Galleries from Turkey at viennacontemporary 2016

on Wednesday, 10 August 2016. Posted in ---2016---, August

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Turkish galleries Galeri Zilberman and SANATORIUM are going to be present at this year’s edition of viennacontemporary taking place from 22-25 September. Sanatorium will bring works by Sevil Tunaboylu, Erol Eskici and Yağız Özgen, while Zilberman Gallery will participating with Alpin Arda Bağcık, Guido Casaretto, Antonio Cosentino, Ahmet Elhan, Walid Siti and Eşref Yıldırım.

Walid Siti, Deconstructed Pyramid I, 2013
Walid Siti, Deconstructed Pyramid I, 2013, straw, wood and acrylic on MDF, 59x59x37 cm. Zilberman Gallery Istanbul/Berlin

Following the success of the first edition of viennacontemporary in 2015 in the spectacular ambience of the Marx Halle, the largest art fair in the region will once again convene more than 100 Austrian, Eastern European, and international galleries in a showcase of emerging and established contemporary art. The presence of important international collectors and the continuously growing reputation of viennacontemporary have encouraged many galleries to participate in Vienna’s art fair once again in 2016. Moreover, new young and exciting galleries from Austria, the focus regions, and the Western hemisphere have also chosen to join the fair.

Eşref Yıldırım, Nezihe Muhiddin, 2014
Eşref Yıldırım, Nezihe Muhiddin, 2014, mixed media on canvas, 194x148 cm. Zilberman Gallery Istanbul/Berlin

Under the artistic direction of Christina Steinbrecher-Pfandt and executive management of Renger van den Heuvel, viennacontemporary stands for continuity and a high-caliber exhibition program. More and more art collectors and experts are making their way to Vienna, which has established itself – not least thanks to the success of viennacontemporary – as an international marketplace for contemporary art in both the domestic and international art scenes.

Following the focus countries of the past years– Georgia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Belarus (2012), Georgia and Poland (2013), Azerbaijan (2014), and Bulgaria (2015), this year’s showcase explores a region in Southeastern Europe: ex-Yugoslavia and Albania. Focus: Ex-Yugoslavia and Albania is curated by the Albanian curator and writer Adela Demetja.


Walid Siti, Deconstructed Pyramid I, 2013
Yağız Özgen, Water Lilies (284 Stripes), 2016, acrylic on canvas, 180x142cm. Sanatorium Gallery Istanbul. Photo: CHROMA

Jake & Dinos Chapman at ARTER in Istanbul

on Thursday, 23 March 2017. Posted in March, ---2017---

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On view from 10 February to 7 May 2017, Arter presents the first solo exhibition of Jake & Dinos Chapman in Turkey titled 'In the Realm of the Senseless'. Curated by Nick Hackworth, the exhibition brings together a number of works from iconic series including 'Hell', 'The Chapman Family Collection' and 'One Day You Will No Longer Be Loved', alongside new and rarely seen works. The show presents an overview of the Chapmans' virulently pessimistic art and thought. Deploying humour and a perverse semiotics to undercut and satirise many of the unthinking beliefs that animate contemporary culture, the Chapmans' is amongst the most challenging of contemporary art practices.

Jake and Dinos Chapman, Unhappy Feet, 2010 at Arter
Jake and Dinos Chapman, Unhappy Feet, 2010 Fibreglass, plastic and mixed media in steel vitrine 216 x 171 x 171 cm © Jake and Dinos Chapman Courtesy of the artists and White Cube(detail)

The exhibition begins on the ground floor in spectacular fashion by uniting more works than have ever been shown together before from the Hell series, including the major piece, 'The Sum of All Evil'. Absurd, surreal and painstakingly detailed, the dioramas comprise of thousands of model Nazi soldiers engaged in scenes of orgiastic violence alongside other figures familiar from the Chapmans' visual universe, such as Hitler and Ronald McDonald. Since 2000 when the original 'Hell' work was completed (it subsequently was burnt in a fire in a London art storage facility), the series has been controversial, being serially misread both as profoundly engaged war art and as a disgraceful trivialization of violence. As the artists point out it takes a certain degree of hysteria and myopia to attach such ponderous meanings to the work itself. Two other large works from the series, 'Unhappy Feet' and 'Altered Towers', complete the floor.

