Mosque conversion in Turkey raises alarm

Mosque conversion in Turkey raises alarm

April 18th, 2013 | Museums, Religion, Turkey

Christian art in Byzantine church-turned-museum is at risk after controversial court ruling. “One of the most important monuments of late Byzantium, the 13th-century Church of Hagia Sophia in the Black Sea city of Trabzon, which is now a museum, will be converted into a mosque,… Read More

Turkish painter Burhan Dogancay dead at 83

Turkish painter Burhan Dogancay dead at 83

January 17th, 2013 | Contemporary Art, Graffiti, Murals, News, Turkey

Turkish painter Burhan Dogancay, whose work has been exhibited in some 70 museums worldwide, including New York’s Metropolitan Art Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, has died. He was 83. Bergin Azer, director of the Dogancay Museum, said the artist died Tuesday of an… Read More

App of Istanbul’s Chora Church Relives Byzantine Renaissance

App of Istanbul’s Chora Church Relives Byzantine Renaissance

August 18th, 2012 | Architecture, Islam, Mobile, Turkey

The Chora Church is known today as Kariye Museum, hosting remarkable collection of Byzantine mosaics and frescoes and is the finest remaining example of the Palaeologian Renaissance. This 14th century building, located in Istanbul, is covered with mosaics and frescoes which are surviving examples of… Read More

Turkish Ministry admits grand theft from art museum

Turkish Ministry admits grand theft from art museum

August 11th, 2012 | Art Theft, Museums, Turkey

“Over 200 works of art are presently missing from Ankara’s State Art and Sculpture Museum, according to a report from the Culture and Tourism Ministry, which has pinned the blame for the losses on Turkey’s 1980 coup d’etat,” reports Hürriyet. “A recent report by the… Read More

‘Art War’ – Turkey Battles to Repatriate Antiquities

‘Art War’ – Turkey Battles to Repatriate Antiquities

July 20th, 2012 | Art Theft, News, Turkey

A resurgent Turkey has launched a concerted effort to get cultural artifacts back from museums around the world. Although many museums deny that their objects were illegally obtained, Ankara is playing hardball by threatening to ban loans and revoke excavation permits. Spiegel reports: “If one… Read More

Classic Movies in Ottoman Miniature Style

Classic Movies in Ottoman Miniature Style

July 13th, 2012 | Design, Film, Turkey

The sultan will give you an offer that you can’t refuse. Murat Palta, an artist in Instanbul, made illustrations of famous movies in the classical Ottoman miniature style: “It all started 2 years ago with an experiment to blend traditional ‘oriental’ (Ottoman) motifs and contemporary… Read More

Turkey turns up the heat on foreign museums

Turkey turns up the heat on foreign museums

June 13th, 2012 | Museums, News, Turkey

The list of antiquities demanded gets longer as more exhibitions are hit by the loans boycott. The Art Newspaper reports that “Turkey is set on a collision course with many of the world’s leading museums, by refusing exhibition loans because of antiquities claims. European museums… Read More

Turkey asks U.S. museums for return of antiquities

Turkey asks U.S. museums for return of antiquities

April 2nd, 2012 | Art Theft, Museums, Turkey

The Getty and the New York Met are among the U.S. institutions the Turkish government has contacted over artifacts it believes were smuggled out of the country. Jason Felch reports for the Los Angeles Times: “The government of Turkey is asking American museums to return… Read More

The Istanbul Art-Boom Bubble

The Istanbul Art-Boom Bubble

February 11th, 2012 | Contemporary Art, Turkey

“Earlier this winter, the giant 120-year-old Ottoman bank building in Istanbul reopened as a multimillion-dollar contemporary art space called SALT. This was surprising. Turks were never big on contemporary art, and for years rich people didn’t visit that part of town”, writes Suzy Hansen in… Read More

Coca-Cola’s 125th Anniversary Exhibiotion’s Future Room

Coca-Cola’s 125th Anniversary Exhibiotion’s Future Room

February 8th, 2012 | Commercials, Design, Shows, Turkey, Videos

Istanbul creative agency, Antilop, created this audio-visual and interactive installation for Coca-Cola’s 125th Anniversary Exhibiotion’s Future Room concept for Turkish modern art museum, Santralistanbul. Antilop transformed santralistanbul’s Galeri 1 into an immersive environment by creating 90 square meter of 270-degree projection system. Agency: Boogy Location:… Read More