• Art in the World: Fairs, Festivals, Biennials

    2015 is rich in art events all over the world. Here is a list of fairs, festivals and biennials taking place until the end of the year, by art50.net

    Olafur Eliasson-Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

    Olafur Eliasson, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, FIAC Paris.

    • 56th Venice Biennial, 09.05-22.11.2015
    • Contour – 6th Biennial of Moving Image, Mechelen, 29.08-08.11.2015
    • 13th Lyon Biennial, 10.09.2015-03.01.2016
    • Expo Chicago, 17-20.09.2015
    • Fotofestival Mannheim, 18.09.-15.11.2015
    • Vienna Contemporary, 24-27.09.2015
    • ARTBO – Feria Internacional de Arte de Bogotá, 01-04.10.2015
    • Texas Contemporary, Houston, 01-14.10.2015
    • Fine Art Asia, Hong Kong, 04-07.10.2015
    • KIAF, Seoul, 07-11.10.2015
    • Frieze, London, 14-17.10.2015
    • Art International Zurich, 16-18.10.2015
    • X Edition Florence Biennial, 17-25.10.2015
    • SHOW OFF Paris, 19-25.2015
    • Slick Paris, 21-24.10-2015
    • Affordable Art Fair, London, 22-25.10.2015
    • FIAC, Paris, 22-25.10.2015
    • Art Toronto, 23-26.10.2015
    • Artissima, Turin, 06-08.11.2015
    • Paris Photo, 12-15.11.2015
    • Shanghai Art Fair, 12-15.11.2015
    • Abu Dhabi Art, 18-21.11.2015
    • PULSE Miami Beach, 01-05-12.2015
    • SCOPE Miami, 01-06.12.2015
    • Art Basel Miami Beach, 03-06.12.2015




  • Impressions from the 14th Istanbul Biennial, Vol. 1: İstanbul Modern, Galata Greek School, DEPO

    İpek Yeğinsü

    Impressions from the 14th Istanbul Biennial, Vol. 1: İstanbul Modern, Galata Greek School, DEPO

    The Istanbul Biennial exhibition at Istanbul Modern begins with the “Canal” Project and illustrates the origins of the biennial’s conceptual framework; here it is possible to encounter works by artists including Tacita Dean and Song-Ming Ang as well as documents from various scientific studies. In the corridor leading to the main gallery area, Prophets by Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens lies like a monument, composed of graphic-sculpture works made of simple, every day materials and representing economic data. Then Pillars, Marwan Rechmaoui’s sculpture series appear before our eyes, dramatically revealing the atmosphere of rapid urbanization and destruction in the Middle East. On the other hand, Georgia Sagri’s powerful work My First Science Fiction Book, Religion questions the Notion of religious beliefs through a 3D video performance in which individuals from different religious backgrounds pray together.


    Georgia Sagri (left). Michelangelo Pistoletto (right). Istanbul Modern. Photo: İ. Yeğinsü

    The Venus of the Rags (1967), one of the most impressive works in the main gallery area belongs to Michelangelo Pistoletto, one of the leading figures of Arte Povera. The curator often tackles the issues of ’68 student movements and, as part of an artistic movement aiming at combining the dynamism of everyday life with high art, this work has a similar reference. Another great artwork is a multi-channel video installation by the Australian artist Vernon Ah Kee titled Tall Man, narrating interracial tensions and the resulting Palm Island riots. The room containing the Yirrkala drawings made of natural pigments on barks, again from Australia, is one of the biennial’s must-see areas. It is also gratifying to discover that the curator’s selection includes some of the most important names from Turkish art history such as Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu and Fahrelnisa Zeid.


    Andrew Yang, Galata Greek School. Photo: İ. Yeğinsü

    The works in the Galata Greek School focus on timelessness, labor and the cultural memory of this region, thus turning into an archaeological site. The Salt Traders by Anna Boghiguian questions the present through the remains of a lost ship that reemerges in the future. While Neochronophobiq, Emre Hüner’s installation composed of sculpture and multi-channel video presents a poetic narrative about our fear of time, The Flesh Is Yours, The Bones Are Ours by Michael Rakowitz extraordinarily elaborates on the themes of crafts, memory and cultural heritage. Andrew Yang’s IO-OX: A Dialogue concerning Two World Systems invading the school’s attic is perhaps the most interesting work at this venue; the artist identifies a connection between the mythology of the Bosphorus and astronomy, inviting the viewer to produce sounds that will propagate in space, into infinity.


    Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, The Vault Karaköy. Photo: inenart.eu

    DEPO is yet another biennial stop to be seen. The Silence of Ani by Francis Alÿs, one of the leading names in contemporary art history, takes the viewer to a journey into the remains of the city of Ani situated near the Armenian border, blowing new life into the once illustrous city with his call. On the other hand, at the lower floor of Vault Karaköy the House hotel a very interesting surprise is awaiting the biennial visitors. Once you enter a gloomy room and press a red button, the show suddenly begins: the Sad Waltz and the Dancer Who Couldn’t Dance, the robotic installation by Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller fills us with a deep nostalgia for a nameless past.

