More than just a Biennial

Istanbul’s art scene heats up this September. But this year it’s not just 11th International Istanbul Biennial that’s putting the city on the cultural map. To begin with Sarkis’ exhibition entitled ‘Site’ which opens at the Istanbul Modern on 10 September until 10 January features examples from every stage of his 50 years as an artist.

Another noteworthy exhibition is the retrospective of Yüksel Arslan, one of the most exceptional artists of  the 20th century at Santralistanbul from 13 September until 21 March. Curated by Levent Yılmaz, the exhibition includes more than 500 paintings, accompanying texts and photographs gathered from various collections in Turkey and from around the world.

Gallery Nev will begin to host Hale Tenger, renowned for her political and psychological references, on 8 September. The artist places her viewers in between two worlds with her exhibition titled ‘Strange Fruit’.

Artist Ghada Amer will be in Dirimart till 25 October with her personal exhibition, titled ‘Failing Shahrazad.’ Amer using the technique of sewing on canvas is also known as the first Arabic artist who opens a personal exhibition in the Tel Aviv Modern Art Museum. 

Galerist will take the exhibitions of its featured artists -including Leyla Gediz, Yeşim Akdeniz Graf, Haluk Akakçe, Michael Graig Martin and Güçlü Öztekin- to art lovers around the city using a veriety of locations as well as its main gallery this September.

Inspired by her life and feelings, ‘Parçalı Bulutlu’ is the first personal exhibition of Gül Ilgaz, which will be on view at Milli Reasurans Art Gallery from 8 September until 3 October.