Maxxi Museum hosts major survey of Contemporary Art from Turkey
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The show 'Istanbul: Passion, Joy, Fury', which runs from 11 December 2015 until 3 May 2016, is part of MAXXI’s exhibition cycle focusing on the cultural realities of the Mediterranean and the relationships between the Middle East and Europe. It is the final stage of the project’s three phases, which began with a series of meetings and workshops led by curators, artists, historians and architects in both Rome and Istanbul. The results of this period of research — to be presented on a website in conjunction with the exhibition — formed the basis for the display, which aims to present Istanbul’s complicated and dynamic character beginning with an outline of its current cultural status and tracing back to its historical roots. As always, the museum aims for an interdisciplinary approach; it will include works from various media, as well as foster an active exchange amongst the artistic and intellectual communities of Turkey and Europe.
Istanbul is an interesting case study. The city has undergone many intense social and cultural upheavals, which came to a climax with the evolving protest movement in 2013 and triggered a climate of social change involving members of the artistic community, as well as intellectuals and local youths. Additionally, the city is rapidly expanding and developing, which creates space for various new local and international projects. The gezi Park protests of 2013 will serve as the starting point for the exhibition, which evolves around five major themes: ‘Urban Changes’ with a special focus on gentrification, ecology and self-organization; ‘Political conflicts and resistance’ seen through the eyes of independent thinkers reflecting on justice, violence or gender issues; ‘Innovative Production Models’ tied to consumerism and the challenges of the working class; ‘geopolitical Urgencies’ dealing with the pressing issue of minorities and refugees; and finally ‘Hope’, seen through new socio-political solutions and strategies, along with artistic expressions of joy and growth.
The invited artists and architects: Hamra Abbas, Can Altay & Jeremiah Day, Halil Altındere, Emrah Altınok, Architecture For All (Herkes İçin Mimarlık), Volkan Aslan, Fikret Atay, Atelier Istanbul: Arnavutköy, Vahap Avşar, İmre Azem & Gaye Günay, Osman Bozkurt, Angelika Brudniak & Cynthia Madansky, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Antonio Cosentino, Burak Delier, Cem Dinlenmiş, Cevdet Erek, İnci Eviner, Extrastruggle, Nilbar Güreş, Ha Za Vu Zu, Emre Hüner, Ali Kazma, Sinan Logie & Yoann Morvan, Networks of Dispossession, Nejla Osseiran, Ceren Oykut, Pınar Öğrenci, Ahmet Öğüt, Didem Özbek, Şener Özmen, PATTU, Didem Pekün, Zeyno Pekünlü, Mario Rizzi, Sarkis, SO?, Superpool, ŞANALarc, Ali Taptık, Serkan Taycan, Cengiz Tekin, Güneş Terkol, Nasan Tur.