M HKA Antwerp hosts Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin exhibition

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The exhibition titled 'Democratic luxury' has been developed as a collaboration between The Museum of Modern Art in Antwerp (M HKA) and RAMPA Gallery, Istanbul, with the displays across both venues together forming a major retrospective of the work of Alptekin. The display at RAMPA runs from 2 September 2015 until 14 November 2015 and the one in Antwerp from 16 October 2015 until 31 January 2016.

“I investigate the beauty and the vulgar and the relationship between them.”

Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin (Izmir, 1957–Istanbul, 2007) was fascinated by the difference between the promise of something and its banal reality. This promise could lie in the name of a cheap hotel offering the experience of a distant place, or in the branding of a mass-produced product unconvincingly simulating luxuriousness or exoticism. Alptekin was an artist that saw the profound effects of global capitalism on the everyday, observing the movement of people and products across geographies, particularly in the period following the collapse of the Soviet Union. He himself was also a traveller, studious of forms of feral capitalism surging from places considered the fringes of western modernity. It is the signifiers and remnants of all this – traces of the burgeoning effects of mobility, trade and image circulation – that Alptekin used as the materials for his art-making, as a means for contemplating what it all represented.

Part of the first generation of Turkish artists considered to be globally active and nationally influential, Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin is considered one of the most significant figures in the established contemporary art scene of Istanbul. The exhibition Democratic luxury is a major retrospective of his practice, bringing together works produced during the two decades either side of the new millennium. Since the early 1990s, Alptekin focused on an artistic production broad in scope, which included photographs, sculptures, installation, neon text, videos and collages. It is ‘plastic art’ reflecting the prosaic material qualities of ‘global junk’ that came with the flow of trans-national free-market capitalism. This dislocation with geography recurs as a thematic strand in much of his practice, analysing how a society’s representations of ‘other’ places conform to our desires and stereotypes. Democratic luxury aims to take us deeper into the thought-processes of the exhibited works through the inclusion of a selection of studies, drawings and notes from the Alptekin archive. The exhibition will also consider his collaborative initiatives with other artists such as the Bunker Research Group, the Barn Research Group or the Sea Elephant Travel Agency which aspired to organise a ‘floating laboratory’ for artists and thinkers to circumnavigate the Black Sea, developing critical discussions and artistic exchange, all-the-while tracing the route taken by the protagonist in Jules Verne’s novel Kéraban the Inflexible (1883).

Curator: Nav Haq

Huseyin Bahri Alptekin, Turk Truck
Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin, Turk Truck, 1995/2013, Courtesy the Estate of Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin, M. D. Morris, Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz and Rampa Istanbul, Photo: Bram Goots

Huseyin Bahri Alptekin with M D Morris, Heterotopia
Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin with M D Morris, Heterotopia, 1995/2013, Courtesy the Estate of Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin, M. D. Morris, Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz and Rampa Istanbul

Maxxi Museum hosts major survey of Contemporary Art from Turkey

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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

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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.

Turkish Galleries at viennacontemporary 2015

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Taking place from 24 until 27 September 2015 viennacontemporary hosts 2 galleries from Turkey this year: Galeri Zilberman and SANATORIUM

With a consolidated focus on galleries from Eastern Europe and the participation of almost all leading Viennese galleries, the fair keeps strengthening the status of Vienna as an attractive venue for contemporary art.

This year for the first time, galleries Christian Lethert and Hammelehle and Ahrens from Cologne is present at the fair. Two more new entrants at viennacontemporary come from Paris: Bernard Bouche, who brings three artistic positions to Vienna (Carlo Guaita, John Murphy, and José Pedro Croft) and Caroline Smulders with a solo presentation of Tokyo-born artist Kimiko Yoshida. Other newcomers from Western Europe include Boccanera from Trento and Anna Jill Lüpertz from Berlin. Stefan Lundgren Gallery from Palma de Mallorca/Spain presents two US artists, Luis Gispert and Jacolby Satterwhite, for the first time in Vienna. Further interesting new participants come from the focus region Eastern Europe, such as up-and-coming Triangle Gallery from Moscow. Yay Gallery, which was founded in 2012, comes from Baku/Azerbaijan. Eastward Prospectus from Bucharest, which was only founded last year by Andrei Breahnă and Raluca Şoaita, show a solo presentation of Marilena Preda Sânc at the fair. And for the first time, Fait Gallery from Brno/Czech Republic joins viennacontemporary this year.

