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Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director Ocula Conversation Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director

Pierre Huyghe is a producer of spectacular and memorable enigmas, with works that function more like mirages than as objects. Abyssal Plain (2015–ongoing), his contribution to the 2015 Istanbul Biennial, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, was installed on the seabed of the Marmara Sea, some 20 metres below the surface of the water and close to...

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MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern Ocula Report MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern 29 Nov 2019 : Mohammad Salemy for Ocula

In the early decades of its existence, New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, transformed from a philanthropic project modestly housed in a few rooms of the Heckscher Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, to an alleged operating node in the United States' cultural struggle during the cold war, and one of the...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Picturing Ai Weiwei in Istanbul Related Press Picturing Ai Weiwei in Istanbul Hyperallergic : 5 January 2018

In an era where superstar Chinese artist Ai Weiwei feels ubiquitous, this past summer I experienced the full extent of that reality over the course of two months. After attending a New York preview for his new film about migrants, Human Flow (2017), I traveled to Israel to visit a major exhibition of his work at the Israel Museum in West Jerusalem,...

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The Istanbul Biennial Examines the Tricky Question of What Makes a “Good Neighbor” Related Press The Istanbul Biennial Examines the Tricky Question of What Makes a “Good Neighbor” Hyperallergic : 31 October 2017

In the months leading up to the 15th edition of the Istanbul Biennial, posters — hung in windows alongside 'For Rent' signs and pasted next to broadsides advertising concerts began asking the city's residents some very personal questions:Is a good neighbor someone you rarely see? Is a good neighbor richer or poorer than you? Is a good...

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In Conversation With Elmgreem & Dragset Related Press In Conversation With Elmgreem & Dragset Bazaar : 15 September 2017

The Danish-Norwegian artist duo have been challenging notions of power through their multidisciplinary work since they first emerged in 1995. They've now taken on the curation of this year's Istanbul Biennial. Maria Marques speaks to them in Istanbul.In the winter of 2012, an unusual figure joined the austere statues in London's Trafalgar Square....

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Elmgreen & Dragset reveal details of the Istanbul Biennial Related Press Elmgreen & Dragset reveal details of the Istanbul Biennial The Art Newspaper : 16 June 2017

The high-profile Scandinavian artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, who took part in Art Basel's Conversation programme earlier this week, revealed to us more details of the 15th Istanbul Biennial, which they are organising. The exhibition will feature 30 new commissions and works by ten Turkish artists out of a total of 57. A full list of artists...

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Contemporary Istanbul raided by Islamist group Related Press Contemporary Istanbul raided by Islamist group ArtAsiaPacific : 4 November 2016

On the evening of November 3, the 11th edition of the Contemporary Istanbul art fair at the Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Center was stormed by an Islamist group angered by the depiction of the last Ottoman sultan, Abdulhamid II, in an artwork by Ali Elmacı at the booth of Chilean gallery Isabel Croxatto. The group demanded the removal of the...

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Sharjah Biennial announces cross-national programming for thirteenth edition Related Press Sharjah Biennial announces cross-national programming for thirteenth edition Artforum : 16 October 2016

To be curated by Christine Tohmé, the thirteenth edition of the Sharjah Biennial will span five cities—Beirut, Dakar, Istanbul, Ramallah, and Sharjah—for a year of programming.

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Art and instability in Istanbul Related Press Art and instability in Istanbul Apollo Magazine : 27 June 2016

Anyone who witnessed Istanbul’s rise as a cosmopolitan hub over the past decade will notice the stark change that has come over it this year. Three suicide bomb attacks in the past six months have cast a pall over the city, as well as striking a blow to its already struggling contemporary art scene.Official statistics showed a 28 per cent...

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Fourth edition of Art International in Istanbul is postponed Related Press Fourth edition of Art International in Istanbul is postponed The Art Newspaper : 27 April 2016

The organisers of Art International, the Istanbul-based contemporary art fair, have decided to postpone this year’s edition, which was scheduled to take place this autumn (23-25 September) at the Haliç Congress Centre on the banks of the Golden Horn.“The fair is on hold until we can put together something all the stakeholders and...

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Artist duo to curate 15th Istanbul Biennial Related Press Artist duo to curate 15th Istanbul Biennial ArtAsiaPacific : 14 April 2016

The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) announced on April 13 that the artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset will curate the 15th Istanbul Biennial, which opens in mid-September 2017. The two artists, Michael Elmgreen (b. Denmark, 1961) and Ingar Dragset (b. Norway, 1969), have worked together since 1995, and their appointment in Istanbul...

