LIST OF RECOMMENDED APRIL’18 ART & CULTURAL EVENTS

April 2, 2018 | News

APRIL 2018: CULTURAL & ART AGENDA

ISTANBUL EVENTS :

The exhibition “A Francophonic look: Turquerie and Orientalism”

“The exhibition A Francophonic look: Turquerie and Orientalism” being held under the patronage of FICAC and
General Consulate of France in Istanbul is an event taking within the Francophonie Festival, at the renowned
educational institution in İstanbul, Saint Benoit High School’s “ La Galerie” between 8th of March and 5th of April.
The vernissage will take place on Thursday March 8th at 1800 hours. 50 works from the Erol Makzume collection,
depicted in different techniques, belonging to 40 artists, will be presented to artlovers, some being exhibited for the
first time. Among the artists are some well known names such as Van Loo, Leprince, Melling, Decamps, Pasini, Ziem,
Brest, Hayette, Warnia-Zarzecki, and Signac. Exhibition starts from the years 1700-1800 when few European artists
could travel to the East and when Turkish fashion and objects were popular in Europe, thus the Turquerie period, and
continues to the time when artists could travel more easily to the East during 1800-1940 starting to depict its local
people and sceneries in their natural setting of light and colors, creating Orientalist works. Some of the works were
painted when photography had not widely spread to the East, thus carrying documentary value. All Works were
depicted by French or French speaking, francophone, artists.
March 8 ,2018 – April 5 2018
Özel Saint Benoît Fransız Lisesi Kemeraltı Cad. N°11 Karaköy 34425 İstanbul

Traces of the Muhammad Ali Pasha Family at the Atlı Köşk

Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM) is hosting the exhibition ‘A Dynasty at the Bosphorus: Traces of
the Muhammad Ali Pasha Family at the Atlı Köşk’ featuring a selection of photographs and objects from the family’s
past. The exhibition, opened on 17th of February, is organized in connection with the Museum’s series of conferences
on the Muhammad Ali Pasha Family members’ life stories, architectural legacy in Istanbul, and influences in Ottoman
Empire’s and Turkey’s art and culture.
Muhammad Ali Pasha (known in Turkey as Kavalalı Mehmed Ali Paşa) who was sent to Egypt first as a military
commander and later as a governor soon established hiscomplete hegemony over the region and opened a new epoch
in its history always maintained relations with Istanbul, and his descendants followed suit.
Atlı Köşk, designed by the prominent contemporary architect Edoardo De Nari in 1925, on the order of Prince
Muhammad Ali Hassan and which now hosts the Sakıp Sabancı Museum affiliated to the Sabancı University hosts
today an exhibition reflecting the daily life and history of its original owners, members of the Muhammad Ali Pasha
Dynasty. This exhibition of photographs and personal belongings of the members of the dynasty of Muhammad Ali
Pasha of Egypt in the Prince Muhammad Ali Hassan Mansion, now known as “Atlı Köşk” (Mansion with the Horse),
itself a legacy of the same Dynasty, which once left its mark on Istanbul bears witness to the golden age of the family.
The memorabilia of the family, which was among the prominent actors of Istanbul’s daily life and cultural
environment in the nineteenth century when tradition and novelty were intermingled and whose influence on social
life extended to the years of republic shed a light on the family’s past as well as providing a glimpse of the country’s
history.
February 17,2018 – April 29 2018.
Sabancı Üniversitesi Sakıp Sabancı Müzesi Sakıp Sabancı Cad. No:42 Emirgan 34467 İstanbul

Naturalist, Explorer, Designer

This exhibition showcases the work of six international designers who take their inspiration from nature. Drawing
from research on glass and ceramics, the work combines techniques in modern glass blowing with explorations of the
textural properties of sand and alchemical approaches to clay. Their designs are sourced from natural phenomena and
organic patterns. The featured designers are Ekin Kayış (Helsinki), Lina Saleh (Jeddah), Studio Ayaskan (London),
Made by Manos (London), Menderes Güneş (İstanbul) and Rezzan Hasoğlu (London)
March 15, 2018 – April 14, 2018
ECNP Galeri, Ahmet Fetgari Sok No 56-A, Nişantaşı, Istanbul

