Hera Büyüktaşçıyan at Delfina Foundation

on Monday, 05 May 2014. Posted in May, ---2014---

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Hera Büyüktaşçıyan was recently invited to participate at the Delfina Foundation Residency in London in summer 2014.

Hera Büyüktaşçıyan was born in Istanbul in 1984 with Greek-Armenian heritage. She graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Marmara University in 2006. Since then, she has held several solo exhibitions and participated in many group exhibitions in Turkey and abroad. Her work relates to questions of identity, belonging, xenophobia, socio-cultural themes and self memory. She uses metaphors from iconographic elements, stories, quotes and self narratives.

In 2013, Büyüktaşçıyan was nominated for the Turkish finalist of Henkel Art Award 2013. She currently lives and works in Istanbul.

Founded in 2007, Delfina Foundation promotes cross-cultural dialogue and artistic experimentation creating opportunities for emerging and established artists, curators and writers to reflect on what they do, position their practice within relevant global discourse, create career-defining research and commissions, and network with colleagues. They forge international collaborations to build shared platforms to incubate, to present and to discuss common practices and themes.

Hera Buyuktasciyan at Delfina Foundation
Hera Buyuktasciyan. Photo: Courtesy Hera Buyuktasciyan

Andy Warhol in Istanbul at Pera Museum

on Friday, 02 May 2014. Posted in May, ---2014---

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To be exhibited in Turkey for the first time, silk screen series and prints by Andy Warhol will be on view in a show titled Pop Art For Everyone at Pera Museum in Istanbul this summer. The exhibition is composed of selected works of Andy Warhol from the Zoya Museum Private Collection in Slovakia, Modra. Iconic works such as Campbell’s Soup, Cowboys and Indians, Endangered Species, and Flowers will be accompanied by portraits of well-known important figures. The works will be on show until 20 July.

Andy Warhol at Pera Museum
Andy Warhol, Flowers, 1970, Portfolio of ten works, Ed. 108/250, Silkscreen, 91.4 x 91.4 cm
Photo: ©2014 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Demsa Collection hires Zaha Hadid

on Sunday, 04 May 2014. Posted in May, ---2014---

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About 15 years ago Demet and Cengiz Çetindoğan started to build up the Demsa Collection, which officially became part of Demsa Group in 2006 and today is in the process of being transformed into a public museum.

The architectural project for the Demsa Museum has been developed by Zaha Hadid, one of the most acclaimed architects of our times. In her design, Hadid reinterpreted Turkish architectural forms such as the muqarnas and the stars in a modern way. The project is being realised in collaboration with GCAM and Thomas Krens, former director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim in New York City, who is currently overseeing the completion of the Frank Gehry designed Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.

One part of the Demsa Collection comprises works of Calligraphy and includes works dating from the ninth to the mid twentieth century and is the largest such private collection in Turkey. The second part consists of classical, modern and contemporary works of Turkish art, starting with 19th century Turkish paintings with first examples of canvas painting. With over 2000 artworks, Demsa Collection is the first private collection in Turkey to portray the evolution and development of Turkish art history with exemplary works from artists with masterpieces from different periods. The third part of the collection is newly formed with international contemporary acquisitions.

The museum is scheduled to open its doors at the end of 2015.

Rampa at Frieze New York

on Saturday, 03 May 2014. Posted in May, ---2014---

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Istanbul based gallery Rampa will participate in Frieze New York, taking place from 9-12 May this year. On show will be works by CANAN, Nevin Aladağ, Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin, Vahap Avşar, Ergin Cavuşoğlu, Cengiz Çekil, Hatice Güleryüz, Selma Gürbüz, Nilbar Güreş, Gülsün Karamustafa, Servet Koçyigit, Ahmet Oran, Güçlü Öztekin and Erinç Seymen. You can visit the gallery at Booth B14 at Randall’s Island Park New York.

Frieze ferry services run from the 35th Street Ferry Dock on the East River every 20-30 minutes during fair opening hours. Frieze bus services run from outside the Guggenheim Museum on 5th Avenue between 88th and 89th Streets approximately every 10 minutes during fair opening hours.

Nilbar Güreş
Nilbar Güreş, Cloth-Skirt, 2011, photography, 180 x 120 cm. Photo: Courtesy the artist and Rampa

Cengiz Çekil, Waxings
Cengiz Çekil, Waxings, 1999, 50 x 50 cm each. Photo: Courtesy the artist and Rampa

Gülsün Karamustafa
Gülsün Karamustafa, Talisman, 2013, mixed media, 103 x 58 cm. Photo: Courtesy the artist and Rampa

Halil Altindere at MOMA PS1

on Thursday, 01 May 2014. Posted in May, ---2014---

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MoMA PS1 shows the first museum presentation of Halil Altindere's work in the United States. The exhibition titled Halil Altindere: Wonderland is organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Director MoMA PS1, and Chief Curator at Large, The Museum of Modern Art, with Mia Locks, Curatorial Associate, MoMA PS1.

Since the mid-1990s, Halil Altindere (Turkish, b. 1971) has emerged as one of the most prominent contemporary artists in Turkey with a multifaceted practice that ranges from video, sculpture, photography, installation, and performance to collaborative editorial and curatorial projects. His work examines the systems of power deeply embedded in Turkish culture with poignant reflections on broader questions of belief, belonging, alienation, and resistance.

Wonderland (2013) documents the anger and frustration of a group of youths from the Sulukule neighborhood of Istanbul, a historic area home to Romani communities since the Byzantine Empire that has been increasingly demolished since 2006 as part of an “urban renewal” development project. Presented in the style of music video, Wonderland captures the young men of the hip-hop group Tahribad-ı isyan, rapping about inequality and gentrification as they are simultaneously confronted by the police.

Altindere’s work will be on show until 11 May.

Halil Altindere, Wonderland
Halil Altindere, Wonderland, February 2013, video still. Photo: Courtesy the artist and Pilot

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