Jake and Dinos Chapman at Arter
Exhibition view of 'In the Realm of the Senseless', Arter, 2017. Photo: exhibist

Arter's first floor amounts to a pastiche of the idea of retrospective shows with its centrepiece 'SHITROSPECTIVE' and the duo's first ever neon work, a new iteration of the brothers' first collaborative piece 'We Are Artists', made in 1991. Demonstrating the artists' stated desire to create work of 'zero cultural value' and their tactic of repeatedly recycling the same content, 'SHITROSPECTIVE' comprises of miniature versions of key works from their career, 'Fuckfaces', 'Sex', 'Übermensch' and 'Little Death Machine' – replicated in cardboard and mounted on pedestals. Known as one of the iconic works of the Chapmans, 'Insult to Injury' from the series of 'The Disasters of War' is hosted on the first floor of the exhibition. The show also includes a collection of archival works from 1971–2013, including some rare Chapman juvenilia.

Taking its cue from the Chapmans' recent show 'Come and See' at The Serpentine Gallery, London, the curation of the top floor of the exhibition takes aim at the idealised 'white cube' gallery space and elegant, well-mannered exhibitions. Resembling a show put together from a ransacked storage room the floor will be chaotic and over-stuffed, filled with myriad 2-D and sculptural works.

MOCAK acquires works by Gülin Hayat Topdemir and Guido Casaretto

on Thursday, 23 March 2017. Posted in March, ---2017---

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Gülin Hayat Topdemir, Bride
Gülin Hayat Topdemir, Bride, 2015, oil on canvas, 157 x 99,8 cm. Courtesy the artist and Zilberman Gallery

Gülin Hayat Topdemir’s work 'Bride' (2015) has been acquired by Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków, Poland.

Gülin Hayat Topdemir’s paintings delve into the subconscious to narrate the dark side of human nature, which is also reflected in her choice of colors and technique. By using the technique of chiaroscuro, she masterfully constructs an atmosphere in which her stories unravel. In her recent body of work, the artist-model assumes different roles, suggesting alternative possibilities for the constructed self.

Gülin Hayat Topdemir (1976, Istanbul) lives and works in Istanbul. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Mimar Sinan University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Painting. Her solo solo shows are: Salon Rouge (Zilberman Gallery, 2015), Black Box (Zilberman Gallery, 2013), Every Young Girl’s Dream? (Zilberman Gallery (previously as Cda-Projects), Istanbul, 2010), and Complexion (Zilberman Gallery (previously as Cda-Projects), Istanbul, 2008). Some of the group shows she participated in: Figure Out: Turkish Contemporary Art (Art Sawa, Dubai, 2012), Group Exhibition (Casa Dell’Arte, Bodrum, 2009; Istanbul, 2008), Kooperatif (Karşı Sanat, Istanbul, 2002) and Todays Artists Exhibition (Atatürk Cultural Center, Istanbul, 1997). Recipient of Nuri Iyem Painting Award-Selection Committee Special Price in 2007, her works are part of collection at 21C Museum (Kentucky, ABD) and private collections in Europe, Middle East and Turkey.

Guido Casaretto, Michael-4/ Roman Centurion texture David-3 / Street Vendor2 texture
Guido Casaretto, Michael-4/ Roman Centurion texture David-3 / Street Vendor2 texture, 2015, charcoal/resin sculpture, Measurement: 1: 50 x 64 x 31 cm; 2: 49 x 63,5 x 36 cm. Courtesy the artist and Zilberman Gallery

Guido Casaretto’s work 'Michael-4/ Roman Centurion texture David-3 / Street Vendor2 texture' (2015) has been acquired by Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków, Poland.

Dealing with ways of perceiving nature and reproducing it with digital means, Casaretto focuses on the phenomenon of sensation. Engaged with electronic information, various materials and art-historical references, his works overlap the different sensations with regard to the physical quality of the material and the types of perception within the concept of art history.

The interaction triggered by the physical approach goes deep down into the multidimensional sensation through the materials used by the artist such as concrete, skin, soil and epoxy. The former works of Casaretto, comprised of realistic manifestation of nature created in digital environment, are reversed by these new series of works through the manual intervention of the artist to the machine production. The works define the uniqueness of the handmade and invite the viewers to experience the sensation.

