective “world views.” Also Turkish authors like Orhan Pamuk, Mario Levi and international authors like Pierre Loti refer to similar notions in their texts.

A prominent work of the show was Nam June Paik Award winner Cevdet Erek's minimal installation on the ceiling of the central exhibition hall, which was illuminated through the museum's skylight construction. Referring to the history and structure of MAK’s 19th century building, Erek uses daylight as formative element of the exhibition, alluding to his interest in rhythm and space.

Cevdet Erek, „re-Illumination
Cevdet Erek, „re-Illumination, 2013, exhibition view at MAK Vienna, 2013. Photo: MAK/ Katrin Wißkirchen

Another interesting work in the exhibition was Emre Hüner’s major installation „A Little Larger than the Entire Universe,“ that was recently shown at Manifesta 9. In this work the artist collects fragments and narratives as diverse as the NASA space-program, utopian dreams, ceramics based on forms taken from nature, hand-tools, creating a dialogue between science, progress, and visionary thinking.

Emre Hüner, a Little Larger than the Entire universe
Emre Hüner, a Little Larger than the Entire universe, 2012, exhibition view MAK Vienna, 2013. Photo: MAK/ Katrin Wißkirchen

Emre Hüner, a Little Larger than the Entire universe
Emre Hüner, a Little Larger than the Entire universe, 2012, Detail. Photo: MAK/ Katrin Wißkirchen

Füsun Onur produced a new hand-beaded textile work for the MAK exhibition dealing with discourses of identity and gender by combining traditional crafts with new technologies.

Füsun Onur, miracle (symphonic poem)“
Füsun Onur, miracle (symphonic poem), 2013, textile, beads, 300 x 150 cm. exhibition view MAK Vienna 2013. Photo: MAK/ Katrin Wißkirchen

At the same time, German artist Marcel Odenbach’s two-screen video Männergeschichten 1 (Men Stories 1), underscores male ritual played exemplified by being shaved at a barber’s shop.

Marcel Odenbach, Männergeschichten 1
Marcel Odenbach, Männergeschichten 1, 2003, 2 channel video installation, 10’. Photo: Courtesy Sharjah Art Foundation

Participating Artists: Hamra Abbas / Murat Akagündüz / Yeşim Akdeniz / Eylem Aladoğan / Meriç Algün Ringborg / Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin / Halil Altındere / CANAN / Aslı Çavuşoğlu / Cengiz Çekil / Banu Cennetoğlu / Mutlu Çerkez / Antonio Cosentino / Canan Dagdelen / Lukas Duwenhögger / Cevdet Erek / Erdem Ergaz / Murat Gök / Nilbar Güreş / Sibel Horada / Emre Hüner / Aki Nagasaka / Olaf Nicolai / Marcel Odenbach / Ahmet Öğüt / Füsun Onur / Mario Rizzi / Nasra Şimmes / Erdem Taşdelen / Cengiz Tekin / Güneş Terkol / İrem Tok / Uygur Yılmaz

The exhibition is accompanied by the catalogue SIGNS TAKEN IN WONDER: Searching for Contemporary Art about Istanbul, edited by Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Simon Rees and Bärbel Vischer, texts by Vasif Kortun, Mario Levi, Markus Neuwirth, Bige Örer, Nikos Papastergiadis, Simon Rees, Gerhard Roiss, Christoph Thun-Hohenstein and Bärbel Vischer, German/English, c. 192 pages, MAK Vienna / Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern 2013.

Nejad Melih Devrim painting highlights Beyaz Art’s March Sale

on Monday, 18 March 2013. Posted in Art News, March, ---2013---

Contemporary Art Museum auctions off its Collection


On 17 March 2013 Beyaz Müzayede Auction House offered 264 works of Turkish and international contemporary art in its 23rd auction at the Sofa Hotel, including 10 pieces by Burhan Doğançay, 4 of them from the „Ribbons Series,“ as well as 4 works by Nejad Melih Devrim, 2 of them from his 1950 period. Other artists represented in the sale were Alaettin Aksoy, Mehmet Güleryüz, Ömer Uluç, Komet and Taner Ceylan.

Devrim’s “Abstract Composition” was the highlight of the sale, fetching TRL 1,100,000. Doğançay’s work “Untitled” was sold for TRL 190,000, while Uluç’s “Woman on all fours and Men tottering” went for TRL 450,000. Nejad Melih Devrim’s famous painting of his wife ‘Maria A Chantres’ from 1947, which is part of every book about the artist, sold for TRL 250,000.

Komet’s “The Vessel of Effigy” fetched TRL 200,000 , Alaettin Aksoy’s “A Bayram Morning in Sulukule,” went for TRL 100,000, Mehmet Güleryüz’s “The Homosexual and the Sailor,”for TRL210,000. Ömer Uluç’s “Magician and Lovers” was sold for TRL 425,000.

Komet, The Vessel of Effigy
Komet, The Vessel of Effigy, 1992, oil on canvas, 98 x 195 cm. Sold for TRL 200,000 (Estimate: TRL 140,000-180,000) Photo: Beyaz Art

Nejad Melih Devrim, Abstract Composition and Maria A Chantres
Left: Nejad Melih Devrim, Abstract Composition, 1955, oil on canvas, 197 x 96 cm. Sold for TRL 1,100,000 (Estimate: TRL 500,000-700,000) Photo: Beyaz Art
Right: Nejad Melih Devrim, Maria A Chantres, 1947, acrylic on canvas, 80 x 65 cm. Sold for TRL 250,000 (Estimate: TRL 80,000-110,000) Photo: Beyaz Art

Burhan Dogancay, Untitled
Burhan Dogancay, Untitled, 1977, acrylic on canvas, 122,5 x 121,9 cm. Sold for TRL 190,000 (Estimate: TRL 170,000-220,000) Photo: Beyaz Art

Ömer Uluc, Woman on all fours and Men tottering
Ömer Uluc, Woman on all fours and Men tottering, 1987, acrylic on canvas, 144 x 210 cm. Sold for TRL 450,000 (Estimate: TRL 350,000-450,000) Photo: Beyaz Art

Aksoy and Guleryuz
Left: Alaettin Aksoy, A Bayram Morning in Sulukule, 1988, oil on canvas ,114 x 146 cm. Sold for TRL 100,000 (Estimate: TRL 80,000-110,000) Photo: Beyaz Art
Right: Mehmet Güleryüz, The Homosexual and the Sailor, 1987, oil on canvas, 190 x 130 cm. Sold for TRL 210,000 (Estimate: TRL 180,000-240,000) Photo: Beyaz Art

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