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

14th Istanbul Biennial will be drafted by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

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

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The 14th Istanbul Biennial (5 September-1 November 2015), organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, will be drafted by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev with a number of alliances. She will seek the artistic advice of Cevdet Erek, the intellectual rigor of Griselda Pollock, the sensitivity of Pierre Huyghe, the curatorial imagination of Chus Martinez, the mindfulness of Marcos Lutyens, the acute gaze of Füsun Onur, the political philosophies of Anna Boghiguian, the youthful enthusiasm of Arlette Quynh-Anh Tran, the wise uncertainties of William Kentridge and manifold qualities and agencies to come as the process develops.

Christov-Bakargiev stated,“while thanking the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts and its advisory board for entrusting me with the preparations of the forthcoming biennial, I take this opportunity to pay my condolences to the miners and their families who are suffering for the deaths in Soma last week. It is sad to announce an exhibition at such a time, and yet with and through art, we mourn, commemorate, denounce, try to heal, and we commit ourselves to the possibility of joy and vitality, leaping from form to life.”

According to Christov-Bakargiev, “the 14th Istanbul Biennial will embark looking for where to draw the line, to withdraw, to draw upon, and to draw out. It will do so offshore, on the flat surfaces with our fingertips but also in the depths, underwater, before the enfolded encoding unfolds.”

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev is an author, an organizer of events and exhibitions, and a researcher of artistic practices, the histories of art and the politics of aesthetics. She is the Edith Kreeger Wolf Distinguished Visiting Professor in Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University (2013-15). She received the Leverhulme Professorship from the University of Leeds for 2014. In 2013, she was the Menschel Visiting Professor in Art at The Cooper Union, New York, as well as the Pernod Ricard Visiting Professor in the philosophy of art and naturecultures at the Goethe - Universität Frankfurt am Main / Institut für Philosophie She has lectured widely on the relationship between the arts and the sciences, including most recently at Harvard University (2014). From 2009 to 2012, she was the artistic director of dOCUMENTA (13) which took place in 2012 in Kassel, Germany as well as in Kabul, Afghanistan; Alexandria and Cairo, Egypt; and Banff, Canada. Previously, Christov-Bakargiev was the artistic director of the 16th Biennale of Sydney (Revolutions-Forms That Turn, 2008) and chief curator at the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art (2002-8, interim director in 2009). She was senior curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, a MoMA affiliate in New York, from 1999 to 2001. Other group exhibitions she has organized include The Moderns, Turin (2003), Faces in the Crowd, London and Turin (2004), Citta’ Natura (1997), and Molteplici Culture (1992). Her books include William Kentridge (1998), Arte Povera (1999), and for dOCUMENTA (13) the 100 Notes-100 Thoughts series as well as The Logbook and The Book of Books (2011-12).

The Istanbul Biennial advisory board members include Adriano Pedrosa, Başak Şenova, İnci Eviner, Iwona Blazwick, and Ute Meta Bauer.

The 14th Istanbul Biennial is organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts and sponsored by Koç Holding and other supporters, international funders, and funding bodies to be announced.

The conceptual framework of the 14th Istanbul Biennial will be announced at a press meeting to be held in fall 2014. The preview of the biennial will be on 3-4 September 2015.

Istanbul Biennial

Carloyn Christov-Bakargiev
Carloyn Christov-Bakargiev, Photo: Jason Simon, 2013, Courtesy of Mildred's Lane

Moving Image expands to Istanbul

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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.

Moving Image co-founders Murat Orozobekov and Edward Winkleman explained, “With this expansion to the very exciting and burgeoning art market in Istanbul, the gateway between Europe and the Middle East, Moving Image seeks to broaden the international scope of its mission to connect more of the collectors, curators, and dealers supporting contemporary artists working in moving-image-based media.”