Remnants From My Grandmother’s House
Eda Soylu

Artist Eda Soylu uses grandmothers’ houses as a way to delve into a meditation of absence. Drawing from thematic
elements that include ragged curtains, a vase mended with tape, ripped wallpapers and cracked plates, she finds a sort
of harmony in the shadows and objects left behind. As Soylu puts it, ‘The departed leaves with an empty void and
melancholy behind.’
March 2, 2018 – April 14, 2018
Mixer, Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mahallesi, Mumhane Caddesi No. 50, Beyoğlu, Istanbul

Kara Kum
Nil Yalter

This solo presents new work from Nil Yalter, a pioneer in the French feminist art movement of the 1970’s. After
delving into the urban transformation of neighbourhoods in Paris, New York, and Lyon, she turns her sights to
Istanbul and the neighbourhood of Haskoy. This show consists of installations, videos, photographs, canvases and
performance, with a name inspired by the material transformation of burnt sand into black, as witness at a Haskoy
foundry. Yalter’s work investigates darkness and closure through a lens of art, science and mythology.
March 9, 2018 – April 21, 2018
Galerist, Meşrutiyet Caddesi No. 67/1, Tepebaşı, Beyoğlu

In Fact

The Elgiz Museum presents an exhibition of 17 works in various media, includng photography, sculpture and video.
There are pieces by notable artists, including Cindy Sherman, Erwin Wurm, Volkan Kızıltunç and TUNCA. The show
focuses on the concept of representation in the current post-truth era.
December 5, 2017 – April 30, 2018
Elgiz Museum, Beybi Giz Plaza, Maslak 34398, İstanbul 

 

Persuasion
Mike Berg

For his 7th solo show, artist Mike Berg transforms the space at Galeri Nev with a site-specific installation. His
minimal and geometric aesthetic combines with his fascination with the potential of certain materials to create and allencompassing
experience. His art focuses on the process of transition, as he converts his gouache drawings to hand
woven kilims or calligraphic ink designs into metal sculptures.
Ber has been living and working in Istanbul for over 10 years.
March 30, 2018 – April 28, 2018
Galeri Nev Istanbul, Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mahallesi, Mumhane Caddesi No. 46, Beyoğlu

 

Kara Kum
Nil Yalter

This solo presents new work from Nil Yalter, a pioneer in the French feminist art movement of the 1970’s. After
delving into the urban transformation of neighbourhoods in Paris, New York, and Lyon, she turns her sights to
Istanbul and the neighbourhood of Haskoy. This show consists of installations, videos, photographs, canvases and
performance, with a name inspired by the material transformation of burnt sand into black, as witness at a Haskoy
foundry. Yalter’s work investigates darkness and closure through a lens of art, science and mythology.
March 9, 2018 – April 21, 2018
Galerist, Meşrutiyet Caddesi No. 67/1, Tepebaşı, Beyoğlu

Restless Monuments

This group show comments on the rapid transformation of cities due to the influence of politics. When top-down
decision-making processes exclude collective input and lead to the disappearance of places and objects, people cope
with the sense of loss by creating their own totems and monuments. The work by the seven artists explore different
aspects of this idea, from Guido Casaretto’s replication of part of his grandmother’s old house in Tarlabaşı to Mykola
Ridnyi’s video interview with a disenchanted Ukrainian police officer who left the force to become a stonemason.
Restless Monuments is curated by Bettina Klein and Naz Cuguoğlu.
March 6, 2018 – April 28, 2018
Zilberman Gallery and Project Space, Mısır Apt, İstiklâl Cad 163, Floors 2 & 3, D5 & 10, Galatasaray, Beyoğlu,
34433 İstanbul

 

Leaden Circles Dissolved In The Air

Drawing its title from a Virginia Woolf novel, this exhibition brings together a group of artists united under a mutual
slogan. With works ranging from painting to object-based installations, the pieces on display comment on the current
political and cultural transformations in the world today. The featured artists include Kezban Arca Batıbeki, Tanja
Boukal, Sefa Çakır, Fatma Çakmak, Ahmet Elhan, Seda Oturmak, Chulayarnnon Siriphol, Güneş Terkol and Ezgi
Tok.
March 1, 2018 – April 28, 2018
Elgiz Museum, Beybi Giz Plaza, Maslak 34398, İstanbul