Guido Casaretto (1981) lives and works in Istanbul. One of the founders of Sanatorium, some of his solo shows are: Synesthesia (Zilberman Gallery, 2015), Extrasystemic Correlations (Zilberman Gallery, 2012), Default (Sanatorium, Istanbul, 2011); and some of his group shows are: Urban Justice (CerModern, Ankara, 2015), Venice Biennial Italian Pavillion (Venice, 2011), and Teatro Comunale (Italy, 2000). His works are included in many important private collections in Europe and Middle East.

4th Istanbul Design Biennial Curator Announced

on Tuesday, 01 August 2017. Posted in ---2017--- , August

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The 4th Istanbul Design Biennial Curator Jan Boelen
Jan Boelen, Curator of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, Courtesy IKSV Istanbul


Jan Boelen has been appointed as the curator of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, to be held from 22 September to 4 November 2018.

Jan Boelen (b. 1967, Genk, Belgium) is artistic director of Z33 House for Contemporary Art in Hasselt, Belgium, and artistic director of atelier LUMA, an experimental laboratory for design in Arles, France. He also holds the position of the head of the Master department Social Design at Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands.

Since the opening, Z33 House for Contemporary Art has been fashioning projects and exhibitions that encourage the visitor to look at everyday objects in a novel manner. It is a unique laboratory for experiment and innovation and a meeting place with cutting-edge exhibitions of contemporary art and design. With Z33 Research, design and art research studios established in 2013, Boelen is transforming Z33 from exhibition-based to a research-based institution. At the initiative of Z33 and the Province of Limburg, Manifesta 9 took place in Belgium in 2012. As part of his role at Z33, Boelen curated the 24th Biennial of Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 2014.

Boelen also serves on various boards and committees including the advisory board of the V&A Museum of Design Dundee in the UK and Creative Industries Fund in the Netherlands. Boelen holds a degree in product design from the Media and Design Academy (now the LUCA School of Arts) in Genk, Belgium.

trans-ID exhibition by exhibist and Space Debris

on Monday, 07 August 2017. Posted in ---2017--- , August

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trans-ID exhibition view at Surp Yerrortutyun Church, Istanbul
trans-ID exhibition view at Surp Yerrortutyun Church, Istanbul, 2017


Organised in the context of the 15th Istanbul Biennial titled a good neighbour, Seyhan Musaoğlu, founder of Space Debris and Anna Zizlsperger, founder of exhibist will present a diverse selection of contemporary art under the theme transnationalism/interculturalism & identity in an exhibition titled 'trans-ID', that will include sculpture, installation, drawing, photography, video works, sound art, and performances in an abandoned Armenian Church building located in the heart of Istanbul.
Including a significant amount of artists with a Turkish background, together with an array of artists from all around the world, the exhibition relates both to exhibist’s aim to be a platform for contemporary art in Turkey and Space Debris’ driving concept of connecting the Istanbul art scene with international artists for an innovative dialogue with a collective soul, challenging traditional boundaries. Set within the historical building of the Armenian church Surp Yerrortutyun in the heart of Istanbul, on Istiklal Street, the exhibition also references the century-old history of Istanbul as a platform for the exchange of different cultures and a transnationalism that preceded the 21st century.

Participating Artists: Murat Adash, Autumn Ahn, Nancy Atakan, Luna Ece Bal, Mehtap Baydu, Bashir Borlakov, Sinan Bökesoy, Melis Bursin, Şakir Gökçebağ, Allen Grubesic, Selin Kocagöncü, Servet Koçyiğit, Suat Öğüt, and Julie Upmeyer.

trans-ID 19 September – 24 October 2017
venue: Surp Yerrortutyun Church
Asmalı Mescit Mah. İstiklal Cd. ZNo: 142, Beyoğlu

Visiting Hours: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, 11am - 6pm and by appointment (please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for appointments)

Curators: Seyhan Musaoğlu and Anna Zizlsperger

trans-ID exhibition view at Surp Yerrortutyun Church, Istanbul, 2017
trans-ID exhibition view at Surp Yerrortutyun Church, Istanbul, 2017

Contemporary Istanbul Announces Gallery List 2017

on Tuesday, 08 August 2017. Posted in ---2017--- , August

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Contemporary Istanbul 2017


Contemporary Istanbul (CI) art fair announced the preliminary exhibitors list for the upcoming 12th edition of the fair. CI brings together leading contemporary art galleries from Turkey and around the world, giving a regional and international focus to the dynamic contemporary art scene that has developed in Istanbul in recent decades.

