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

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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From left to right Tyma Hezam, Akram Al-Amoudi, Farah Salem, Mohammad Shibli, Rawan Husseini, Marwan Haredy

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

The oft-repeated phrase of countless travel guides declares that Istanbul is “a fusion of Europe and Asia”. But in a century when you can buy a Savile Row suit in Dubai or eat falafel in London, we might question whether the concepts of “East” and “West” have much meaning left. On the other hand,...

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Yelkovan - Ömer Necipoğlu

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.

“Isn’t it something of an adventure, the joy of millions of birds liberated outside of mosques, synagogues, and churches, the joy of people, for hundreds of years? I know that one day someone pleasant, intelligent, pure-hearted will arrive to write a beautiful, joyful, hopeful history of Florya’s...

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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.

To maintain the dynamism that has brought Istanbul’s contemporary art onto the international stage, there is a need for young artists with unique points of view. Cansu Korkmaz, now 26 years old, first came to the city’s attention with her photographic project and book Garipbirenerjinvar (...

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Ara Güler's photo, used with his permission

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 photographing most countries in the world, receiving the French Legion of Honor, being named one of the world’s seven “star photographers” by the British Journal of Photography in 1968, and taking classic images of icons such as Picasso, Dali, and Hitchcock, photographer Ara Güler refuses to...

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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 concept of Out My Window first emerged when photographer Gail Albert Halaban was spending sleepless nights with her newborn child, staring out the window at neighboring houses in New York. The photographs capture, and are captured from, the homes of strangers, and yet Halaban’s work is not...

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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.

As well as producing ethereal music under the name Meczup , Cihan Gülbudak is pioneering the art of drone photography in Turkey. The film Isengard , for which he is still seeking funding to complete, documents the environmental destruction happening across Anatolia - especially at new industrial...

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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.

While ancient Greece and Egypt are regular features of children’s coloring books, even adults might have difficulty describing the civilization of the Hittites. The exhibition John Garstang’s Footsteps Across Anatolia at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (RCAC) aims to introduce this...

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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.

At the most fundamental level, Istanbul is a city that offers itself to the image; from the seven hills of the old city to the twin shores of the Bosphorus, there are few urban areas more dramatic than this. Then add social interest, a proverbial clash of cultures, and rich architectural traditions...

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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.

Amant Turc is a chic and vibrant gallery and picture framer just down the road from the Galata Tower. Artists represented in the gallery include illustrator Ömer Faruk Yaman, Denny di Pasquantonio, and photographers Noemie Deveaux and Emma Poulain. The interior of the gallery offers a vivid...

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

Photograph artist Şafak Yıldız has brought a Surrealist sensibility to 21 st -century Istanbul in his exhibition Istanbul in Nature , on display at the Beykoz Municipality Prof. Dr. Necmettin Erbakan Cultural Center until February 26. While these images have a contemporary finish, the artist is...

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

Frank Uwe Laysiepen, who goes by the pseudonym Ulay, is often referred to as the pioneer of performance art and is perhaps one of the most innovative artists of the past 50 years. A selection of Ulay's early work will be showcased under the title “Disidentification and Metamorphosis” at Şekerbank...

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

Balamir Nazlıca, raised in Switzerland and educated in Istanbul, is a photographer, video artist, painter, lyricist, and musician. The first video in his Unconcealment series was featured on our blog - this time we wanted to learn more about his background and technique. Nazlıca has now produced a...

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Discover Istanbul’s gourmet boutiques, speciality shops, and Turkish designers. Learn about Grand Bazaar & Spice Bazaar, and the city’s largest shopping malls.

On a side street in the bar neighborhood of Asmalımescit there is tucked away an exciting new concept store. Opened last summer by fashion designer and dreamer Gülnaz Özatalay Yenidünya with her husband Ali (a born raconteur), Pür İstanbul is a shop and workshop space for contemporary design. It...

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

When we’re surrounded by easily transferable digital images, it’s easy to forget the age of analogue photography, whose delicate processes can easily be tampered with and whose relics seem both more solid and more precious. Istanbul Modern’s exhibition Magnum – Contact Sheets sheds light on many...

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