Kathleen Forde, Artistic Director of Borusan Contemporary Istanbul and a member of the Moving Image Curatorial Advisory Committee, elaborated on the choice of Istanbul, "As a longtime fan and advisor for the Moving Image Art Fair in New York, I am thrilled to hear that it will be launched in Istanbul this year. The Istanbul art scene has had a definitive international boom in recent years which appears only to be continuing to gain momentum. Moving Image has always been forward thinking across the board from concept, to timing, to location and of course in the work it presents ...so it is in line with their progressive paradigms to be coming to Istanbul at this time. Perfect timing, as always! I am really looking forward to seeing the fair in this special context."

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).

Among the special events sponsored by Moving Image Istanbul are "Bring Your own Beamer" (BYOB) at Pera Museum, a one-night exhibition/performance by unrepresented, emerging Turkish film and video artists who will take over the fifth floor gallery hall of Pera Musuem in an improvised installation. Curated by Fatma Çolakoğlu and Ulya Soley, BYOB at Pera Museum runs 7-10pm, Saturday, 27 September, 2014. Also Mari Spirito, Founding Director of Protocinema, will host a screening and conversation with emerging artist Atalay Yavuz, who works with readily available materials. This events will take place at Moving Image on Saturday, 27 September, 4-5.30pm.

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)

The Pavilion of Turkey at Biennale Architettura 2014

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

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On 5 June 2014, Turkey inaugurated its debut exhibition, Places of Memory, at its long-term pavilion at Arsenale, one of the two main venues of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia. On the initiation of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and with the contribution of 21 supporters, Turkey obtains a long-term venue, from 2014 to 2034, at the Biennale di Venezia, one of world's leading contemporary art and architecture exhibitions.

Murat Tabanlıoğlu curated the project together with project coordinator Pelin Derviş and a team of exhibitors, Alper Derinboğaz, Metehan Özcan, Candaş Şişman, Ali Taptık and Serkan Taycan.

Rather than conducting a historical account of modern epoch in Turkey, presenting an exhaustive catalogue, or trying to capture its unique local attributes, Places of Memory at this year’s Biennale Architettura in Venice attempts to explore the main theme of the biennial via perceptions and experiences.

According to Murat Tabanlıoğlu, the project idea departs from three areas of Istanbul: The first comprises Taksim, where the curator was born and grew up. Taksim is also an important square, with a constantly changing appearance because of partial and inconsistent interventions. The Atatürk Cultural Center, situated on the narrower end of the square, is a symbol of modern architecture in Turkey. Murat’s father, Hayati Tabanlıoğlu, was the architect. This first area spreads out across a wider zone, and continues downhill from the square to the coast, passes along the warehouses designed by Sedad Hakkı Eldem, an important representative of 20th century architecture in Turkey, reaching Salıpazarı harbor. Like many other areas in Istanbul, this area, too, is undergoing transformation. The GalataPort project (a master plan proposal, 2001) developed by Tabanlıoğlu Architects for the area, and the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, which they transformed from a warehouse into a museum (2004), were among projects that triggered change in this area. The second area is Bâb-ı Âli, where Tabanlıoğlu spent his youth. Starting in Sirkeci, the area used to host the headquarters of important newspapers and printing houses in Turkey along two sides of the Cağaloğlu slope, he used to pass through this world every day since he studied in a high school in the same area. The final one is Büyükdere Boulevard and its environs. This area, once lined with fields and orchards, later with light industry buildings, today is in juxtaposition with the CBD, featuring high-rise buildings especially between Levent-Maslak axes that connect main transportation routes of the city.

A detailed discussion of these places that acted as thresholds during different stages of Tabanlıoğlu’s life—or in a sense, his memory—seeded the first layers of the conceptual framework. The focus in the exhibition is not necessarily on these places, but rather on the concept of place itself, incorporated with the subjective vision of every exhibitor in the team. The works interact with each other via different approaches based on different scales and mediums.

