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Issues of identity and belonging are never far from the surface in Turkey, and have become one of the main themes for many contemporary artists. Serra Behar’s first solo show, To Remember , engages with society, personal history, and religion through 17 years of her work. Due to Behar’s training in...

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No LaB first burst onto the Istanbul scene with Modern Africa / A Rainbow Nation , showing a new face of art and design from Africa. Now with their second exhibition, the women behind No LaB, Ala Onur and Zeynep Ercan, believe that Turkish street culture is ready for a contemporary twist. The new...

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Guitar Player 2003 Oil on canvas 28x37 cm

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.

Born in 1932, Fernando Botero is the most renowned artist of South America and a cultural icon in his native Colombia. A range of his sculptures, paintings, and drawings is now on display in Istanbul for the first time, brought from a private collection in Switzerland. Called Everyday's Poetry –...

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Refik Anadol

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Back in 1968, Philip K Dick’s science fiction novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? asked whether intelligent robots could have genuine emotions. Technology is not quite there yet, but the collaborations at Google’s Artists and Machine Intelligence (AMI) program are making potentially...

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The Grand Bazaar is the largest covered market in the world and also Europe’s most-visited tourist attraction. The 15 million who visit every year are drawn by the profusion of gold, leather, antiques, carpets, ceramics, and jewelry in the bazaar’s over 4,000 shops. But there is another world in...

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ballenesque-room

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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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The Museum of Broken Relationships, Istanbul

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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

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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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