• 16th Istanbul Biennial

    14 September - 10 November 2019

    16th Istanbul Biennial, curated by the eminent art historian and curator, Nicolas Bourriaud. Istanbul Biennial is organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored by Koç Holding.


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    Why Should I Hesitate: by William Kentridge – Cape Town

    The largest ever exhibition by internationally acclaimed artist William Kentridge opens in Cape Town on 24th August. This major exhibition is hosted simultaneously in two parts by the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), which will host his multi-media works; and at Norval Foundation, which will present his sculptural works.


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    Venice Biennale 2019

    11 May-24 November 2019

    It’s Venice Biennale time again. The 58th edition of Venice Biennial, which has been organizing since 1895, will take place between 11 May-24 November 2019. This year the biennial is expected to bring more than half a million people to Venice. Once again, it will turn Venice into an art city, feature most important names of the artworld, shine its young rising stars and bring 90 countries to Venice. With its main exhibition entitled “May You Live in Interesting Times”, country pavilions, collateral events and art presentations, the 58th Venice Biennial will offer the artlovers a 6-month period filled with history, art, colors and energy. Let’s look at the 58th Venice Biennial’s venues, events and must-haves together. (Cover Photo: artnews.com)


  • yaz sergileri

    Art Exhibitions of 2019 Summer

    In hot summer days, many museums and art institutions offer a rich program of art exhibitions which reflect the endless energy of the summer. From the most important names of Turkish art to international artists, from group exhibitions to retrospectives, 2019’s summer exhibitions are number one address for those aiming to protect from the summer sun and experience an art escape in the city.


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    Cape Town Art Week and Cape Town Art Fair 2019

    Investec Cape Town Art Fair (ICTAF), February 15-17

    ART WEEK CAPE TOWN needs no introduction to local denizens of the art world. Now in its seventh year, it is aimed at strengthening and increasing access to Cape Town city’s contemporary art sector.


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    Sneak Peek Into The Armory Week 2018

    Armory Week 2018

    Every year the Armory Week brings the latest developments in modern and contemporary art to New York City. The art week which takes its name from the Armory Show is ready to return with its 2018 edition. Lasting not one but for two weeks this year, the Armory Week is made of multiple New York events and fairs which come one after another. Let’s have a look at the 2018 Armory Week, and explore what-where-and-whens of the best New York fairs and shows together.


    ADAA Art Show
    February 27–March 4

    Fotoğraf: Timothy Lee Photography, 2014

    Photo: Timothy Lee Photography, 2014

    The ADAA Art Show gives direction to American Contemporary Art every year. Now in its 30th year, the show will take place in the Park Avenue Armory in New York. Featuring 72 dealers, the ADAA Art Show will present and showcase the best examples of modern and contemporary art from America and beyond. This year, many of the 72 exhibitors at the fair gave over their booths to presentations of single artists, among them are Peter Saul at Michael Werner, Harmony Hammond at Alexanger Grey and Thomas Chimes at the Lock Gallery.


    The Armory Show
    March 8–11

    Jennifer Calais, Kaynak: thearmoryshow.com

    Jennifer Calais, Source: thearmoryshow.com

    In its 24th year, the Armory Show not only gives its name to the Armory Week but also presents the best artworks of the 20th and 21th century. This year the fair will feature presentations from 200 international galleries on Piers 92 and 94 and will include a “Focus” section. Under the direction of Minneapolis Institute of Art curator Gabriel Ritter, the Focus section will explore technology and its relationship to arts.


    March 8-11

    This year, NADA has moved its location south, to the ground floor of Skylight Clarkson Square in West SoHo. Featuring 100 exhibitors from 17 countries in its new 60.000 sq metres venue, NADA will host new galleries from Milan, New York and Michigan. In 2018, it also offers a fund for Bronx Museum of the Arts curators to acquire a work from the fair for the institution’s permanent collection.


