Sunday, October 11, 2015

The Istanbul Biennal is On

I just returned from ten days in Istanbul, which is, as ever, an unbelievably beguiling, dynamo of a city.  One of the most interesting things I did was visit several venues of the 14th Istanbul Biennal, entitled Salt Water: A Theory of Thought and Forms.  This Biennal is quite different than others, there are exhibitions in 30 very different spaces and places on the European and the Asian side. Running through November 1, this is a series of opportunities to engage with contemporary Turkish artists that is so worth the time.  The Istanbul Modern is (sort of) ground zero, but there are also significant exhibitions in places like the lovely Pera Museum and group exhibitions in Arter, the Italian High School and the Galata Greek Primary School. Google the Biennal and see what is on and where...  The curator of this biennal is Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev.

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