Participating galleries:


44A, Istanbul
55Bellechasse, Paris & Miami
Ab Anbar, Tahran
Ab Gallery, Seul
Acaf, Şangay
Alan Istanbul, İstanbul
Andakulova, Dubai
Anna Laudel Gallery, İstanbul
Archeus Post-modern, Londra
Aria Art Gallery, Floransa
Art On Istanbul, İstanbul
Bernheimer Contemporary, Berlin
Bozlu Art Project, İstanbul
C.A.M, İstanbul
C24, New York
Cep Gallery, İstanbul
Dastan's Basement, Tahran
Dix 9, Paris
Dirimart, İstanbul
Eastwards Prospectus, Bükreş
Flowers Gallery, Londra
Gaia Gallery, İstanbul
Galeri Miz, İstanbul
Galeri Nev, İstanbul
Galeria Continua, San Gimignano & Beijing
Galerist, İstanbul
Galeri̇ 77, İstanbul
Galeri Baraz, İstanbul
Galeri Binyil, İstanbul
Galeri Siyah Beyaz, Ankara
Gallery 1957, Akra
Gama Gallery, İstanbul
Gazelli Art House, Londra & Bakü
Heavenlymade, İzmir
Inda Gallery, Budapeşte
Isabel Croxatto, Santiago
JoanGaspar, Barselona
Karavil Contemporary, Londra
Krank Art Gallery, İstanbul
Kristen Hjellegjerde, Londra
Leila Heller, New York & Dubai
Licht Feld, Basel
Liquid Art System, Capri & İstanbul
Magic Beans, Berlin
Mark Hachem, Paris & Beyrut
Marlborough, New York
Maximilian William, Londra
Merkur, İstanbul
Mixer Gallery, İstanbul
N2 Gallery, Barselona
Nicodim Gallery, Bükreş & Los Angeles
NK Gallery, Anvers
Olcay Art, İstanbul
Öktem & Aykut, İstanbul
Parasite Gallery, Tel Aviv
Pg Art Gallery, İstanbul
Pi Artworks, İstanbul & Londra
Pilevneli Gallery, İstanbul
Piramid Sanat, İstanbul
Plan B, Cluj, Berlin
Project Artbeat, Ti̇blis
Red Art Galeri, İstanbul
Sanatorium, İstanbul
Shirin Gallery, Tahran & New York
Smac Gallery, Cape Town
Sophia Contemporary, Londra
Triangle Gallery, Tel Aviv
Victor Lope, Barselona
Victoria Miro, Londra
Vigo Gallery, Londra
Villa Del Arte, Barcelona
X-ist, İstanbul
Zilberman Gallery, İstanbul & Berlin

Ali Kazma at Jeu de Paume in Paris

on Tuesday, 08 August 2017. Posted in ---2017--- , August

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Video work Safe
Safe, 2015, Resistance series, video, colour, sound, 3 min 18 s. Courtesy of the artist and Galeri Nev Istanbul. © Ali Kazma


Ali Kazma´s solo exhibition Subterranean is on view at Jeu de Paume in Paris from 17 October 2017 until 21 January 2018. Ali Kazma (b.1971, Istanbul) is a video artist whose works have been exhibited in biennials and art institutions worldwide. Having received his MA degree in 1998 from The New School in New York City, he returned to Istanbul in 2000 where he still resides.

Ali Kazmas art explores themes relating to the world of work, man’s control of his environment and his ability to transform his world. His videos raise fundamental questions relating to the meaning of human activity, the economy, production, and social organization. Curious, observant and keen to portray certain realities of the globalized worlds of commerce and industry, Ali Kazma has a profound awareness of his responsibility as an artist, who through the prolific production of images, is undeniably adding to the growing mass of existing visual accounts. His work emphasizes the necessity of resisting the standardization of values and leveling of differences.

Between 2006 and 2015, Ali Kazma has primarily developed video art, structured around two series, entitled Obstructions and Resistance. Of variable duration (between 5 and 17 minutes), his videos explore the world of industrial, artisanal and artistic production, constituting an immense archive of the contemporary world of work.

Often presented in the form of installations, Kazma’s videos strike the spectator by their intensity and rhythm: repetition, precision, the noise of the machines and the sounds generated by the tools, the concentration of their protagonists. Equally impressive is the skill with which the artist succeeds in eclipsing his own presence: the subject of the film seems completely unaware of the camera.