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    Click for the biennial’s conceptual framework

  • Ai Weiwei Retrospective at the Royal Academy of Arts

    In September 2015, Ai Weiwei is at the Royal Academy of Arts with his provocative and curious new works.


    He Xie, 2011

    Ai Weiwei is certainly one of the globally recognized and sensational artists. Artnews indicates him as one of the top 5 people in its Top 100 list of Art’s Most Influential Individuals. As Barnaby Martin in his recent book titled “Hanging Man: the Arrest of Ai Weiwei” describes, the artist was arrested at the Beijing Airport in 2011 and was released only after 81 days. Weiwei who again reacts with art to the injustices he goes through, deserves attention with his works that criticize the absence of freedom of thought in China, in addition to other works with his unique and authentic artistic language.

    This is Weiwei’s first institutional retrospective in the UK after he acquired fame with the sunflowers he exhibited at Tate Modern. The exhibition curated in collaboration with the artist himself features some of his most important works ranging from gigantic installations realized in 1993 to marble objects he created departing from his own experiences and where he focuses on issues such as creative freedom, human rights and censorship. The event can be visited until December 13 at the Royal Academy of Arts.


    Straight, 2008-2012 (left). S.A.C.R.E.D., 2012 (right).

  • Mehmet Ali Bakanay’s Artinternational 2015 Top 5 for art50.net

    Mehmetali BakanayLegal Consultant, collector and Artinternational Istanbul Consulting Committee member Mehmet Ali Bakanay’s Top 5 selection:

    • Nilbar Güreş, ”Küçük Gri Alan / Small Grey Area” 
    • Nevin Aladağ, ” Top View”
    • Volkan Aslan, “Interior, Night, Bedroom : We hadn’t seen the sun for a long time.”
    • Haegue Yang, “Double Struggle Kicks – Trustworthy #229″
    • Semiha Berksoy, “Self-Portrait”
  • Stanislava Johnson-Chyzhykov’s Artinternational 2015 Top 5 for art50.net

    seçki5Artsy.net Specialist and Sales Consultant Stanislava Johnson-Chyzhykov’s Top 5 selection:

    • Chantal Joffe, “Megan”
    • Volkan Aslan, “The Day”
    • Karl Karner, “Helius”
    • Loris Cecchini, “Blind Facades (projects for installation—Berlin)”
    • Burçak Bingöl, “Self Conscious”
  • Karoly Aliotti’s Artinternational 2015 Top 5 for art50.net

    KarolyArt consultant Karoly Aliotti’s Top 5 selection:

    • Grayson Perry, “Map of Days Etching”
    • Laurent Grasso, “Stairways to the Past”
    • Horasan, “Sleep of the Darkness”
    • Nil Yalter, “Hommage a Marquis de Sade”
    • Ola Kolehmainen, “Miniature”
  • Aylin Seçkin’s Artinternational 2015 Top 5 for art50.net

    seckinProfessor of Economics and an expert in art economy, Aylin Seçkin’s top 5 selection:

    • Anila Quayyum Agha, “Untitled”
    • Ansen, “Hang them all”
    • Vasconcelos, “El Churro”
    • Taner Ceylan, “Satyr 2”
    • Mohammad-Hossein Emad, “Ingurgitation from the Balance series”
  • Marcus Graf’s Artinternational 2015 Top 5 for art50.net

    MGCurator and art writer, Asst. Prof. Marcus Graf’s top 5 selection:

    • Burçak Bingöl “The Fall I, II”
    • Micheal Aerts “Every Idea”
    • Pravdoliub Ivanov “Trouble is Always Double”
    • Rada Boukova “The Eternal Return”
    • Patricia Piccinini “Boot Flower”
  • İpek Yeğinsü’s Artinternational 2015 Top 5 for art50.net

    ipek-portreArtist, writer and curator, İpek Yeğinsü’s top 5 selection:

    • Ahmad Morshedloo, “Resonance of Silence”
    • Recycle Group, “Selfie”
    • Grayson Perry, “A Map of Days”
    • Azade Köker, “Mardin”
    • Robert Montgomery, “All Palaces”
  • The events you should not miss in Istanbul

    31 August - 5 September '15

    Istanbul enters the colourful month of September with a heavy agenda of artistic events. Galleries, art spaces and initiatives, going with the flows of Istanbul Biennial and Artinternational, are ready to host art lovers with important events. Art50.net made a selection among hundreds of events especially for this week (August 31 – September 5)

    Read Art50.net’s suggestions before you do a weekly plan.

    • Artinternational
    • The 14th Istanbul Biennial
    • “Louise Bourgeois: Larger Than Life”, September 1-November 8, Akbank Sanat, Beyoğlu:

      Akbank Sanat | Louise Bourgeois: Larger Than Life

      Known as the “Spider Woman”, Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) is one of the leading female artists of the 20th century with a prominent place in contemporary art history. Curated by Hasan Bülent Kahraman the exhibition features fifty four works by the artist. As a strong influence on the art scene of her lifetime, the selection  is based on her artistic persona, her attitude towards the concept of memory and her approach to gender.

