SARKIS will represent Turkey at the 56th Venice Biennial in 2015

on Thursday, 07 August 2014. Posted in ---2014---, August, September

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A new installation by the influential artist Sarkis will be presented at the Pavilion of Turkey at the 56th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, to be held between 9 May and 22 November 2015. Curated by Defne Ayas, the presentation will take place at a dedicated new location at the Arsenale as recently secured by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) for the duration of 20 years from 2014 to 2034.

A graduate of Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, Sarkis had his first exhibition at the Istanbul Art Gallery in 1960. Throughout his career, Sarkis has worked with various mediums and has been, since the end of the 1960s, an icon of installation art in particular. His works have been shown worldwide in important art institutions, museums, and galleries, including the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; the Kunst-und-Ausstellungshalle, Bonn, Germany; the Louvre, Paris; the Bode Museum, Berlin; and Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany. Sarkis was also part of When Attitudes Become Form: Works - Concepts - Processes - Situation - Information (Kunsthalle Bern, 1969), Documenta VI and VII (Kassel, 1977 and 1982), and the biennials of Sydney, Shanghai, São Paulo, Moscow, and Istanbul. Recently, Sarkis has had solo shows at Galeri Manâ (Istanbul, 2013), Arter (Istanbul, 2013), the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam, 2012); Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris, 2011 and 2014), MAMCO, Museum of Contemporary Art (Geneva, 2011), Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2010), and the Istanbul Modern (2009). He has been living and working in Paris since 1964.

The curator of the pavilion, Defne Ayas, has been the director and curator at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, since 2012. Prior to coming to Witte de With, Ayas was the founding co-director of Arthub Asia in Shanghai (2007-) and founding co-curator of the Blind Dates Project, an artistic platform dedicated to tackling what remains of the people, places, and cultures that were once part of the Ottoman Empire. Since 2005 she has been a curator at Performa, the biennial of performance art in New York. In September 2012, Ayas co-curated the 11th edition of the Baltic Triennial of International Art, to great acclaim. Ayas was the education and new media programs coordinator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York before attending the De Appel curatorial program in Amsterdam. She received an MA from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University in 2003, and a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in 1999.

The Advisory Board consists of the artist Ali Kazma, Burcu Pelvanoğlu, associate professor of Art History at Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts; Cristiana Perrella, independent curator and art critic; Lewis Johnson, Associate Professor in history and theory of art and visual culture, Bahçeşehir University; and Zerrin İren Boynudelik, Yıldız Technical University art and design faculty member.

The Pavilion of Turkey at la Biennale di Venezia is coordinated and organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), sponsored by Fiat, and realised under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey.

The 56th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia will run from 9 May through 22 November 2015 and will be curated by Okwui Enwezor.


Sarkis, Photo: Courtesy of Sarkis

Sarkis, Gökkusak, Photo: Courtesy of Sarkis

Sarkis, Gökkusak, Photo: Courtesy of Sarkis

RODEO opens a branch in London

on Thursday, 04 September 2014. Posted in ---2014---, September

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Istanbul-based gallery RODEO will be opening their new gallery space in central London on 11 October 2014. Their programme will start with two solo exhibitions titled Banu Cennetoğlu ‚Gentle Madness’ and Tamara Henderson ‚Charmer Scripture.’ The gallery also represents the artists Ian Law, Emre Hüner, Iman Issa and two nominees for this year’s Turner Prize—Cardiff-born James Richards and the Irish artist Duncan Campbell, who presented work in the Scottish pavillion at last year’s Venice Biennial.

The gallery will be located at at 123 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EW.

RODEO Gallery London under construction, September 2014
RODEO Gallery London under construction, September 2014

Elipsis Gallery leaves Istanbul

on Thursday, 04 September 2014. Posted in ---2014---, September

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After seven years, Elipsis Gallery’s Istanbul branch, which has grown to become the cultural destination for many photography lovers in the city, is closing to focus on other ventures and pursue new projects in London.

Elipsis gallery represented an excellent array of photography arists including Seza Bali, Tulu Bayar, Olaf Otto Becker, Michel Comte, David Drebin, Gilbert Garcin, Özant Kamacı, Michael Kenna, Ferit Kuyas Jose Maria Mellado, Isabel Munoz, Metehan Özcan, Civan Özkanoğlu, Yusuf Sevinçli, Karen Stuke, Serkan Taycan, Christopher Thomas and Michael Wolf.

An ellipsis is the three dots (…) that follow an incomplete statement. Sinem Yoruk, founder of Elipsis, chose the name to reflect her desire to leave visitors speechless. She did an amazing job and the parting of this gallery means a big loss for Istanbul.

Fine art printing lab 'Atelier Elipsis' Istanbul will continue its business as usual.