After the focus countries Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Belarus (2012), Georgia and Poland (2013) and Azerbaijan (2014), viennacontemporary is taking a look at Bulgaria in 2015 with "Focus Bulgaria".

With its presentation format REFLECTIONS, viennacontemporary underlines the curatorial aspect of gallery work and offers participating galleries a particular presentation platform for exhibitions that have been specifically conceived for the fair.

Viennacontemporary’s ZONE1 allows galleries to present young artists in solo exhibitions at special conditions. The project, which up to now has been restricted to Austrian galleries, are also be open to international artists this year.

Galeri Zilberman shows works by Arda Bağcık, Extrastruggle and Guido Casaretto.

Galeri Zilberman - Seroquel 1, 2, 3,  2015
Galeri Zilberman - Alpin Arda Bağcık, Seroquel 1, 2, 3, 2015, charcoal on canvas, 12x18 cm (each)
Courtesy of the artist and Galeri Zilberman, Istanbul, Turkey

Galeri Zilberman - Extrastruggle
Galeri Zilberman - Extrastruggle, Revolution, 2014, an old bayonet and a crochet coverlet, 15 x 47 x 53 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Galeri Zilberman, Istanbul, Turkey

SANATORIUM is present at the fair with works by Yağız Özgen, Çağla Köseoğulları and Orhan Cem Çetin.

Sanatorium - Orhan Cem Cetin
SANATORIUM - Orhan Cem Cetin, silver planet stopp, 2014, 1200px, web, pigment print
Courtesy of SANATORIUM, Istanbul, Turkey

Exhibitor List viennacontemporary 2015

Artelier Contemporary, Graz, bäckerstrasse, Vienna,
bechter kastowsky galerie, Vienna, Viktor Bucher, Vienna,
Charim Galerie, Vienna,
Galerie Chobot, Vienna,
Galerie Heike Curtze und Petra Seiser, Vienna/Salzburg, Kerstin Engholm
Galerie, Vienna,
Lukas Feichtner Galerie, Vienna,
Galerie Lisi Hämmerle, Bregenz,
Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna/Jersey City,
Galerie Andreas Huber, Vienna,
Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna,
Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna,
Raum mit Licht, Vienna,
Christine König Galerie, Vienna,
Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna,
Knoll Galérie, Vienna/Budapest,
KROBATH, Vienna/Berlin,
KONZETT Gallery, Wien,
Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Salzburg/Vienna, Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna,
Nächst St. Stephan, Vienna,
O W G, Vienna,
Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Salzburg/Paris,
Galerie Nikolaus Ruzicska, Salzburg,
Gabriele Senn Galerie, Vienna,
Galerie Silvia Steinek, Vienna,
Galerie Schmidt, Reith i A.,
Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Innsbruck/Vienna,
unttld contemporary, Vienna,
Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna,

Yay Gallery, Baku,

Geukens & De Vil, Antwerpen/Knokke, D+T Project Gallery, Brussels,

BULGARIA – Focus Bulgaria
SARIEV Contemporary, Plovdiv,
Open Arts Foundation, Plovdiv,
Institute of Contemporary Art-Sofia, Sofia,
Art Affairs and Documents Foundation, Sofia,

SVIT, Prague,

Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen,

Temnikova & Kasela gallery, Tallinn,

Gallery Taik Persons, Helsinki/Berlin,

GALERIE BERNARD BOUCHE, Paris, Galerie Christophe Gaillard, Paris,
Galerie Caroline Smulders, Paris,

Popiashvili Gvaberidze Window Project, Tbilisi,

Ambacher Contemporary, Munich, Anna Jill Lüpertz Gallery, Berlin,
Andreas Binder, Munich,
Galerie Crone, Berlin/Vienna,
DIEHL, Berlin,
Galerie Hammelehle und Ahrens, Cologne,
Galerie Hollenbach, Stuttgart,
KOW, Berlin,
Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne,
Loock Galerie, Berlin,
LRRH_, Berlin/Cologne,
Galerie Rothamel, Erfurt,
Galerie Michael Schultz, Berlin/Seoul/Beijing,

acb Gallery, Budapest, Chimera-Project, Budapest,
Ani Molnár Gallery, Budapest,

Boccanera, Trento,

Galerija Vartai, Vilnius,

Czułość, Warsaw, Galeria Dawid Radziszewski, Warsaw, Kasia Michalski Gallery, Warsaw,
Propaganda, Warsaw,
Raster, Warsaw,
Stereo, Warsaw,

