Must-See Art Guide: Istanbul

This week's guide includes Imran Qhreshi, Gülcan Karadağ, and more.

Volkan Aslan. Courtesy of PI Artworks.
Burçak Bingöl, Unforeseen Resistance_Surface. Courtesy of Galeri Zilberman.

Burçak Bingöl, Unforeseen Resistance_Surface. Courtesy of Galeri Zilberman.

Starting in September, all eyes will be on the largest city in Turkey, Istanbul. Located between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea, the city will host ArtInternational Istanbul and Saltwater, the 14th edition of the Istanbul Biennial, featuring over 80 participants from all around the world displaying artworks in venues on the European and Asian sides of the Bosphorus. If you’re in the city to attend one of these major events, make sure to stop by some very exciting art galleries to make the experience complete.

Ending soon, Lebriz.com is presenting paintings by Gülcan Karadağ showcased at Burn-In Gallery in Vienna. Starting a few days before the fairs, Galerist is featuring two shows at two different locations: Following his 2013 retrospective at the Tate Modern, works by Sudanese artist Ibrahim El Salahi are showcased at Studio, and Seza Paker has created an immersive installation through video, sound, and collage at Tepebaşı. To see more contemporary artworks, visit Mixer. Its exhibition, as part of the second anniversary of Exhibist magazine, features a diverse selection of Turkish artists, such as Metin Çelik, Gozde Turkkan, and Gozde Ilkin. In addition, “Minor Heroisms” is focusing on major international artists, including Imran Qureshi and Aisha Khalid, who are presenting miniature compositions, and give their critical expansions of traditional techniques into a contemporary vocabulary at Galeri Zilberman.

Running parallel to the biennial and presented for the first time in Turkey, the exhibition at artSümer focuses on Basim Magdy’s film “The Everyday Ritual of Solitude Hatching Monkeys” and his photographs, bringing new forms of expression through poetically layered images. If your schedule is tight, that’s not a problem since you have until November 15 to see “All That Is Solid” organized by the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art in collaboration with MoMA/MoMA PS1. The second temporary installation of the “YAP Istanbul Modern: Young Architects Program” is offering emerging architects the opportunity to design a temporary installation in Istanbul Modern’s courtyard.

Admiring the beauty of Istanbul and art gems of the city sounds like a very nice way to spend the end of summer!

Installation View. Courtesy of Istanbul Museum of Modern Art.

Installation View. Courtesy of Istanbul Museum of Modern Art.

Exhibition: All That Is Solid

When: June 10–November 15, 2015

Where: Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. Liman İşletmeleri Sahası Antrepo 4, Karaköy, Istanbul, Turkey

Courtesy of MIXER.

Courtesy of MIXER.

Exhibition: Fotograf Kitabi Uzeribe Çalismalar

When: July 24–August 28, 2015

Where: Mixer, Tomtom, Karabaş Cd. No:27, Istanbul, Turkey

 

Gülcan Karadağ, Mystical Dance. Courtesy of Lebriz.com.

Gülcan Karadağ, Mystical Dance. Courtesy of Lebriz.com.

Exhibition: Gülcan Karadağ Paintings

When: August 1–August 31, 2015

Where: Lebriz.com, Eytam Cad. 16/2 Nisantani, Istanbul, Turkey

 

Rae Hicks, Charles Sandford. Courtesy of PI Artworks.

Rae Hicks, Charles Sandford. Courtesy of PI Artworks.

Exhibition: Red Dog, Black Wolf Will You Remember Your Name?

When: August 14–September 5, 2015

Where: PI Artworks, 163/4 Istikal Caddesi, Misir Apartment, Galatasaray–Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey

 

Ibrahim El Sahali. Courtesy of Galerist Studio.

Ibrahim El Sahali. Courtesy of Galerist Studio.

Exhibition: The Arab Spring Notebook

When: September 1–October 3, 2015

Where: Galerist Studio, Müellif Sokak, No:7, Şişhane, Istanbul, Turkey

 

Seza Paker. Courtesy of Galerist Tepebaşı.

Seza Paker. Courtesy of Galerist Tepebaşı.

Exhibition: Seza Paker: Absinthe

When: September 1–October 3, 2015

Where: Galerist Tepebaşı, Meşrutiyet Caddesi No:67, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey

 

Volkan Aslan. Courtesy of PI Artworks.

Volkan Aslan. Courtesy of PI Artworks.

Exhibition: The Perfect Day

When: September 1–October 10, 2015

Where: PI Artworks, 163/4 Istikal Caddesi, Misir Apartment, Galatasaray–Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey

 

Kürşat Bayhan, Watter Bottle (2014). Courtesy of MIXER.

Kürşat Bayhan, Watter Bottle (2014). Courtesy of MIXER.

Exhibition: (re)present exhibist: 2 years

When: September 1– October 11, 2015

Where: Mixer, Tomtom, Karabaş Cd. No:27, Istanbul, Turkey

 

Imran Qhreshi, Love Me, Love Me Not. Courtesy of Galeri Zilberman.

Imran Qhreshi, Love Me, Love Me Not. Courtesy of Galeri Zilberman.

Exhibition: Minor Heroisms

When: September 1–October 24, 2015

Where: Galeri Zilberman, İstiklal Cad. No.163 Mısır Apartmanı Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey

 

Tayfun Erdoğmuş, Natura IV. Courtesy of Galeri’ Nev.

Tayfun Erdoğmuş, Natura IV. Courtesy of Galeri’ Nev.

Exhibition: TAYFUN ERDOĞMUŞ: Natura

When: September 1–October 31, 2015

Where: Galeri’Nev, Istikal Caddesi, Misir Apartment, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey

 

Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin, CAPACITY / CAPACITIES (1998). Courtesy of RAMPA Istanbul.

Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin, CAPACITY / CAPACITIES (1998). Courtesy of RAMPA Istanbul.

Exhibition: Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin: Democratic Luxury

When: September 2–November 14, 2015

Where: Rampa Istanbul, Şair Nedim Caddesi No:21a, Akaretler, Beşiktaş, Istanbul, Turkey

 

Courtesy of Pera Museum.

Courtesy of Pera Museum.

Exhibition: Image of Our Time

When: September 4–November 1, 2015

Where: Pera Museum, Meşrutiyet Caddesi No:65, Tepebaşı–Beyoğlu, İstanbul, Turkey

 

Basim Magdy, The Everyday Ritual Solitude of Hatching Monkeys (2014). Courtesy of .artSümer.

Basim Magdy, The Everyday Ritual Solitude of Hatching Monkeys (2014). Courtesy of .artSümer.

Exhibition: Basim Magdy ‘The ones who refuse to forget

When: September 5–October 17, 2015

Where: .artSümer, Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa, Mumhane Cd. No:67, İstanbul, Turkey

 

 

 


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