 

Poetry of Stones, ANI: An Architectural Treasure on Cultural Crossroads

The focus of this exhibition is on the splendour of Ani, the ruined city on the Turkish-Armenian border that flourished
in the 11th century. As experts from Turkey and Armenia work together in an ongoing effort to save the architectural
heritage in and around Ani, it’s important to stay focused on the rich intermingling of history present in the site. This
exhibition includes collaboration from Anadolu Kültür, Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF) and Norwegian
Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU). There will be an accompanying panel discussion about Ani on
Wednesday, March 14 at 6:30pm in Cezayir.
March 13, 2018 – April 29, 2018
DEPO, Tütün Deposu, Lüleci Hendek Caddesi No.12, Tophane, Istanbul

Creating the Moon Anew

This exhibition celebrates the work of Abidin Elderoğlu, a mid-century Turkish artist known for his paintings.
Featuring work in oil and charcoal along with sketches for his abstract paintings. The ‘plastic musicality’ the artist was
so fond of in his work can be found through his use of shadow, light, density, and lightness in his pain
January 18, 2018 – April 29, 2018
Tuesday – Saturday 10–19; Sunday 12–19
Dirimart Nişantaşı, Abdi İpekçi Caddesi No. 7/4, Nişantaşı

Birds, Faces And Other Things
Ümit Ünal

A new exhibition curated by Işık Gençoğlu presents three series by the film director, writer and artist Ümit Ünal. Birds
presents images of ‘imaginary birds’ through minimalist watercolour compositions, while his series Faces emulates
Hurufi calligraphy through letter-like shapes and glittery gold leaf on paper. The series Storyboards remarks on
immigration through images of tiny people dwarfed by vast abstract landscapes.
April 5, 2018 – April 30, 2018
Istanbul Concept, Nur-u Ziya Sokak No. 27

Singapore Unseen
Pera Musem

Singapore Unseen exhibition brings together “ordinary” scenes from the daily life in Singapore through unique
viewpoints of photographers living in the country. Curated by photographer Kay Chin TAY, the exhibition is the
outcome of a two-year collaboration by PLATFORM- a photography collective to promote photojournalism and
documentary work in Singapore. This exhibition is an in-depth study into the nation’s rather unknown face solely
visible from a local perspective.
There have been comprehensive photography projects aimed at chronicling certain defining moments in the history of
Singapore, like the published books such as A Salute to Singapore published in 1984 and Singapore: Island, City,
State in 1990. The former offered a more frivolous and outsider view of the lifestyle, whereas the latter presented a
relatively more in-depth study regarding the daily life and the ordinary.
In the course of time, photography in Singapore has demonstrated major progress and most importantly, many local
photographers feel the urge to tackle contemporary concerns and issues. Focusing on their homeland, these
photographers present their own singular angle of their experience. Formed by professional documentary
photographers and photojournalists, the PLATFORM group supports works that offer a distinctive, unique view into
Singapore.
April 5, 2018 – May 20, 2018
Pera Museum Meşrutiyet Caddesi No.65 34430 Tepebaşı – Beyoğlu – İstanbul

Istanbul’s Seaside Leisure
Nostalgia from Sea Baths to Beaches

The First World War played a critical role in shaping the transformation of the Ottoman people’s relationship with the
sea. Swimming in the sea, regarded as a matter of privacy, was considered wrong and even illegal for a long period.
During the second half of the nineteenth century, the inhabitants of a waterside city like Istanbul had to make do with
“sea baths” that were enclosed with wooden panels, despite the effect of Westernization. As secularism was embraced
within the founding of the Republic, individuality would become socially visible and free, leading to a more intimate
relationship with the sea.
The change from sea baths to beaches was nothing less than a revolution. The White Russians escaping the Revolution
in Russia caused numerous transformations in Istanbul, arguably the most important being beach habits that brought
the people to the sea. The inhabitants of the city were quick to get used to beachgoing and the activity created its own
forms of fun, fashion, and culture in time. Once the sea became part of urban life, Istanbul developed a unique sense
of freedom as well. The golden era of beach culture lasted until the 1960s, after which the rapid sociological change in
Istanbul took its toll.
April 5, 2018 – August 26, 2018
Pera Museum Meşrutiyet Caddesi No.65 34430 Tepebaşı – Beyoğlu – İstanbul