418 Contemporary Art Gallery, Bucharest,
: BARIL, Cluj-Napoca,
Anca Poterașu Gallery, Bucharest,
EASTWARDS PROSPECTUS, Bucharest, Ivan, Bucharest,
JECZA GALLERY, Timisoara, Plan B, Berlin/Cluj,

Galerie Iragui, Moscow,
Pechersky Gallery, Moscow, pop/off/art gallery Moscow/Berlin, Regina Gallery, Moscow, Triangle Gallery, Moscow,
Triumph Gallery, Moscow,

Roman Fecik Gallery, Bratislava,

Galerija Škuc, Ljubljana, P74 Gallery, Ljubljana, Photon Gallery, Ljublijana,


Gallery H.A.N., Seoul,

Galerie Clemens Gunzer, Zurich/Kitzbühel, Galerie Mezzanin, Geneva,
Galerie Nicola von Senger, Zurich,

SANATORIUM, Istanbul, Galeri Zilberman, Istanbul,

Carbon 12, Dubai,

Richard Saltoun, London,

Die Angewandte, Austria,
BLOCKFREI, Verein für Kultur und Kommunikation, Austria,
curated by_vienna, Austria,
GROUND, Russian Federation,
Kunsthalle Wien, Austria,
Manege/MediaArtLab, Russian Federation, / Praktika Theatre, Russian Federation,
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Russian Federation,
RDI Culture, Russian Federation,

Contemporary Istanbul celebrates its 10th Anniversary

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Contemporary Istanbul is presenting an extensive programme for the launch of its 10th edition taking place from 12–15 November 2015 at the Istanbul Congress Centre (ICC) and Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre (ICEC).

For its 10th anniversary, Contemporary Istanbul brings together more than 700 artworks and 102 leading and emerging galleries from 28 cities across 24 countries, including 23 galleries that are taking part for the first time. Participating galleries were selected by CI’s Artistic Advisor Marc-Olivier Wahler, with selection committee members Kerimcan Güleryüz, Nathalie
Mamane–Cohen and Freda Rozenbaum-Uziyel.

This year features the third iteration of CI Plugin, the new media section of the fair dedicated to the concept of digital art and design, while Contemporary Tehran explores contemporary art in Tehran. Along with these exciting projects is the addition of an initiative curated by the Australia China Art Foundation, showcasing Chinese artists, and CI Solo Shows, where five galleries select an outstanding artist to highlight.


Each year CI Focus showcases a cutting-edge selection of contemporary art from a specific geographic region or a relevant subject. This year, the focus is on several exceptional galleries from Tehran, featuring works by emerging and established aritts such as Ali Akbar Sadeghi (Shirin Gallery); Morehshin Allahyari (Lajevardi Foundation); Nasser Bakhshi (Aaran Art Gallery); Houman Mortazavi (Dastan’s Basement) and Babak Roshaninejad (Assar Art Gallery). As part of this year’s Focus program, 12 works from The Mobarqa Collection, owned by Nadeer Mobarqa and his wife, are on display. This exceptional collection of over 600 works of Iranian modern and contemporary art includes drawings, installations, paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture and video art.


Presented at the ICEC, Plugin features a selection of galleries, architecture and design studios and new media related initiatives that respond to the curatorial theme of X-CHANGE, exploring emerging practices of production and interaction in contemporary media cultures. Curated by Dr. Ebru Yetiskin, x-change represents an array of gentres including sound and light installations, inetic sculptures, interactive and generative design, hologram installations and robotic designs. Independent artists featured are Bager Akbay, Can Büyükberber, Deniz Derbent, Umut Gonca, Erdal İnci, Nihat Karataşlı, Ufuk Barış Mutlu, NOHLab, Pi-Slices, Onur Sönmez, Ayşe Gül Süter and Büşra Tunç. Exhibitors include Borusan Contemporary, DAM Gallery, Galeri Zilberman, Lajevardi Foundation, LICHTFELD Gallery, Pearl Lam Galleries and the Australia China Art Foundation.


This year, Contemporary Istanbul is hosting a new program called Solo Shows, where five galleries curate presentations of one of their represented artists.