    • “Zero: Countdown to the Future”, September 2-January 10, Sakıp Sabancı Museum, Emirgan:

      Sakıp Sabancı Museum | Zero. Countdown to the Future

      The event organized by S.Ü. Sakıp Sabancı Museum and Akbank Sanat is very ambitious. The exhibition introducing the ZERO art movement, one of the leading artistic networks of the 20th century to the Istanbul audience brings together works by the movement’s leading figures and their inspiring predecessors under the curatorship of Mattijs Visser, the Founding Director of ZERO foundation. The exhibition’s layout is shaped around the movement’s main themes such as “Time”, Space”, “Structure”, “Light”, “Fire”, “Color”, “Shadow” and “Vibration”, accompanied by various side events including symposia, conferences and film screenings.

    • Server Demirtaş, ”Machines from Bygone Times”, September 3-October 17, Bozlu Art Project, Teşvikiye: Widely recognized with his video art in 2000s, Demirtaş is better known with his kinetic sculpture since 2010. Under the curatorship of Özlem İnay Erten, the exhibition features Demirtaş’s latest kinetic sculpture pieces. Providing an ironic approach to human body and behavior through the use of machine aesthetics and questioning the art-technology relationship, the artist assembles his works by bringing together parts including bicycle brakes and car wipers.

      Server Demirtas

      Bozlu Art Project | Machines From Bygone Times

    • “Images of Our Time: Works from the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo”, September 4 – November 1 andBring Your Own Beamer”, September 4, 7-11 pm, Pera Museum, Tepebaşı:
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      Pera Museum | Images of Our Time: Works from the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo

      Pera Museum welcomes the new season with an extraordinary exhibition of works by the bachelor and graduate students and alumni of the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo. The exhibition offering a glimpse into the Bosnian –Herzegovinian contemporary art as well as of the young population’s attitude towards their country’s history and social issues is curated by Prof. Aida Abadzic Hodzic from Sarajevo University Department of Philosopy. On the other hand, the museum’s film department presents a different platform of visibility for emerging artists. As a one-night screening of works by young video artists under the curatorship of Maybe Art Projects, “Bring Your Own Beamer” was first organized last year and it will bring together works by artists including Lara Kamhi, Berkay Tuncay and Zafer Akşit in the pleasant atmosphere of PeraCafe.

    • Filippo Riniolo, “Invisible Hand”, September 4-9, maumau, Beyoğlu:

      maumau | Invisible Hand

      The exhibition organized by maumau, an initiative providing Turkish and international artists and authors with temporary studio space, features works by the young artist Riniolo realized with the historic “egg tempera” technique and loyal to Byzantine iconography. Departing from a quote by the famous Italian critique Pier Paolo Pasolini, Riniolo underlines the deidentificating power of religion and capitalism, tracing the concept of the “invisible hand” dominating the society.

    • “Imagination and Orchestration”, September 5-20, Bauart Gallery, Galata: Were you aware that there are various artist residency programmes in Istanbul, especially organized by the consulates and cultural centers of foreign countries? The exhibition titled “Imagination and Orhcestration is designed as a side event of the 14th Istanbul Biennial and introduces the structure of the residency programs for foreign artists as well as the works created by the resident artists. Participating artists: Marianna Christofides (Cologne), Angela Fensch (Berlin), Matthias Grotevent (Düsseldorf), Nicole Hoesli (Zurich), Franziska Klotz & Michael Wutz (Berlin), Julia Lazarus (Berlin), G.R.A.M. (Vienna).


      Bauart Galeri | Imagination and Orchestration

    • “What Lies Beneath” and “Desire”, September 5-February 21, Borusan Contemporary, Baltalimanı:

      Borusan Contemporary | Desire

      Perili Köşk hosts two interesting exhibitions. Curated by the prominent new media art specialist Christiane Paul, “What Lies Beneath” features installations by Krzysztof Wodiczko, Michal Rovner and Zimoun reflecting the atmosphere of insecurity and estrangement in today’s world. On the other hand, “Desire” curated by Necmi Sönmez will offer a new interpretation to the works in the Borusan collection by artists such as Rick Silva, Lale Delibaş, Martin Walde and Ola Kolehmainen through literary works including poetry and anecdotes.

    • “Tarlabaşı Contemporary”, September 5-13, Pasaj Tarlabaşı:
      Tarlabasi contemporary

      Pasaj | Tarlabaşı Contemporary

      The exhibition is organized with the support of the Swedish Institute and features the documentation of the work by the artistic duo Local A. (Jenny Berntsson & Felice Hapetzeder), realized in collaboration with the Tarlabaşı Community Center. Via results from various workshops and meetings with the local children and residents it aims at offering a new approach to Tarlabaşı’s sociocultural texture composed of a diverse range of immigrants. The organizer, the independent artistic initiative PASAJist stands out with the emphasis it places on collective works and interactive projects.

    * Images are taken from the  official websites and social media announcements of the institutions and events involved.

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