 

Empty House
Can Aytekin

This solo show by artist Can Aytekin draws from both his eponymous series Empty House and from works in his
series Temple Paintings, Rock Paintings, Garden Paintings, Everything is in its Proper Place and Inverse. His
composition combine memories from his past with the forms of real-life objects and architectural structures. The show
is composed of works on canvas and paper, prints and three-dimensional structures.
March 16, 2018 – July 15, 2018
ARTER, İstiklâl Caddesi No. 211, Tünel, Beyoğlu

Kütahya
The Sadberk Hanım Museum Kütahya Ceramics Collection

Kütahya is often portrayed as the Iznik’s country cousin. It was never under the thrall of the palace workshops (except
when it was filling in for missing Iznik, which it seems to this day to be able to do quite effortlessly).
But in its own right, as readers of Cornucopia will know (see John Carswell’s Bequest of Gentleman, issue 46), Iznik
can be both exquisite and playful. And what an amazing revelation this jewel-like exhibition is, all crammed into one
room, like a treasure trove of nuggets. John Carswell catalogued the Sadberk Hanım’s nascent collection more than a
decade ago. Now curators Hülya Bilgi and İdil Zambak Vermeersch have updated the cataloguing of a vastly enlarged
collection. A fabulous book comes with the show.
March 6, 2018 – November 25, 2018
Sadberk Hanım Museum, Büyükdere Piyasa Cad 27–29, Büyükdere, Sarıyer, Istanbul

 

OTHER LOCATIONS

Jumping Bed and Female Lovers
Nilbar Güreş

This first solo exhibition at Galerie Tanja Wagner by Nilbar Güreş explores gender, queerness and sexuality and how
those are all subverted. Her work is drawn from the immersive experience of living with her subjects and observing
their lives up close. Working with photography, collage, drawing and video, she creates works that are erotic and
puzzling, and don’t shy away from a multifaceted and contradictory reality.
Nilbar Güreş was born in 1977 in Istanbul and studied at the Department of Fine Arts at the Marmara University in
Istanbul and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. She lives in Vienna and Istanbul.
February 23, 2018 – April 13, 2018
Galerie Tanja Wagner Berlin

 

Sotheby’s: Arts of the Islamic World (Spring 2018)

The Arts of the Islamic World sale comprises varied works of art produced under the aegis of multiple Islamic
Empires spread over three continents over a period of over 1200 years. Sourced from several European private
collections, highlights include beautiful ceramic wares, refined Indian miniature paintings, as well as Arab, Persian
and Turkish manuscripts, including three highly important and early works on optics, astronomy and mathematics,
reflecting the scholarly ‘golden age’ of medieval Arab advancement.
April 25, 2018
10.00 AM BST
Sotheby’s New Bond Street, 34-35 New Bond Street, London W1A 2AA, UK

 

Charmed Lives in Greece
Ghika, Craxton, Leigh Fermor

This exhibition focuses on the friendship of the artists Niko Ghika and John Craxton, and the writer Patrick Leigh
Fermor. Their shared love of Greece was fundamental to their work, as they embraced its sights, sounds, colours and
people. The exhibition brings together their artworks, photographs, letters and personal possessions in the UK for the
first time. Highlights include Ghika’s extraordinary painting Mystras and Craxton’s exuberant Still Life with Three
Sailors. Also featured is Craxton’s original artwork for the book covers of Leigh Fermor’s travel classics A Time of
Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water. Many artworks and objects on display are on loan from the Benaki
Museum, to which Ghika donated his house and works, from the Craxton Estate, and from institutions and private
collections in the UK and Greece.
Together, these places chart the story of this remarkable friendship, and how the people and landscapes of Greece
were a great influence on their enduring works.
March 8, 2018 – July 15, 2018
British Museum, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG