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İstanbul Bienali’ne ev sahipliği yapan Pera’nın karşı kıyısında, bir zamanlar surlarla çevrili eski İstanbul’da açılan Yeditepe Bienali birkaç gün sonra sona eriyor.

Kısa sürede 28 farklı mekânda açılan sergilerle birinci sürümünü tamamlamak üzere olan Yeditepe Bienali’nin küratörü Serhat Kula’ya göre bienalin ana fikri oldukça basit: “hava güzel, muhit güzel ve biz de buraya birkaç dokunuş yaparak insanları sanatla buluşturmak istedik, aslında bienal bahane.”

Nuruosmaniye Mahzeni, bir yeraltı hazinesi.

Nuruosmaniye Mahzeni, bir yeraltı hazinesi.

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A Response to the Guardian and the Tate: Eurocentrism at its Best

On the 13th of June, a new retrospective of the famous artist Fahrelnissa Zeid unveiled in London’s prestigious Tate Modern. Apparently the exhibition is part of Tate Modern’s director Frances Morris’ ambition to champion “particularly women” artists in the face of an overall neglect towards women and non-European artists (1).

Following the opening, two articles, one by the Guardian (2) another by the Art Newspaper (3), were published. Quite surprisingly, these articles claim that Fahrelnissa Zeid was “practically forgotten,” and that “Tate Modern hopes to lift the pioneering Turkish artist out of obscurity to ensure that she does not become yet another female artist forgotten by history.”

But whose history is it exactly?

Fahrelnissa Zaid's "My Hell" as displayed in Istanbul Modern.

Fahrelnissa Zaid’s “My Hell” as displayed in Istanbul Modern.

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Lucent: Aboriginal and Pacific Works from the Collection

To be glowing with or emitting light is to be lucent. Yet, despite the title of the exhibition, the artworks of Lucent: Aboriginal and Pacific Works from the Collection are not consistently luminous in this literal sense. Although there are aspects of material lustre, this exhibition, which is currently on display at the Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art, instead takes a more symbolic and spiritual approach in conveying the brightness of its artworks.

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Detail of a group of banumbirr (morning star poles)

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10 Best Winter Exhibitions in Paris

Paris is plentiful when it comes to art exhibitions and this winter is no exception. With more than 20 large scale exhibitions on show at the moment, we have selected the best 10 for those who will be spending their Christmas in Paris.

 

1) René Magritte: Treason of Images (until January 23)

Centre Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou

A great retrospective of the famous surrealist painter René Magritte in the spectacular Centre Pompidou.

A great retrospective of the famous surrealist painter René Magritte in the spectacular Centre Pompidou.

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Baudelaire and Aesthetic Curiosities

Musée de la vie romantique (Museum of romantic life) in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, resting the confines of the infamous neighborhood of Pigalle, exhibits artists of the 19th century artistic movement of romanticism. Besides its exhibitions, it has a pretty garden, hidden away from the commotion of the restless capital. And most important of all, it is hosting an exhibition on Baudelaire and the art of his time.

Paintings by Edouard Manet in the background. On the left, Spanish knights and in the middle, Angelina.

Paintings by Edouard Manet in the background. On the left, Spanish knights and in the middle, Angelina.

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Kadırga’da Bir Müze: İstanbul Fotoğraf Müzesi

İş için gittiğim Fatih Tapu Müdürlüğü binası içerisinde İstanbul Fotoğraf Müzesi’ni bulmayı beklemiyordum doğrusu. Hazır kalkıp Kadırga’ya kadar gelmişken bu modern ve bir o kadar da ferah müzeyi gezmeden olmazdı. İşimi bitirir bitirmez hemen tapu müdürlüğünün bir kat aşağısında bulunan müzeye adımımı attım.

"Çocuklar boks salonunda başka bir turnuva olduğu için geçici bir süre güreş salonunda çalıştılar." -Abdurrahman Antakyalı

Abdurrahman Antakyalı: “Çocuklar boks salonunda başka bir turnuva olduğu için geçici bir süre güreş salonunda çalıştılar.”

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