6th Thessaloniki Biennial

on Saturday, 02 September 2017. Posted in ---2017--- , October

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Ahmet Elhan, Mapping, 2016
Ahmet Elhan, Mapping, 2016, courtesy of the artist and Zilberman Gallery


Running from 30 September 2017 to 14 January 2018, the main exhibition welcomes more than 75 artists from around the world. The title of this edition of the Thessaloniki Biennale is 'Imagined Homes', a concept that also stands as its general thematic framework, one which focuses on immigration issues as a starting point while simultaneously concentrating on the fluidity and constant redefinition of home as a concept. As a sign of support and solidarity, this edition chose to incorporate a segment of the 5th Canakkale Biennial, which was cancelled last year. That biennial had the similarly-titled theme of 'Homeland'. Halil Altındere, Ahmet Elhan and Reysi Kamhi from Turkey participate in the biennial.

15th Istanbul Biennial in Munich

on Tuesday, 16 January 2018. Posted in ---2018--- , January

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15th Istanbul Biennial at Pinakothek der Moderne Munich
15th Istanbul Biennial at Pinakothek der Moderne Munich Photo: IKSV


The 15th Istanbul Biennial collaborates with Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich to bring 12 international artists together to question the notion of home and neighbourhood between 14 December 2017 and 29 April 2018. Entitled 'a good neighbour_on the move', the exhibition is curated by Elmgreen & Dragset, curators of the 15th Istanbul Biennial and Bernhart Schwenk, head of contemporary art at the Pinakothek der Moderne.

A continuation of the 15th Istanbul Biennial entitled 'a good neighbour', the exhibition 'a good neighbour_on the move' at the Pinakothek der Moderne can be seen as a dialogue with this year's biennial illustrating how a globalised world is also changing the self-understanding of public art institutions and their exhibitions.

The exhibition features 10 artists from the 15th Istanbul Biennial, which was held between 16 September and 12 November 2017, as well as CANAN, an established contemporary artist from Turkey and Vlassis Caniaris, considered to be one of the most renowned and influential Greek artists of his generation. Artworks by these 12 artists from across the world reflect their experiences of the consequences of global conflicts, social control, perspectives on gender roles and forms of coexistence.

Participating artists:

Burçak Bingöl, born in 1976 in Giresun, lives in Istanbul
Vlassis Caniaris, born in 1928 in Athens, died in 2011 in Athens
CANAN, born in 1970 in Istanbul, lives in Istanbul
Vajiko Chachkhiani, born in 1985 in Tbilisi, lives in Berlin
Andrea Joyce Heimer, born in 1981 in Great Falls, Montana, lives in Ferndale, Washington
Gözde İlkin, born in 1981 in Kütahya, lives in Istanbul
Mirak Jamal, born in 1979 in Teheran, lives in Berlin
Mahmoud Khaled, born in 1982 in Alexandria, lives in Trondheim
Victor Leguy, born in 1979 in São Paulo, lives in São Paulo
Olaf Metzel, born in 1952 in Berlin, lives in Munich
Erkan Özgen, born in 1971 in Mardin, lives in Diyarbakir
Stephen G. Rhodes, born in 1977 in Houston, Texas, lives in Berlin

15th Istanbul Biennial at Pinakothek der Moderne Munich
15th Istanbul Biennial at Pinakothek der Moderne Munich Photo: IKSV

Öktem & Aykut Gallery moves to new location

on Monday, 05 March 2018. Posted in ---2018--- , March

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After running their gallery for almost four years at Portakal Sokak 2 in Galata, directors Tankut Aykut and Doğa Öktem decided to relocate their gallery Öktem & Aykut to Istanbul's Şişhane district at Aybastı Sokak 3 in January 2018. The new location was inaugurated with Sinan Logie’s exhibition titled 'The Elementary Particles'.