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Artists from Turkey navigate history, memory, and authorship Related Press Artists from Turkey navigate history, memory, and authorship Hyperallergic : 16 February 2016

Alt, which translates to “under,” is Istanbul’s newest space for contemporary art. After descending a staircase at Bomontiada, (a compound of sorts that includes Alt, a music venue, a café, a restaurant, architecture studios, and several other planned ventures), you are immediately aware that you’re in a windowless cellar...

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Jameel Prize 4 announces shortlisted artists Related Press Jameel Prize 4 announces shortlisted artists Art Radar Journal : 29 January 2016

The biennial Jameel Prize is an international award for contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic traditions, open to artists of any ethnic, religious or cultural background. It was founded in 2009 by the Victoria & Albert Museum in partnership with Art Jameel, the founding partner of Edge of Arabia, The Crossway Foundation, Jeddah Art...

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Four artworks for a broken time Related Press Four artworks for a broken time Hyperallergic : 21 January 2016

While the discourse on global insecurity often remains confined to the War on Terror being fought in and around the Middle East, our current state of insecurity underlies the entire structure of reality as a place of interminable tensions and ongoing revolutions, always animated by wars that happen elsewhere, far away.Qualitatively speaking,...

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Amid Political Turbulence in Istanbul, Artists Seek Grace Related Press Amid Political Turbulence in Istanbul, Artists Seek Grace Hyperallergic : 17 December 2015

Once the world has been lost — in politics this is always identified with the outbreak of war, but there are other versions of loss too, such as metaphysical and moral disintegration, financial dissolution, or a natural disaster — what becomes urgent is not the reestablishment of the old structure but the building of a new one, as if...

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"Democratic Luxury" Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin Related Press "Democratic Luxury" Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin ArtAsiaPacific : 8 December 2015

The bridge between postmodern and contemporary art in Turkey can be personified by a single figure: the late Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin, who was born in İzmir in 1957 and died on the last day of 2007. During the 1980s, Alptekin studied aesthetics and sociology at the Sorbonne in Paris, steeping himself in the discourses of semiotics and...

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Contemporary Istanbul 2015 Related Press Contemporary Istanbul 2015 Aesthetica Magazine : 13 November 2015

Contemporary Istanbul launches its 10th edition this week, beginning with a private preview, and opening to the public on 12 November. One of the region’s leading art fairs, Contemporary Istanbul celebrates its landmark anniversary with a showcase of over 700 artworks from 102 leading and emerging galleries from 28 cities worldwide. This...

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14th Istanbul Biennial saltwater a theory of thought forms Related Press 14th Istanbul Biennial saltwater a theory of thought forms Artasia Pacific : 7 September 2015

The 14th edition of the Istanbul Biennial marks a change of pace, both for the long-running biennial itself, and for visitors, who will be traveling from the top of the Bosporus all the way to the Princes’ Islands in the Sea of Marmara in order to experience more than 1,500 artworks by 80-plus participants.

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 A city-wide exhibition for everyone: 14th Istanbul Biennial Related Press A city-wide exhibition for everyone: 14th Istanbul Biennial The Hurriyet Daily News : 3 September 2015

While creating the framework of the biennial, festival “draftsperson” Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev focused on the thought and the concept of “saltwater,” the Bosphorus and its currents going in opposite directions. Christov-Bakargiev also focused on the history of Istanbul and Bosphorus and how the Bosphorus was made. It is...

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Armenian programme presented at 14th Istanbul Biennial Related Press Armenian programme presented at 14th Istanbul Biennial Mediamax : 3 September 2015

The details of the Armenian programme were today presented at the 14th Istanbul Biennial entitled SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms. The Armenian programme was presented with the support of Dilijan Art Initiative, which is part of the IDeA (Initiatives for Development of Armenia) Charitable Foundation.“The year 2015 marks one century...

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UBS Partners With Annie Leibovitz On Global Exhibition Tour Related Press UBS Partners With Annie Leibovitz On Global Exhibition Tour UBS : 20 August 2015

UBS announced today an international tour of newly commissioned photographs by world-renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz focusing on portraits of women. Launching in London in January 2016, the exhibition will travel to 10 global cities in 12 months. Host cities will include Tokyo, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico City, Istanbul,...

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ARTINTERNATIONAL gathers artists and galleries in Istanbul Related Press ARTINTERNATIONAL gathers artists and galleries in Istanbul 13 August 2015 : 17 August 2015

World-renowned art fair ARTINTERNATIONAL, which will be held in Turkey for the first time this year, will host several art galleries and artists from around the world, among which are the Victoria Miro Art Gallery, Catalan painter Joan Miro, Alex Katz and many others.Founded in London in 1985 and one of the most important contemporary art...