    Volta NY
    March 8-11

    Meryl McMaster, Kaynak: ny.voltashow.com

    Meryl McMaster, Source: ny.voltashow.com

    Right at the next door to the Armory Show, in Pier 90, Volta NY will host 85 international contemporary galleries from all around the world. Artist Mickalene Thomas and collector and consultant Racquel Chevremont are co-organizing the fair’s “Curated” section this year. Titled “The Aesthetics of Matter,” this section features a project of eight artists relying on collaged material in their work.


    Independent New York
    March 9-11

    Fotoğraf: Dan Finsel, Kaynak: Nytimes.com

    Photo: Dan Finsel, Source: Nytimes.com

    Organized in two major cities, Brussels and New York, Independent Art Fair’s 2018 New York edition will host many important solo and site-specific projects. Now on its ninth edition in the Spring Studios in Tribeca, it will feature 50 exhibitors, 19 of whom are showing there for the first time.


    March 9-11

    Scope 2018 returns to the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea between 9-11 March. In its 18th iteration, Scope will host 60 exhibitors which aim to bring to light the latest trends in contemporary art. One of the most important elements of the fair is its VIP Programming, which offers a rich program of events, screening and talks.


    Art on Paper
    March 8-11

    Kaynak: thepaperfair.com

    Source: thepaperfair.com

    Held at Pier 36, the Art On Paper focuses on works done on paper. This year it features 85 exhibitors, all of whom will show latest trends in modern and contemporary art and will present artists who create marvels with the medium of paper.


    Clio Art Fair
    March 8-11

    Known as ‘’An Anti-fair of Indenpendent Artists’’ the Clio Art Fair provides an alternative fair experience that goes beyond booth and gallery representation. Aiming at supporting and showcasing independent artists, it will be held at the 35th Street, and as usual, it is free to the public.

    Simge Erdoğan

  • Everard Read Blessing Ngobeni Uninvited Guest , 2016, Mixed Media on Canvas 163 x 356 cm

    African Art is under one ROOF: INVESTEC Cape Town Art Fair 2018

    16-18th February 2018, Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)


    Positioned as the most prestigious and leading art fair in Africa, Investec Cape Town Art Fair will take place between the 16-18th of February 2018 in the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). The fair will feature very important names from all over the World and from Africa and its diaspora, as well as young artists and newly emerging galleries. It will not only bring the best examples of African Contemporary Art to the World scene but also will turn this vibrant and dynamic city into a cultural hub.

    Lhola Amira, Narrative LAGOM-Breaking Bread with The Self-Righteous II, 2017. Fotoğraf: Rag Baryta

    Lhola Amira, Narrative LAGOM-Breaking Bread with The Self-Righteous II, 2017. Photo: Rag Baryta

    Since its first edition six years ago, Investec Cape Town Art Fair has become one of the most important fairs which introduced South African art and artists and its diaspora to the world, and encouraged an artistic and cultural dialogue. Every year it forms an economic platform both in the city and beyond, which plays a key role in the growth of the South African art market through increased purchases and participation. It continues to develop knowledge and expertise in art industry. According to the fair director Laura Vincenti, ‘’the fair provides a platform to showcase works by both established and emerging Pan-African and diasporic artists and exposing these artists to new local and international audiences and collectors, to further a sustainable market for the arts on the continent.”

    Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, Feeling of Abandonment, 2017 - October Gallery, London

    Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, Feeling of Abandonment, 2017 – October Gallery, London

    Cape Town, with its geography and cultural diversity, is a special city for collectors, art lovers and professionals. Thanks to the rich fair program made of panels and talks, special exhibits and installations and video screenings after fair hours, the fair will make Cape Town an artistic habitat during 24 hours a day.

