Turkish Pavilion in Venice
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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.
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