Tips From The Artists...
With all the exhibitions opening nowadays, Istanbul is becoming a veritable ‘art city’. Catching all of them is out of the question. If you’d like to be guided by tips from the artist as you tour the major ones, just keep on reading!
“I CHOSE ART”
When asked what means one can use for political action, German artist Joseph Beuys replied, “I chose art.” Now, an exhibition, ‘Joseph Beuys and His Students’, at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM) explains a lot. You have to take time to read all the panels if you want to understand... Accompanying Beuys in the exhibition, which brings together close to 350 drawings, photographs and prints, are his students, Peter Angermann, Lothar Baumgarten, Walter Dahn, Felix Droese, Imi Giese, Imi Knoebel, Katharina Sieverding and Norbert Tadeusz. Through 1 November.
“THIS IS NOT A RETROSPECTIVE!”
‘Site’ is not a retrospective even though it covers Sarkis’s 50-year career as an artist. The artist is royally annoyed if anybody says this. Hallmark of the exhibition, curated by Levent Çalıkoğlu, Chief Curator of Istanbul Modern, are materials that are open-ended, multi-layered and stubbornly unfinished... as well as Sarkis’s constantly re-created installations, works he has saved up and breathed life into over the years, the costumes, the sculptures, the stained glass and the neons... Head for Istanbul Modern to see this exhibition, which the artist is continuously renewing. Through 10 October.