Editions IV
Exhibition View of 'Editions IV 'Parallel Realities'' at Elipsis Gallery Istanbul, 2014. Photo: Anna Zizlsperger

Exhibition View of Michel Comte 'Fame' at Elipsis Gallery Istanbul, 2013
Exhibition View of Michel Comte 'Fame' at Elipsis Gallery Istanbul, 2013. Photo: Anna Zizlsperger

Exhibition View of Sahin Kaygun 'Hidden Face' at Elipsis Gallery Istanbul, 2013
Exhibition View of Şahin Kaygun 'Hidden Face' at Elipsis Gallery Istanbul, 2013. Photo: Anna Zizlsperger

Marcel Broodthaers Exhibition in Istanbul

on Thursday, 04 September 2014. Posted in ---2014---, September

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AKBANK SANAT is hosting an exhibition titled 'Words, Things and Concepts,' showcasing works by Belgian poet, photographer, film-maker and artist Marcel Broodthaers (1924-1976). Associated with the Groupe Surréaliste revolutionnaire, Broodthaers used diverse media to determine a relationship between objects and their perceived images, symbologies and meanings. The show, curated by Prof. Dr. Hasan Bülent Kahraman, will be on view from 25 September - 29 November.

Marcel Broodthaers Exhibition at Akbank Sanat Istanbul

Left: Marcel Broodthaers, Miroir d'Époque Regency (Regency Period Mirror), 1973
Middle: Marcel Broodthaers, Cathédrale, 1969
Right: Marcel Broodthaers, Bouteille de Lait (Milk Bottle), 1973
Photos: Dirk Pauwels © S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent

Born in 1924 in Brussels, Belgium, Broodthaers made his first film in 1957, and from 1967 he produced over 50 short films in documentary, narrative, and experimental styles.

Broodthaers worked principally with assemblies of found objects and collage, often containing written texts. He incorporated written language in his art and used whatever was at hand for his raw materials—most notably the shells of eggs and mussels, but also furniture, clothing, garden tools, household gadgets and reproductions of artworks.

He is associated with the late 20th century global spread of both installation art, as well as ‚institutional critique,’ in which interrelationships between artworks, the artist, and the museum are a focus.

From 1969 he mainly lived in Düsseldorf, Berlin and finally London. He died in Cologne in 1976.

Marcel Broodthaers Exhibition at Akbank Sanat Istanbul

Marcel Broodthaers, Le Pense Bête, 1964
Photo: Dirk Pauwels © S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent

Moving Museum arrives in Istanbul

on Thursday, 04 September 2014. Posted in ---2014---, September

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The Moving Museum, a global traveling art project that seeks to re-define the relationship between local art scenes and global practitioners, has launched its third and most ambitious iteration in Istanbul. Establishing a three-month international residency programme from August to October 2014, the museum is hosting 36 artists, marking the largest coordinated influx of international resident artists in Istanbul’s recent memory. The project includes 12 artists from Turkey that serve as a foundation to the period of intensive dialogue, featuring a curated public programme of events, talks, workshops, lectures and performances. The residency will culminate in a major exhibition launch at the end of October as a means of articulating the artists’ new experiences and practices.

Moving Museum Villa, Istanbul

Residency artists' projects include Ben Schumacher's attempt to dive to the bottom of the Black Sea unearthing Ottoman Telegraph cables; Mai-Thu Perret' collaboration with a Kilim workshop in the eastern city of Van; Hale Tenger's series of ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’ workshops; Ming Wong's culmination of his long term research project on Turkish pop icon Bulent Ersoy with a final performance as Bulent Wongsoy; Jumana Manna's beginning of researching her film into the Syrian refugee camps in Turkey and across the border; Anne De Vries' plan of a city- wide engagement with surveillance systems; Michael Staniak’s virtual residency from Australia inviting local artists to work together; Tobias Madison and Flavio Merlo and Bea Schlingelhoff's realisation of a collaborative fashion line inspired by the legends of female pirates in the Mediterranean.

The residency is headquartered in Ark Kultur, a historic 1940's three-story modernist Villa in Cihangir, transformed to serve as the centre of public engagement and dialogue, including a communal workspace, photo studio, small exhibition area, multipurpose workshop and dining room, reading room, and discussion pit conceived and designed by local artist and designer Berkut Ay Gunel. Artists are being housed in apartments throughout the central district of Beyoglu with studios in the Golden Horn area, provided within the historic community of Caferiye Han, in continual use since it was built by Persian merchants in the 19th Century. The Moving Museum Istanbul is being supported by Founding Partner The Vinyl Factory in London.

Jeremy Bailey


Amalia Ulman, Ann Cathrin November Høibo, Anne De Vries, Aslı Çavusoglu, Bea Schlingelhoff, Ben Schumacher, Burak Delier, Daniel Keller, David Douard, Elmas Deniz, Emanuel Rossetti, Ethan Cook, Flavio Merlo, George Henry Longly, Günes Terkol, Haig Aivazian, Hale Tenger, Hannah Perry, Harm van den Dorpel, Ha Za Vu Zu, Helga Wretman, Hito Steyerl, Ilja Karilampi, Iz Öztat, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Jeremy Bailey, Joe Hamilton, Jon Rafman, Jonas Lund, Jumana Manna, Lara Ögel, Larissa Sansour, Leyla Gediz, Mai-Thu Perret, Michael Staniak, Ming Wong, N Dash, Nilbar Güreş, Oliver Osborne, Özlem Altın, Peles Empire, Phillip Zach, Rafaël Rozendaal, Timur Si Qin, Tobias Madison, Volkan Aslan, Zach Blas.