Places of Memory, Pavilion of Turkey
Places of Memory, Pavilion of Turkey, 14th Venice International Architecture Biennale, 2014
Installation Photo: Vladimiro Speranzoni

Places of Memory, Pavilion of Turkey
Places of Memory, Pavilion of Turkey, 14th Venice International Architecture Biennale, 2014
Installation Photo: Italo Rondinella

Places of Memory, Pavilion of Turkey
Places of Memory, Pavilion of Turkey, 14th Venice International Architecture Biennale, 2014
Installation Photo: Italo Rondinella

Art International Announces Participating Galleries For 2014

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

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ArtInternational Istanbul 2014 will feature 80 galleries from 24 countries. Several East Asian galleries attend the fair for the first time, including Edouard Malingue and Pearl Lam from Hong Kong and Lehmann Maupin who added a Hong Kong location to their New York gallery in 2013. Turkish galleries Dirimart, Galeri Nev, Rodeo and Sanatorium will participate for the first time, joining participants in 2013: NON, Galeri Mana, Pi Artworks, Pilot, Rampa, artSümer, x-ist and Galeri Zilberman.

Circle Culture Gallery / Clemens Behr & Galerie Raum mit Licht / Caroline Heider
Left: Circle Culture Gallery / Clemens Behr
Right: Galerie Raum mit Licht / Caroline Heider

Galerie Lelong / Ramazan Bayrakoğlu
Galerie Lelong / Ramazan Bayrakoğlu

Deweer Gallery, Tony Cragg

Participating Galleries 2014

Martine Aboucaya, Paris
ADN Galería, Barcelona
Akinci, Amsterdam
Louise Alexander Gallery, Sardinia
Galleri Andersson/Sandström, Stockholm
Andipa, London
ArtSümer, Istanbul
Assar Art Gallery, Tehran
Athr Gallery, Jeddah
Helene Bailly Gallery, Paris
Barbarian, Zurich
Berloni, London
Boccanera, Milan
Charim Galerie, Vienna
Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin
Erika Deak Gallery, Budapest
Deweer Gallery, Otegem
Dirimart, Istanbul
Galerie Dominique Fiat, Paris
Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch, Rome
Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki
Gazelli Art House, London & Baku
Giacomo Guidi Arte Contemporanea, Rome
Hada Contemporary, London
Leila Heller Gallery, New York
Cecilia Hillström Gallery, Stockholm
Galerie Eva Hober, Paris
Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco
Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London
Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
Kerlin Gallery, Dublin
Tina Kim Gallery, New York
Galerie Kornfeld, Berlin
Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna
Kuckei + Kuckei, Berlin
Kukje Gallery, Seoul
Galerie Dix9 Helene Lacharmoise, Paris
Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong, Shanghai & Singapore
Yvon Lambert, Paris
Galerie Lelong, Paris
Lisabird Contemporary, Vienna
Lisson Gallery, London & New York
Galería Javier López, Madrid
Galleri Charlotte Lund, Stockholm
Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong
Galeri Manâ, Istanbul
Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris
Lehmann Maupin, New York & Hong Kong
Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Salzburg -Vienna, Vienna
Galeri Nev, Istanbul
NON, Istanbul
Officine dell’Immagine, Milan
Pace, New York, London, Beijing & Hong Kong
Paradise Row, London
Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris, Brussels & Beijing
Pi Artworks, Istanbul & London
PİlOT, Istanbul
Rosenfeld Porcini, London
Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris
RAMPA, Istanbul
Repetto Ltd., Milan
Galerie Raum mit Licht, Vienna
Rodeo, Istanbul
Galleria S.A.L.E.S., Rome
Sanatorium, Istanbul
Sariev Contemporary, Plovdiv
Scheublein + Bak, Zurich
Specta, Copenhagen
Tornabuoni Art Paris, Paris & Milan
Un-Spaced, Paris
Galerija Vartai, Vilnius
Galerie Nadja Vilenne, Liege
Waterside contemporary, London
Weingrüll, Karlsruhe
x-ist, Istanbul
Galeri Zilberman, Istanbul
418 Contemporary Art Gallery, Bucharest

Turkish Artists at Manifesta 10

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As part of Manifesta 10, Unlooped—Kino, a film program devised by Nathalie Hoyos and Rainald Schumacher from Office for Art (Berlin), offers a unique survey of time-based media, film, and video, by contemporary artists from the early Seventies until today.