Marco Di Giovanni: Mythology, steam punk and physics [Il Chiostro Arte Contemporanea]
Adam Jastrzebski: Vinylowiec reveals dynamic changes in the body [PROPAGANDA]
İhsan Oturmak: Evocative political and sociological explorations [Karavil Contemporary]
Bogdan Rata: Unsettling investigations of body politics and identity [Nasui Collection & Gallery]
Zio Ziegler: Intricately patterned paintings and murals [Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea]

Australia China Art Foundation: Building Bridges

In a project coordinated by the Australia China Art Foundation (ACAF), CI is bringing a diverse and sometimes challenging group of art works and experiences to Istanbul, which will be exhibited in private and public spaces around the city.

Selected List of Participants:

A full list of participants can be found here

AB Gallery (Seoul)
Analix Forever (Geneva)
Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea (Milano)
ALAN Istanbul (Istanbul)
Aria Art Gallery (Florence)
ARMAGGAN Art & Design (Istanbul)
Art Lexing (Miami)
art ON (Istanbul)
artSumer (Istanbul)
ART350 (Istanbul)
Australia China Art Foundation (Shanghai)
Galeri Baraz (Istanbul)
Barbara Paci Galleria d’Arte (Pietrasanta)
Berengo Studios (Venice)
Galerie Bernard Ceysson (Paris)
Bozlu Art Project (Istanbul)
C.A.M Galeri (Istanbul)
C24 Gallery (New York)
Cep Gallery (Istanbul)
Corridor Contemporary (Tel Aviv)
Galeria Contrast (Barcelona)
Daire Sanat (Istanbul)
Daniel Marzona (Berlin)
Dar Al-Anda Art (Amman)
Dirimart (Istanbul)
Dubner Moderne (Lausanne)
Edition Purrmann (Grefrath)
Emmanuel Fremin (New York)
The Empire Project (Istanbul)
l’étrangère (London)
Faur Zsófi Galéria (Budapest)
Frederic Got (Paris)
Il Chiostro Arte Contemporanea (Saronno)
Gaia Gallery (Istanbul)
Gama Gallery (Istanbul)
Galeri 77 (Istanbul)
Galeri/Miz (Istanbul)
Galerie Iragui (Moscow)
Galeri İlayda (Istanbul)
Kare Art Gallery (Istanbul)
Karavil Contemporary (London)
Galerie Koal (Berlin)
König Galerie (Berlin)
K+Y Gallery (Paris)
Lazarides Gallery (London)
Galerie Lelong (Paris)
LICHT FELD Gallery (Basel)
Galerie Loevenbruck (Paris)
Mark Hachem Gallery (Paris)
Marlborough Gallery (New York)
MERKUR (Istanbul)
Galerie Michael Schultz (Berlin)
Mika Gallery (Tel Aviv)
Milk Gallery (Istanbul)
Mixer (Istanbul)
Modus Art Gallery (Paris)
Nasui Collection & Gallery (Bucharest)
Galeri Nev (Istanbul)
Project Artbeat (Tbilisi)
Galerie Paris-Beijing (Paris)
Galleria Russo (Rome)
Galería Rosa Santos (Valencia)
Soda (Istanbul)
Sanatorium (Istanbul)
Rampa (Istanbul)
Redart (Istanbul)
Pi Artworks (Istanbul)
Piramid Sanat (Istanbul)
Pg Art Gallery (Istanbul)
Siyah-Beyaz (Ankara)
Versus Art Project (Istanbul)
x-ist (Istanbul)
Galeri Zilberman (Istanbul)
Galeria Senda (Barcelona)
Savina Gallery (St. Petersburg)
Víctor Lope Arte Contemporáneo (Barcelona)
Villa del Arte (Barcelona)
Vogelsang Contemporary (Brussels)
Yavuz Gallery (Singapore)
WHITE ROOM | LIQUID art system (Capri)

claude viallat at contemporary istanbul 2015
Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Claude Viallat, 2015/182, acrylic on folded canvas, 172 x 62, 2015

rampa at contemporary istanbul 2015
Rampa, Güclü Öztekin, Untitled, mixed media on styrofoam, 130 x 124 x 7 cm, 2015

galerist at contemporary istanbul 2015
Galerist, Nil Yalter, Pink New York, 86 Hand Painted Polaroids, oil and gold & silver on polaroid, 147 x 105 cm, 1976-1980

contemporary istanbul 2015

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