Moving Image Istanbul - Programme

on Tuesday, 10 June 2014. Posted in June, July, ---2014---, September

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Moving Image, founded in 2011, is an art fair dedicated to video art and experimental film. Moving Image Istanbul is the first in a series of new locations for the flagship fairs in New York and London, designed to bring video art to a wider audience and help participating galleries explore emerging markets around the globe. Taking place in the Kuleli Building of the Haliç Congress Center in Istanbul, September 25-28, 2014 the fair will run alongside another new high end art fair in town - ArtInternational.

Highlights of the 2014 Istanbul fair include several world premieres, including videos by Şener Özmen (PİLOT Gallery, Istanbul); Jonathan Monaghan (Curator's Office, Washington DC); Shaun Gladwell (Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City); and Nancy Atakan & Volkan Aslan (5533, Istanbul). Single-channel videos at the fair include works by Nino Cais (Central Galeria de Arte, Sao Paulo); Chen Tianzhuo (Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai), and Mounir Fatmi (Galerie Analix Forever, Paris). Among the historical films in the fair are works by David Wojnarowicz (P•P•O•W, New York) and Leslie Thornton (Winkleman Gallery, New York). Several large installations include works by Wolfgang Staehle (Postmasters, New York); Hans Op de Beeck (Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York); Basim Magdy (artSümer, Istanbul); and Sue de Beer (Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York).


Thursday, 25 September

2-5pm VIP preview of Moving Image Istanbul 2014
By invitation only.

5-9pm Moving Image Vernissage
FREE and open to the public.

Friday, 26 September

4-5.30pm Collectors Roundtable with Sabine Brunckhorst (Germany), Haro Cumbusyan (Turkey), Robert Bielecki (US), and Saruhan Dogan (Turkey). Moderated by Edward Winkleman.
Moving Image Gallerist Lounge
Free and open to the public. Seats are limited.

Saturday, 27 September

4-5.30pm Artist screening and Q&A Mari Spirito, Founding Director of Protocinema, and art historian/arts writer Nicole O’Rourke in conversation with emerging artist Atalay Yavuz. This intimate talk will be accompanied by a screening.
Moving Image Gallerist Lounge
Free and open to the public. Seats are limited.

7-10.30pm “Bring Your Own Beamer” @ Pera Museum Emerging video artists, curated by Fatma Çolakoğlu and Ulya Soley
Open to the public.
Meşrutiyet Caddesi No.65, 34443 Tepebaşı – Beyoğlu + 90 212 334 99 00

Sunday, 28 September

2-3.30pm Round table discussion organized by Sanatatak
Ege Berensel, Derya Yücel, Yasemin Özcan, Ulya Soley moderated by Melis Tezkan
Moving Image Gallerist Lounge
Free and open to the public. Seats are limited.

Moving Image New York 2014
Moving Image New York 2014. Photo: Etienne Frossard

Participating artists / Galleries & Non-Profit Institutions [as of September 1, 2014]

Nancy Atakan / Pi Artworks (Istanbul, Turkey)
Nancy Atakan & Volkan Aslan / 5533 (Istanbul, Turkey)
Nino Cais / Central Galeria de Arte (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Rob Carter / Morgan Lehman Gallery (New York, NY)
Chen Tianzhuo / Vanguard Gallery (Shanghai, China)
Sue de Beer / Marianne Boesky Gallery (New York, NY)
Sirma Doruk / Mixer (Istanbul, Turkey)
Chris Doyle / Catharine Clark Gallery (San Francisco, CA)
Mounir Fatmi / Galerie Analix Forever (Paris, France)
Shaun Gladwell / Mark Moore Gallery (Culver City, CA)
Florian Japps / Rockelmann & (Berlin, Germany)
Gizem Karakaş / Moving Image Presents (New York, NY)
Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev / Winkleman Gallery (New York)
Elena Kovylina / Galerie Analix Forever (Paris, France)
Dinh Q. Le / Shoshana Wayne Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)
HeeWon Lee / Galerie Dix9 (Paris, France)
Rollin Leonard / TRANSFER (Brooklyn, NY)
Basim Magdy / artSümer (Istanbul, Turkey)
Jonathan Monaghan / Curator's Office (Washington DC)
Hans Op de Beeck / Marianne Boesky Gallery (New York, NY)
Serkan Özkaya / Postmasters (New York, NY)
Şener Özmen / PİLOT (Istanbul, Turkey)
Bongsu Park / Rosenfeld Porcini (London, UK)
Zeyno Pekünlü / Sanatorium (Istanbul, Turkey)
Wolfgang Staehle / Postmasters (New York, NY)
Kurt Stallaert / Pavleye Art & Culture (Prague, Czech Republic)
Leslie Thornton / Winkleman Gallery (New York, NY)
Allard van Hoorn / Galerie Esther Donatz (Munich, Germany)
Susanne Wagner / Galerie Jo van de Loo (Munich, Germany)
David Wojnarowicz / P·P·O·W (New York, NY)

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