Öktem & Aykut Gallery moves to new location
Sinan Logie, The Elementary Particles, 2018, installation view at Öktem & Aykut Gallery

Guido Casaretto included in the permanent collection of MOCAK

on Monday, 05 March 2018. Posted in ---2018--- , March

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Guido Casaretto included in the permanent collection of MOCAK
Guido Casaretto, 'Waterfront IV', 2016, epoxy, photo: the artist and Zilberman Gallery


Guido Casaretto’s 'Waterfront IV' (2016) has been included in the permanent collection of Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków (MOCAK). Over the last five years Casaretto has been focusing on processes of sensory perception, utilizing different materials in order to make unusual copies of systems that represent various phenomena. Casted using epoxy, 'Waterfront IV' transforms the image of sea waves into a sculpture triggering haptic perceptions.

With his most recent works, Casaretto establishes a relationship between sensory perception triggered through the layering of different elements, and craftsmanship that follows a similar layered process of creation. Inspired by the utilization of materials and the working methods of craftsmen, Casaretto’s works make it difficult to distinguish between real formations in nature and the artist’s attempts to copy them. By making use of various materials, geological formations and mythological stories from the Mediterranean Basin, the artist underlines the difference between art and craftsmanship, that is significant for this region.

Guido Casaretto (1981) lives and works in Istanbul. One of the founders of Sanatorium, some of his solo shows are: The Pope and Galileo Had A Minor Disagreement (Zilberman Gallery, 2017), Synesthesia (Zilberman Gallery, 2015), Extrasystemic Correlations (Zilberman Gallery, 2012), Default (Sanatorium, Istanbul, 2011); and some of his group shows are: Urban Justice (CerModern, Ankara, 2015), Venice Biennial Italian Pavillion (Venice, 2011), and Teatro Comunale (Italy, 2000). His work is included in MOCAK–Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków (Krakow, Poland) and many important private collections in Europe and Middle East.

Koc Contemporary Art Museum opening in 2016

on Monday, 28 October 2013. Posted in ---2013---, September

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This summer, selected from more than 20 firms world wide, Grimshaw Architects has been chosen by the Vehbi Koç Foundation to design Koç Contemporary, a new contemporary art museum in Istanbul. Koç Contemporary will be located in Beyoglu, an area of Istanbul, home of most of the hip galleries in this booming art city, aiming to create a building which is an extension of this vibrant public realm where the boundary between inside and out is blurred and where passing pedestrians are tempted through exciting public spaces, which are rich in activity and surprise.

The museum is expected to be a landmark building entirely derived from its context with the mosaic tiled forms of traditional Ottoman architecture providing the inspiration for the design’s materials concept.

Working in a multi-disciplinary team of Thornton Tomasetti, Max Fordham, Neill Woodger Acoustics, lighting specialists Jason Bruges, the Grimshaw-led design will function as a civic icon, visitor attraction, a location for study, as well as a place to conserve, preserve and restore. Resolving the conflicts between the needs of the visitor and the needs of the collection were crucial to the competition-winning scheme. Grimshaw’s design will embrace the collection in all its diversity; its works on paper, paintings, video, media installations, performance art and music events are integral to the design of the visitor spaces.

The museum is set to open to the public in 2016.

Koc Contemporary Art Museum by Grimshaw Architects

Koc Contemporary Art Museum by Grimshaw Architects

Koc Contemporary Art Museum. Photos: Courtesy Grimshaw Architects

Interview with Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

on Monday, 28 October 2013. Posted in ---2013---, September

Art Critic and Writer Maja Markovic in Conversation with Mexican-Canadian electronic artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer about his inspirations, his work and his new commissioned work at Borusan Contemporary.

To read the full interview you can download the digital version of exhibist magazine here.

To begin with, please tell us a little about your work. What is it you endeavour to discover or reveal in your art? When asked about what you do, how would you describe your artistic practice?

My work is mostly at the intersection of architecture and performance art. I develop audiovisual platforms for public interaction: many pieces are about self-representation, intimacy, agency and the key idea that absence and presence are not opposites. The content of my work is often derived from participation, typically through technologies that are both violent and seductive.

Which works do you consider particularly significant in your oeuvre and could you tell us more about them?

"Voz Alta" was a memorial for the 40th Anniversary of the Tlatelolco student massacre in Mexico City. For this project an uncensored megaphone placed at the site of the killings converted people's voices into powerful light beams and FM radio signals that could be seen and heard from everywhere in the city.

As the modern world has become divided between digital and analog realities, the lines between the imagined world, dreams, and ‘the real’ have become increasingly obscure. How much do you want your installations to retain their technical presence and to what extent do you aim for suspension of disbelief?