    What do we see in the 2018 edition? Sponsored by Investec, this year fair features approximately 85 galleries and 75 artists from all over the World. Galleries from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Italy and UK will showcase a rich collection of visual arts such as traditional arts, paintings, drawings and sculpture. In the MAIN SECTION, we see a total of 37 leading international galleries including October Gallery London, Worldart Cape Town, ArtCO GALLERY and Art FIRST. TOMORROWS/TODAY features new emerging gallery and artists, who are considered as today’s young and dynamic actors that will be tomorrow’s important leading names. Curated by Tumelo Mosaka, this section features a total of 10 galleries.

    Keyezua FORTIA, MOVART

    Keyezua FORTIA, MOVART

    When we look at new sections and additions to the fair, firstly we see SOLO. In its first iteration, the section is curated by Nontobeko Ntombla and is dedicated to women artists. Galleries and works on display in SOLO will offer different perspectives towards socio-political issues faced by women, while also highlighting their contribution to the art world.

    Another new and important part of the fair is the AFTER HOURS HUB. As part of the project, a special film screening program entitled ‘Harboured’ will take place. The best examples of video art will meet with the public in three spaces located in Cape Town’s art and culture centre, Silo region. Curated by Brent Meistre, this program will screen video art by important artists after fair hours. The screenings will last throughout the entire evening, until 11 pm, and will make art accessible to the public for 24 hours.

    WHATIFTHEWORLD Buhlebezwe Siwani - Qunusa Buhle! 1-3 (Triptych)

    Buhlebezwe Siwani, Qunusa Buhle! 1-3, WHATIFTHEWORLD


    When we look at the commissioned works, we see three important artists, Lungiswa Gqunta, Turiya Magadlela and Sethembile Msezane. These artists were commissioned to create installations that represent women’s domestic life. Made of objects found in domestic spaces, these installations which will feature in the UNFRAMED section will comment on the roles of women, and hence present a different fair experience which goes beyond traditional booth exhibits.

    Click for the Cape Town Top 10

    Simge Erdoğan

  • Turkey’s New Emerging Artists Exhibition BASE Istanbul

    BASE Istanbul, 21-24 December 2017 - Galata Greek Primary School

    Works of Turkey’s emerging artists will be showcased for the first time in the BASE exhibition to be held in Istanbul at Galata Greek Primary School. BASE will also host panel discussions and dialogue sessions featuring the important figures of the art world. With 116 works of 108 artists from 31 universities in 20 cities and 75 speakers to give speeches in 32 panel discussion, 4-full days full of art!

    Turkey’s new generation artists graduating this year will meet with art-lovers at BASE exhibition that will be held at Galata Greek Primary School on December 21-24 upon completion of selections by an international jury of 23 jurors. Co-sponsored by HP, Intel, Kale Seramik and TEB Private Banking, BASE is the first collective platform for newly graduates of Fine Arts Faculties in Turkey.

    New artists from 51 universities applied to BASE with 1000 works in print, glassworks, installation, photography, visual communication design, graphic design, scuplture, painting, ceramic works, Turkish handicrafts and video categories and the distinguished jurors selected 116 works of 108 artists from 31 universities Turkey-wide to be showcased at BASE.

    Can Özal

    Can Özal – BASE İstanbul

    BASE brings together works of newly graduated emerging artists that are selected by internationally recognized names with diversified experience and distinguished voice in the art world. BASE aims to support the emerging artists in their transition to proffesional world, with the mission to help young artist be spotted by galleries, collectors, art-lovers and innovative industries. BASE is curated by the curator, art critic, academician Derya Yücel. All participating artists from Istanbul and outside the city with the support of Pegasus Airlines will have the opportunity to display their works and meet with prominent figures of the art world, and collectors and art-lovers will have the opprtunity to discover these young artists, communicating and buying their works without any intermediaries.

