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Roger Ballen is undoubtedly one of the most influential photographers of the 21 st century, making the Istanbul Modern exhibition “Roger Ballen: Retrospective” mandatory viewing for all art appreciators in the city. Publishing his first book, Boyhood , in 1979, over the following decades Ballen...

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Mersad Berber, Pera Museum

Positioned between the art worlds of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is home to art galleries and museums serve to contemporary art, and traditional artists as well.

Istanbul is a city of many layers, drawing together seemingly disparate eras, cultures, languages, and ways of living into a richly patterned whole. The art scene reflects this variety, with traditional and contemporary rubbing shoulders in the city’s galleries. ARTER The Chapman brothers made...

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The Museum of Broken Relationships, Istanbul

Positioned between the art worlds of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is home to art galleries and museums serve to contemporary art, and traditional artists as well.

Everyone with an interest in literary Istanbul knows Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence , which exhibits the remains of character Kemal’s kleptomaniac relationship with the young Füsun. Thankfully, these displays of labeled cigarette butts, clothes, edibles, and photos are the document of a...

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I want to be an artist too_1_JAN KUCK_2015

Positioned between the art worlds of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is home to art galleries and museums serve to contemporary art, and traditional artists as well.

After founding her first gallery, Art350 , on Bağdat Caddesi four years ago, Anna Laudel has now opened Anna Laudel Contemporary in Karaköy. The gallery’s first exhibition, When did we stop playing? , collaborates with Bernheimer Contemporary to show the latest wave from the art hub of Berlin....

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Positioned between the art worlds of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is home to art galleries and museums serve to contemporary art, and traditional artists as well.

Artist Feyhaman Duran, now the subject of a large exhibition at the Sabancı Museum, is one of Turkey’s talented curiosities. Born in the Ottoman Empire, made in the Turkish Republic, master of Arabic calligraphy and Western painting, trained in Istanbul and Paris – Duran’s life combines many...

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Positioned between the art worlds of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is home to art galleries and museums serve to contemporary art, and traditional artists as well.

The complex geography of Southeastern Europe, the Middle East, and the Caucasus has been united and separated under many empires over the centuries. Current politics divides these regions on the basis of nation and religion, but that was not always the case. In his exhibition ArTriangle “City...

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Burak Delier - Free Society of Fools and Crooks. Photo by Rıdvan Bayrakoğlu

Discover Istanbul’s arts & culture scene with exhibition reviews, museums, concerts, interviews with artists, and contemporary art news.

In our time, movies such as Catch Me If You Can or Ocean’s 11 have shown that fictional con men can make more money in the cinema than the real ones do on the street. But public consciousness of con men goes back farther than we might think, in fact to a man named William Thompson in 1840s New York...

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Istanbul Design Biennial
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Readers of the 1,001 Nights might remember the story “The City of Brass,” which features several kinds of humanoid robots, a robotic horse, and dancing puppets with no strings. While this is fantasy fiction, the story points to a period of Medieval Arab science that the world has largely forgotten...

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Oxias Sivriada, Le Petit Parisien - July 31, 1910

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Nineteenth-century Istanbul was a model of cosmopolitanism, and travel writers delighted in describing the dense variety of languages, religions, and costumes in the neighborhoods around the Golden Horn. But among this cacophony there was a different kind of voice that appeared in almost all...

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Eda Soylu - reconstructing the home anew

Positioned between the art worlds of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is home to art galleries and museums serve to contemporary art, and traditional artists as well.

In normal circumstances, walking into a gallery and destroying the art is known as vandalism. But for Istanbul-based artist Eda Soylu, that is all part of the process. Her new exhibition Constructing the House Anew at Galeri KHAS invites visitors to participate directly in the work’s decay. It was...

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Ahmet Öğüt

Positioned between the art worlds of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is home to art galleries and museums serve to contemporary art, and traditional artists as well.

Appropriately for a space whose name means “under” in Turkish, Alt is indeed underground. But its latest exhibition, featuring artists Ahmet Öğüt, Marwa Arsanios, and Allora & Calzadilla, also draws on this location to excavate under the society of the spectacle and uncover some truths in its...

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Positioned between the art worlds of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is home to art galleries and museums serve to contemporary art, and traditional artists as well.

Exiting at Küçükyalı metro station on a busy motorway and walking through a neighborhood of concrete apartment blocks on Istanbul’s Asian side could put you almost anywhere in this modern city. All the more remarkable, then, when the ruins of the grandest monastery from 9 th-century Istanbul appear...

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Positioned between the art worlds of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is home to art galleries and museums serve to contemporary art, and traditional artists as well.

Interconnectivity of networks, free capital flows, ergonomic efficiency from mind to interface to production: these are the catchphrases of the digital world that is rapidly encasing our workplaces, homes, and bodies. New York-based artist Mika Tajima has examined these dizzying developments in her...

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Murat Germen

Positioned between the art worlds of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is home to art galleries and museums serve to contemporary art, and traditional artists as well.

“Can art really change the world?” There is no doubt that art can be beautiful, insightful, and disturbing, but at some point every art appreciator will have asked this question to the mirror. If your conscience is still grappling with the problem then you might find some solace at an upcoming...

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Find over 2,000 years of Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and modern history in the city’s museums. From Sufism to photography, Istanbul is full of cultural marvels.

After its sound-based exhibition Everyday Sounds, the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (RCAC) now turns to a subtler but more evocative sense: smell. Exhibition curator Lauren Nicole Davis began recording smells as a form of intangible cultural heritage as her PhD research, focusing on...

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