I work with dissimulation rather than simulation. I don't want anyone to suspend their disbelief, exactly the opposite: I aim for everyone to be complicit with the artificiality of the project.

Your ‘relational’ art is reliant on a relationship between the artwork and the public, inhabiting spaces and creating zones of communication. Tell us about the importance of platforms of viewing in your art. Is there a particular medium or method of display with which you enjoy working most?

Certainly work in public space is the most rewarding from the perspective of diversity and unchoreographed behaviour. This is not to say that public space is "neutral" or completely unpredictable, but taking the same project from one city to another affords great surprises.

Tell us more about your newly commissioned work ‘Vicious Circular Breathing, 2013’ at Borusan Contemporary.

Vicious Circular Breathing is a hermetically-sealed installation that consists of a transparent glass room where people enter and breathe air that was already breathed by past participants. The breath is visualized using 61 brown paper bags which inflate and deflate within the normal range of human respiration, 8,000 and 30,000 times each day. The piece uses organ-like motorized bellows to make the stale air circulate and a set of electromagnetic valves to distribute the air to the bags. As the bags "breathe" the crackling paper and the soft hum of the air flowing through the ribbed tubing create an eerie sound for the whole installation. People are invited to enter the glass room through a decompression chamber and, once inside, the oxygen and carbon dioxide levels are monitored constantly: two emergency doors open automatically in case these reach dangerous levels. It’s totally optional, obviously, to walk in and breathe the recycled air or just stay outside and watch the valves, the room and the brown paper bags inflate and deflate.

What does the future have to bring in your work and explorations?

My next piece is a collaboration with polish artist Krzysztof Wodiczko for the International Architecture Biennial in Beijing. He is an artist that I have always admired and I am thrilled to be able to work with him.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer's works are on show at Borusan Contemporary Istanbul until 16 February 2014.

Vicious Circular Breathing at Borusan Contemporary

Vicious Circular Breathing at Borusan Contemporary
Vicious Circular Breathing, Installation View at Borusan Contemporary 2013. Photos: Anna Zizlsperger

Permanent Venue for Turkey at Venice Biennale

on Monday, 28 October 2013. Posted in Art News, January, ---2014---

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On the initiation of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and with the gracious support of 21 sponsors, Turkey is obtaining a long-term venue in the Venice Biennale, one of world's leading contemporary art and architecture events. The allotment of 20 years (from 2014 to 2034) at Arsenale, one of the two main venues of the event, will allow the Pavilion of Turkey to take part for the first time this year in the International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia.

The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts will be the coordinator of the Pavilion of Turkey that will take part in the Venice Biennale's both International Art Exhibition and Architecture Exhibition for the next 20 years. İKSV has already been coordinating the Pavilion of Turkey at the International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, since 2007.

The sponsoring persons and institutions that have contributed in providing Turkey with a permanent venue in the Venice Biennale include Akbank, Mehveş-Dalınç Arıburnu, Nezih Barut, Ali Raif Dinçkök, Vuslat Doğan Sabancı, Füsun-Faruk Eczacıbaşı, Oya-Bülent Eczacıbaşı, Enka Foundation, Nesrin Esirtgen, Eti Gıda San. ve Tic. AŞ, Kadir Has University, Öner Kocabeyoğlu, MAÇAKIZI, Tansa Mermerci Ekşioğlu, Polimeks İnşaat, SAHA Association, Taha Tatlıcı, T. Garanti Bankası AŞ, Vehbi Koç Foundation, Zafer Yıldırım, and Yıldız Holding AŞ.

The 14th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, curated by Rem Koolhaas, will be held from 7 June to 23 November 2014. The biennale, entitled "Fundamentals", will feature a number of country pavilions in Giardini and Arsenale, besides the main exhibition.
The 55th International Art Exhibition attracted over 475 thousand visitors.

The 55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, ran from 1 June to 24 November 2013. The Pavilion of Turkey in the Artigliere, Arsenale presented Ali Kazma's video series "Resistance" under the curatorship of Emre Baykal. The Venice Biennale, which featured 88 country pavilions including Turkey, besides curator Massimiliano Gioni's main exhibition entitled "The Encyclopaedic Palace", was visited by over 475,000 people during the six months it was open.

The Pavilion of Turkey is organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, sponsored by FIAT and Vehbi Koç Foundation and realised under the auspices of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Republic of Turkey, with the contribution of the Promotion Fund of the Turkish Prime Ministry. SAHA Association gave support to the production of Ali Kazma's video series "Resistance".