    Rabia Ayaz

    Rabia Ayaz – BASE İstanbul


    Panel discussion and dialogue sessions with 75 speakers

    During the exhibition visitors and artists whose works will be displayed will be able to participate in ‘BASE Talks’’ panel discussion and dialogue sessions where the speakers will share their knowledge and experiences in the art world. Here are the speakers of the 4-day program: Adnan Yerebakan, Agah Uğur, Ahmet Doğu İpek, Ahmet Elhan, Ahu Antmen, Alev Ebuzziya Siesbye, Ali Güreli, Ali Kazma, Ali Kerem Bilge, Alper Turan,Arda Yalkın, Aslı Öymen, Aslı Sümer, Ayça Telgeren, Azade Köker, Banu Çarmıklı, Banu Taşkın, Beyza Boynudelik, Burçak Bingöl, CANAN, Candaş Şişman, Cem Akar, Cem Sağbil,Coşar Kulaksız, Çağrı Saray, Çelenk Bafra, Deniz Artun, Derya Bigalı, Derya Yücel, Devabil Kara, Ebru Yetişkin, Erdal İnci, Elvan Ekren, Emin Çapa, Emin Hitay, Erim Bayrı, Esra Yıldız, Evren Erol, Gamze Büyükkuşoğlu, Gökşen Buğra, Gönül Nuhoğlu, Gülsün Karamustafa, Hale Tenger, Hamit Hamutçu, Hande Şekerciler, Haro Cümbüşyan, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Hüma Kabakçı, İdil Deniz Türkmen, İnci Furni, İpek Duben, Karoly Aliotti, Kemal Özen, Kerem Ozan Bayraktar, Marcus Graf, Mehmet Ali Bakanay,Mehmet Güleryüz, Mehmet Kahraman, Melih Görgün, Merve Akar, Merve Çağlar, Metehan Özcan, Mine Kaplangı, Moiz Zilberman, Murat Germen, Murat Morova, Mustafa Taviloğlu, Mümtaz Sağlam, Nancy Atakan, Naz Cuğuloğlu, Nevzat Sayın, Nihal Kafalı, Nur Koçak,Orhan Cem Çetin, Oya Delahaye, Pemra Ataç Açıktan, Refik Anadol, Saruhan Doğan, Selin Söl, Selim Ünlüsoy, Selman Bilal, Sera Sade, Serhat Cacekli, Seval Yavuz Seyhan Musaoğlu, Taner Ceylan, Tomur Atagök, Tony Ventura, Volkan Kızıltunç, Yasemin Bay, Yunus Emre Erdoğan, Yusuf Sevinçli and Zuhal Baysar. You can follow the program at base.ist.

    Sarp Sözdinler

    Sarp Sözdinler – BASE İstanbul


    Selection of submitted works is made by an international jury

    23 jurors of national and global prominence selected the works to be displayed at BASE. Aaron Cezar, founder of Delfina Foundation, Agah Uğur, Borusan CEO and collector, Ahu Antmen, art writer, critic and academician, collector Aslı Bilge, collector & art critic Banu Çarmıklı, Istanbul Modern Exhibitions and Programs Director Çelenk Bafra, The Armory Show Director Deborah Harris, Galerist executive director Doris Benhalegua, artist Ergin İnan, Chairman of TÜSİAD Board and collector Erol Bilecik, artist Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, photograph artist Murat Germen, painet Neş’e Erdok, Peter Drake the dean of New York Academy of Art, Galerie Voss director Rudiger Voss, Selin Söl founder of Daire Sanat, graphic designer /art director Stephan Bundi, Spot Projects founder/collectioner Tansa Mermerci Ekşioğlu, Yeşim Turanlı founder of Piartworks, graphic designer Yeşim Demir and sculptor Ziyatin Nuriev.

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    15th Istanbul Biennial: 7 Works Not Be Missed

    15th Istanbul Biennial Top 7

    All the works at the 15th Istanbul Biennial are worth being seen; but some are definitely not to be missed. Here is our selection of the seven works from the biennial that are a must-see.


    Candeğer Furtun, İstanbul Modern

    The master’s installation Untitled (1994-96) consists of nine pairs of a man’s legs and a hand. The work isolating these limbs from their functions and from the whole body they are part of, is reminiscent of areas dominated by male energy and masculine rituals.