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Video Art Exhibit In Istanbul Looks To Replicate Success In The West Related Press Video Art Exhibit In Istanbul Looks To Replicate Success In The West Blouin Artinfo : 10 August 2015

 As “Moving Image Istanbul” enters its second edition, the video art fair is coming to the second floor of Kuleli Building of the Haliç Congress Center in the bustling metropolis of Turkey. It’s scheduled to be held September 4-6 and willrun alongside “Art International”. As the name suggests, “Moving Image...

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Cutting edge contemporary art creates bridge between Australia and Turkey Related Press Cutting edge contemporary art creates bridge between Australia and Turkey Asialink : 24 July 2015

Neverwhere brings together the work of eight contemporary Australian artists to disturb distinctions between our real and imagined selves, between authentic and fantastical scenarios. Works in this exhibition perform and postulate identity however narratives are largely informed by external - often mysterious - forces, both seen and unseen. The...

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Hollywood Glam: Alex Prager takes on Istanbul's Arts and Culture Festival Related Press Hollywood Glam: Alex Prager takes on Istanbul's Arts and Culture Festival Wallpaper : 6 June 2015

Istanbul may not be known as a global cultural capital, but Demet Müftüoğlu Eşeli and her husband, Alphan Eşeli, are changing that thanks to the Istanbul Arts & Culture Festival. IST Festival for short - which just closed its fifth edition last Sunday, bringing a number of bold names in fashion, art and entertainment from around the globe to...

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Review of ‘Doris Salcedo’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago: An Exhibit for the Forgotten Related Press Review of ‘Doris Salcedo’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago: An Exhibit for the Forgotten The Wall Street Journal : 4 April 2015

To enter “Doris Salcedo,” the first retrospective of the artist’s work, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, visitors must penetrate a vast field of generic wooden tables—a kind of maze, with narrow, irregular paths. Each table has another placed on it, legs in the air, with a thick layer of something like soil...

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About Istanbul

Outside of its rich and complex history within the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul is widely known for its art, particularly through the art fair Contemporary Istanbul and the Istanbul Biennial, both of which prove the city as a major art hub not only in the far past, but also for contemporary art today.

Istanbul Modern is Turkey's first private museum of modern and contemporary art and was opened in 2004. Istanbul Modern places emphasis on artists from the region. Such artists include Hoca Ali Rıza, Nurullah Berk, Nedim Günsür, Omer Uluç, and Canan Tolon, amongst others. The museum's permanent collection also includes renowned international artists such as Adrián Villar Rojas and Olafur Eliasson. Past exhibitions range from a retrospective on Erol Akyavaş to a group exhibition on love and politics featuring Alessandro Pessoli, Hiraki Sawa, Boyd Webb, and Saskia Olde Wolbers. In addition to the permanent collection and temporary exhibition spaces, there is also a photography gallery, video area, library, and cinema. For galleries, a highly recommended area to explore is Karaköy neighbourhood of the city, where you can find artSümer.

A modern art museum, but much more research-informed, Salt Beyoğlu is equally known for its programming as its exhibitions. The museum has another locationin Istanbul called Salt Galata, dedicated to workshops, research, exhibitions, and conferences. Focused on visual and material culture, Salt Beyoğlu's exhibitions have included research-based, Eurasia-focused collective Slavs and Tatars' first mid-career survey. The not-for-profit art centre Arter is a contemporary art space opened in 2010; its inaugural exhibition was titled Starter and ambitiously exhibited more than 160 works by 87 artists.

For older works visit the Pera Museum's permanent collection, which consists of four sections: Orientalist paintings, Anatolian weights and measuresy, Kütahya tiles and ceramics, and photography. The impressive photography collection covers the 19th and 20th centuries, with more than 7,000 photographs of the city. Pera's exhibits feature artists like Rembrandt, Joan Miró, Akira Kurosawa, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, and Frida Kahlo.

For more local and international historical paintings, check out the National Palaces Painting Museum, which showcases pieces from the palace's collection. For even older works that date further back, visit The Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora, now known as the Chora Museum. Previously a medieval Byzantine Greek Orthodox church, it was turned into a mosque in the 15th century and a museum in 1945. It has preserved many of its mosaics, which mostly date from 1077–1081, and provides a satisfying timeline of the history of the arts in Istanbul.

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