One of the themes of this program is 'New Horizons,' which opens the perspective to the growing relevance of art scenes from the prior peripheries and the use of all technical possibilities of the medium including animation and virtual reality.

It shows works from Bilge and Haro Cumbusyan Collection, Zurich, Tansa Mermerci Eksioglu Collection, Istanbul and the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection, Turin. Among the artists are Halil Altindere, Fikret Atay, Asli Çavuşoğlu, Cevdet Erek and Nilbar Güres.

Manifesta runs from 28 June until 31 October 2014.

Asli Çavuşoğlu, Stendhal Syndrome, 2005
Asli Çavuşoğlu, Stendhal Syndrome, 2005. Photo: Courtesy the artist and Galeri NON.

Cevdet Erek
Studio, 2005
Cevdet Erek, Studio, 2005. Photo: Courtesy the artist and Galeri Mor Charpentier

Nilbar Güres
Unknown Sports, 2009
Nilbar Güres, Unknown Sports, 2009. Photo: Courtesy the artist and Rampa

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

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

FULL ARTIST LIST

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).

Programme

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 www.peramuzesi.org.tr


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)

3rd Mardin Biennial Postponed

on Wednesday, 15 October 2014. Posted in ---2014---

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3rd Mardin Biennial

The Third Mardin Biennial that was supposed to open on 17 October in the southeastern Turkish province on the Syrian border, has been postponed to an as-yet-undetermined future date due to recent developments concerning the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) siege of the strategic Syrian town of Kobani, inhabited predominantly by ethnic Kurds.

The Mardin Biennial team has released the following statement.

As the team responsible for the organization of the 3rd International Mardin Biennial, we have had one goal in mind, that is to make our own humble contribution to Mesopotamia by organizing a project around the concept of “Mythologies” which would take place in Mardin, an important junction and an area of interaction between Mesopotamia and Anatolia. We sought to do so by blending the shared memory of these two regions with other corners of the world through new artistic syntheses. The timing of this project was rather meaningful. During the period in which we took this task upon ourselves, we were witnessing not only the remapping of territories, but also a time in which the future of peoples was being determined. In order to understand what is meant by this, one does not need to look further than what has recently befallen on the fate of the Yazidis and the Kurdish people in Kobanê, who have been and continue to be ruthlessly attacked.

Yet, we knew from times long past that when some had wrought destruction in Mesopotamia, others had built the Tower of Babylon. When some had crushed other peoples along with their dreams and homes, others were occupied with inventing the writing system and painting mythological figures on the walls of magestic temples. The light continued to survive in these lands despite the forceful and barbaric manner in which the darkness often presented itself. Yet, the light never ceased to stand fearlessly against the dark and always regenerated itself first and foremost through art. Even when no hope was left in sight, the light continued to come into being through art. Bearing this fact in mind, we, as the 3rd International Mardin Biennial team, though that this was the right time to light a candle against darkness in the north of Mesopotamia and the southeast of Anatolia. Our wish was to reiterate our belief that there was still light and that the mythologies were still in existence; that tomorrow could be better and stronger through art.

However, we now hear a cry that is greater than our voices and it comes from Kobanê. Kobanê that stands ever so firmly against the barbarism of its attackers has become the bleeding wound in the hearts of all those who live in this region. We would have liked to carry out the 3rd International Mardin Biennial as originally planned, but we know that in order for the voice of Kobanê to be heard, we need to go quiet and make all necessary efforts for its voice to be heard more. We are not afraid. On the contrary, we are hopeful that Kobanê’s voice will indeed be heard. That is why we have decided to postpone until further notice the 3rd International Mardin Biennial, which was supposed to take place between October 17 and November 17. It will take place in near future for the sufferings which take place right in front us to be seen and heard.

Mardin Cinema Association

Döne Otyam, Ferhat Özgür, Fırat Arapoğlu, Mehmet Baran, Sait Tunç, Mesut Alp, Fikret Atay, Hakan Irmak, Ferhat Satıcı, Hülya Özdemir, Claudia Segura Campins, Canan Budak, Can Bulgu

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