    Candeğer Furtun, İsimsiz.

    Candeğer Furtun, İsimsiz / iksvphoto.com


    Latifa Echakhch, İstanbul Modern

    The Moroccan artist’s site-specific fresco, Crowd Fade (2017), refers to the dissappointment social uprisings produce when they remain fruitless. The viewer is invited to walk through a narrow corridor between two walls facing each other and two lines of debris that fell off these walls.

    Latifa Echakhch, Silinen Kalabalık.

    Latifa Echakhch, Silinen Kalabalık / iksvphoto.com


    Volkan Aslan, İstanbul Modern

    With his three-channel video installation Home Sweet Home (2017), Volkan Aslan questions the boundaries between the sedentary and the nomadic, the indoor and the outdoor, the safe and the unsafe situations, pointing out to the fragility of the current state of each and every one of us.


    Leander Schönweger, Galata Greek Primary School

    The young artist’s work Our Family Lost (2017) consists of a labyrinth composed of rooms that become smaller as the viewer proceeds. This dreamlike installation making the viewer lose his or her sense of direction also refers to concepts like alienation and the disintegration of social solidarity.

    Leander Schönweger, Ailemiz Kaybetti/Kayboldu.

    Leander Schönweger, Ailemiz Kaybetti/Kayboldu / iksvphoto.com


    Erkan Özgen, Galata Greek Primary School

    In the video Wonderland (2016) by the artist born in Mardin and based in Diyarbakır, a hearing and talking-impaired boy named Muhammed tries to tell, through signs and gestures, the story of his trauma within the context of the migration wave taking over the entire Middle East.

    Erkan Özgen, Harikalar Diyarı.

    Erkan Özgen, Harikalar Diyarı / iksvphoto.com


    Mark Dion, Galata Greek Primary School

    The artist interested in ecosystems and taxonomies creates two cabins of curiosity, İstanbul’s Persistent Weeds (2017) and The Resilient Marine Life of stanbul (2017). The first illustrates the plant species that managed to survive in spite of Istanbul’s intense wave of urbanization, while the second features the sea creatures that still inhabit the Bosphorus.

    Mark Dion, İstanbul’un İnatçı Otları.

    Mark Dion, İstanbul’un İnatçı Otları / iksvphoto.com


    Tsang Kin-Wah, Pera Museum

    The Fourth Seal – HE is to No Purpose and HE Wants to Die for the Second Time (2010) from the Hong Kong-based artist’s Seven Seals series is a multi-channel video installation of continuously looping words. The artist opening the gates into an existential questioning on the end of the world, is heavily inspired by religious and philosophical literature.

    Tsang Kin-Wah

    Tsang Kin-Wah, The Fourth Seal – HE is to No Purpose and HE Wants to Die for the Second Time / tsangkinwah.com


    Click for the 15th Istanbul Biennial conceptual framework.

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    Welcoming Autumn with Frieze London

    October 5-7 2017, Regent’s Park

    As every year, a very rich schedule of events is waiting for the art enthusiasts who will be in London during Frieze week. Especially in the last five years, Frieze London has been considered one of the most important international contemporary art fairs.  In the Galleries section featuring the some of the world’s leading galleries, highlights include Marianne Boesky, Tanya Bonakdar, Chantal Crousel, Massimo de Carlo, Eigen + Art, Gagosian, Hauser & Wirth, Lisson, Nordenhake, Pace, Esther Schipper, White Cube and David Zwirner.

    Spencer Finch, Nordenhake.

    Spencer Finch, Nordenhake.


    The fair’s non-profit section Frieze Projects, on the other hand, stands out with the medicinal plant exhibition outside the fair and the empathy-based interactive performance by the South African artist Donna Kukama; the Antarctica project where the artist duo Lucy + Jorge Orta explore alternative models of community building and Georgina Starr’s performance Androgynous Egg, taking place in a sculptural environment.

