The sec­ond week in Septem­ber is quite abun­dant in art events, with the Is­tan­bul Bi­en­nial and the Con­tem­po­rary Is­tan­bul In­ter­na­tional Art Fair co­in­cid­ing this year. Be­sides, many art in­sti­tu­tions and gal­leries around the city are host­ing prom­i­nent ex­hibiti

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Culture & Arts -

SET to run un­til Sun­day, the 12th Con­tem­po­rary Is­tan­bul In­ter­na­tional Art Fair, which co­in­cides with the open­ing of the 15th Is­tan­bul Bi­en­nial, or­ga­nized by the Is­tan­bul Foun­da­tion for Cul­ture and Arts, and whose cu­ra­tors are Elm­green & Dragset this week, is ac­com­pa­nied by events at prom­i­nent art in­sti­tu­tions such as Sakıp Sa­bancı Mu­seum, Is­tan­bul Modern, Pera Mu­seum, Boru­san, El­giz Mu­seum, Ak­bank Art and Arter this week.

This week’s events are or­ga­nized to po­si­tion Is­tan­bul as a global cul­ture and art cen­ter -- big steps taken to at­tract the in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion that Turkey’s con­tem­po­rary mar­ket de­serves, while also mak­ing Is­tan­bul a cen­ter of at­trac­tion.

Sakıp Sa­bancı Mu­seum (SSM) hosts Chi­nese artist Ai Wei­wei’s large house ex­hi­bi­tion that is on dis­play in­side and out­side the mu­seum, which is lo­cated in Emir­gan, cen­trally lo­cated on the Bosporus. Turned into a mu­seum by the Sa­bancı fam­ily in 1998, the mu­seum is in the her­itage of Sa­bancı Univer­sity. The Sakıp Sa­bancı Mu­seum hosts the first ex­hi­bi­tion by Ai Wei­wei in Turkey with the sup­port of Ak­bank. The lat­est works by the artist along with a large col­lec­tion of his pre­vi­ous works are pre­sented in the ex­hi­bi­tion, which runs un­til Jan. 28, 2018. The ex­hi­bi­tion, which fo­cuses on the Wei­wei’s porce­lain works, nar­rates both the artist’s life story and his ap­proach to the hand­craft tra­di­tion and art his­tory.

The Arter Gallery is cur­rently host­ing Turk­ish artist CANAN’s works that con­sists of new pro­duc­tions pro­duced since the end of the 1990s. Arter, an ini­tia­tive by the Ve­hbi Koç Foun­da­tion (VKF), opened in 2010 to present a sub­struc­ture to pro­duce and present con­tem­po­rary art. CANAN’s ex­hi­bi­tion, “Be­hind Mount Qaf,” is on dis­play un­til Dec. 24.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, which spreads across all the floors at Arter, presents an ex­ten­sive per­spec­tive on the artist’s prac­tice and was cu­rated by Na­zlı Gür­lek. “Be­hind Mount Qaf ” presents new and old works by the artist.

Boru­san Con­tem­po­rary hosts the solo ex­hi­bi­tion of Amer­i­can artist, cu­ra­tor, writer and ed­u­ca­tor Diana Thater, a prom­i­nent fig­ure in film, video and mon­tage since the be­gin­nings of the 1990s. Boru­san Con­tem­po­rary will present var­i­ous works from its own col­lec­tion from Sept. 16 un­til Feb.18, 2018 in the of­fice areas of the Haunted House.

The El­giz Mu­seum hosts a tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tion that in­cludes con­tem­po­rary art works by prom­i­nent lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional art- ists and works from the El­giz col­lec­tion that haven’t been pre­vi­ously pre­sented. The 9th ter­race ex­hi­bi­tion con­tin­ues un­til Oc­to­ber. El­giz Mu­seum was es­tab­lished by Sevda-Can El­giz in 2001 as the first con­tem­po­rary art mu­seum in Turkey.

Is­tan­bul Modern will be one of the main cen­ters of the 15th Is­tan­bul Bienal. IS­TAN­BUL Modern is also host­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion “Artists in Their Time.” Is­tan­bul Modern, the first mu­seum to have modern, con­tem­po­rary art ex­hi­bi­tions in Turkey, was es­tab­lished in an area of 8,000 m2 in the To­phane dis­trict, near the Bosporus in 2004.

The Pera Mu­seum hosts the 15th Is­tan­bul Bi­en­nial Sept.16 to Nov. 12 in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Is­tan­bul Cul­ture Art Foun­da­tion (IKSV). Artists on dis­play at the Pera Mu­seum, one of the main ex­hi­bi­tion cen­ters of the 15th Is­tan­bul Bi­en­nial, are Njideka Akun­y­ili Crosby, Ale­jan­dro Al­manza Pereda, Burçak Bingöl, Monica Bon­vicini, Louise Bour­geois, Ber­linde De Bruy­ckere, Va­jiko Chachkhi­ani, Gözde İlkin, Lil­iana Maresca, Lee Miller, Aude Pariset, Sim Chi Yin, Dayanita Singh, Ta­tiana Trouv&ea­cute;, Tsang Kin-Wah, An­dra Ur­suta and Fred Wil­son.

Ak­bank Art host the “Black Noise” ex­hi­bi­tion, which was cu­rated by Ek­mel Er­tan and Işıl Önol, in honor of its 24th an­niver­sary. It was es­tab­lished by Ak­bank in 1993 to sup­port con­tem­po­rary art in Turkey.


The 15th Is­tan­bul Bienal, which will be held in the six neigh­bor­ing venues by the cu­ra­tors Elm­green & Dragset start­ing Sept. 16, can be vis­ited for free till Nov.12. The works, which open the con­cepts of house and neigh­bor­hood to the dis­cus­sion, of 56 artists from 32 coun­tries will be in the bienal this year. Here are the ex­hi­bi­tion sites: Galata Pri­vate Rum Pri­mary School, Is­tan­bul Modern, ARK cul­ture in Ci­hangir, Pera Mu­seum, Küçük Mustafa Paşa Ha­mam and Yoğun­luk Stu­dio in As­malımescit.

The artists in the bi­en­nial are open­ing dis­cus­sions about house, neigh­bor­hood, be­long­ing and mu­tual life from var­i­ous per­spec­tives. Some works nar­rate how sit­u­a­tions and con­di­tions in do­mes­tic life change and how our neigh­bor­hoods trans­form, while the oth­ers han­dle how we over­come geopo­lit­i­cal prob­lems on a mi­cro scale. The bi­en­nial cre­ates areas where past and fu­ture, blues and anger and wishes and dreams blend by tak­ing form via the an­a­lyt­i­cal and in­di­vid­ual ex­pres­sions of the artists.

Con­tem­po­rary Is­tan­bul, which will run un­til Sun­day, is vis­ited by thou­sands from all age cat­e­gories.

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