The curator of the Turkish Pavilion in the 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, will be announced by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts in 2014.

Venice Biennale Pavilion of Turkey, Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia
Venice Biennale Pavilion of Turkey, Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia

The Pavilion of Turkey at Biennale Architettura 2014

on Monday, 28 October 2013. Posted in Art News, January, ---2014---

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The Pavilion of Turkey, which, for the first time, will participate in the 14th International Architecture Exhibition that will run from 7 June through to 23 November 2014, has Murat Tabanlıoğlu appointed as curator and Pelin Derviş as project coordinator. Coordinated by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, the Pavilion of Turkey will be located at Arsenale, one of the main venues of the Venice Biennale, for 20 years from 2014 to 2034, thanks to the contributions of 21 supporters that allowed the allotment.

An alumnus of the Vienna Technical University Architecture Department, Murat Tabanlıoğlu had already gained valuable experience through his works with distinguished architects in Vienna when he returned to Turkey in 1990 to found the Tabanlıoğlu Architecture with his father Dr. Hayati Tabanlıoğlu. He designed the Doğan Media Center, a home also to the Milliyet Newspaper. Mr. Tabanlıoğlu teaches architectural studio at various universities, including Bilgi University, and gives lectures both home and abroad. As a jury member, in addition to his international contributions, such as at AIA and WAF, Mr. Tabanlıoğlu served on the Master Jury for the 2013 Cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Pelin Derviş graduated from the Istanbul Technical University in architecture and completed her master’s degree in history of architecture at the same university. After working in her architectural practice on projects of various types and dimensions ranging from urban inventory projects to spatial and object design for 14 years she focused on the cultural production aspect of architecture. Working as an independent editor and curator in Istanbul, architect Pelin Derviş' special fields of interest include the documentation of modern architectural production and the contemporary urban issues of Istanbul.

IKSV has formed a Scientific Committee to provide curator Murat Tabanlıoğlu and project coordinator Pelin Derviş with the necessary academic support and counselling in their project for the biennial. The Scientific Committee comprises academicians who work on architecture and history of architecture, including Istanbul Technical University Faculty of Architecture lecturer Prof. Dr. Arzu Erdem, Istanbul Şehir University Sociology Department lecturer and Director of the Center for Urban Studies Prof. Dr. Murat Güvenç, Aga Khan Award for Architecture former General Secretary and President of the World Architecture Community Prof. Dr. Suha Özkan, and Mardin Artuklu University Dean of Faculty of Architecture Prof. Dr. Uğur Tanyeli.

The 14th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, will be curated by Rem Koolhaas, on 7 June - 23 November 2014. The biennale, entitled "Fundamentals", will feature a number of country pavilions in Giardini and Arsenale, besides the main exhibition. The details regarding the Pavilion of Turkey will be announced in the first months of 2014.

Turkey in the Venice Biennale for the next 20 years On the initiation of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts and with the gracious support of 21 persons and institutions, Turkey is obtaining a long-term venue in the Venice Biennale, one of the world's leading contemporary art and architecture events. The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts will be coordinating the Pavilion of Turkey that will take part in the Venice Biennale's both International Art Exhibition and Architecture Exhibition, and the commissioner will be IKSV's International Projects Coordinator Tuna Ortaylı.

The supporting persons and institutions that have contributed in providing Turkey with a permanent venue in Venice include Akbank, Mehveş-Dalınç Arıburnu, Nezih Barut, Ali Raif Dinçkök, Vuslat Doğan Sabancı, Füsun-Faruk Eczacıbaşı, Oya-Bülent Eczacıbaşı, Enka Foundation, Nesrin Esirtgen, Eti Gıda San. ve Tic. AŞ, Kadir Has University, Öner Kocabeyoğlu, MAÇAKIZI, Tansa Mermerci Ekşioğlu, Polimeks İnşaat, SAHA Association, Taha Tatlıcı, T. Garanti Bankası AŞ, Vehbi Koç Foundation, Zafer Yıldırım, and Yıldız Holding AŞ.

Murat Tabanlioglu (Curator) and Pelin Dervis (Project Coordinator)
Murat Tabanlioglu (Curator) and Pelin Dervis (Project Coordinator)
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