    Lucy ve Jorge Orta, Antarctica. Fotograf sanatcilarin web sayfasindan alinmistir.

    Lucy ve Jorge Orta, Antarctica.


    Georgina Starr. Fotoğraf: Justin Westover, Cargocollective.

    Georgina Starr. Photo: Justin Westover, Cargocollective.


    The Focus section hosts several young and exciting galleries, including Arcadia Missa from London, Emmanuel Layr from Vienna and Night Gallery from Los Angeles, one of the former participants of Artinternational Istanbul.

    Hannah Black, Arcadia Missa. Kaynak-Frieze.com

    Hannah Black, Arcadia Missa. Source: Frieze.com


    Lili Reynaud-Dewar. Emmanuel Layr. kaynak-frieze.com

    Lili Reynaud-Dewar. Emmanuel Layr. Source: Frieze.com


    Derek Boshier, Night Gallery. Kaynak-frieze.com

    Derek Boshier, Night Gallery. Source: Frieze.com


    In this year’s edition that gives particular importance to the subject of Feminism, one of the most highly anticipated sections is the special projects exhibition Sexwork, curated by Alison Gingeras and featuring participating galleries such as Air de Paris, Salon 94 and Regen Projects.

    Birgit Jürgenssen, Galerie Hupert Winter. Kaynak: Frieze.com

    Birgit Jürgenssen, Galerie Hupert Winter. Source: Frieze.com


    You may visit Frieze Masters for works dating back to a period ranging from the Ancient Era to the late 20th century. The event features more than 130 galleries and its Collections section curated by Sir Norman Rosenthal is particularly worthy of seeing with the various authentic art forms it brings into attention.

    For those who enjoy art outdoors and in nature, Frieze Sculpture is an ideal option. Urs Fischer, KAWS, Michael Craig-Martin and Ugo Rondinone are only some of the 25 artists whose works will be on view in this section.

    KAWS, FINAL DAYS (2013), Galerie Perrotin

    KAWS, FINAL DAYS (2013), Galerie Perrotin- Photo: Stephen White


    Throughout the week of Frieze, London is home to a variety of other must-see art events as well.

    Among these, the fifth edition of the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair taking place in October 5-8 at the Somerset House is definitely not to be missed. The fair’s FORUM section themed The Conversationists brings into discussion the role of educational programs in building sustainable economies of information.

    The Special Projects, on the other hand, stands out with the highly anticipated film program History is Not Mine, organized by the Capetown and Johannesburg-based Goodman Gallery. The films will be on view from October 6 to 8, every day from noon to 1 pm.

    Mohau Modisakeng, WHATIFTHEWORLD Gallery.

    Mohau Modisakeng, Passage, WHATIFTHEWORLD Gallery.


    Another must-see exhibition was inaugurated on September 21 at The Barbican Center; Jean-Michel Basquiat: Boom for Real brings together more than a hundred of the artist’s works from museums and collections worldwide.

    Susan Hiller, Channels, 2013. Kaynak-Sothebys.com

    Susan Hiller, Channels, 2013. Kaynak: Sothebys.com


    Another exciting event will start on October 5: the group exhibition Everything at Once, organized by Lisson Gallery and Vinyl Factory at 180 The Strand, comes with an extraordinary artist list featuring names like Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor, Marina Abramoviç, Cory Arcangel, Dan Graham, Susan Hiller  and Tatsuo Miyajima.

    Katharina Grosse, South London Gallery.

    Katharina Grosse, South London Gallery.


    South London Gallery presents This Drove my Mother up the Wall, an exhibition by Katharina Grosee featuring site-specific wall paintings. For photography enthusiasts, Whitechapel Gallery is a compulsory stop. Thomas Ruff: Photographs 1979 – 2017 is an outstanding retrospective of Ruff’s four decades of artistic practice.

    Thomas Ruff-Substrat31III, Whitechapel Gallery.

    Thomas Ruff-Substrat31III, Whitechapel Gallery.


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