Category: Art

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Yeasting the canvas: art exhibition posing the fundamental questions of life

  In his latest exhibition Yeasting the Canvas,  explores the links between the ‘basic’ need and the ’divine’ pursuit, between the ‘fundamental’ and the ‘sophisticated’, leaving the question of ‘which is which’ to his audience. As a conceptual artist, Sümer regularly uses everyday items to challenge established viewpoints. Here, it is food that takes centre […]

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Artists present “secret treasures” in new miniatures exhibition at Yunus Emre Institute London

  A new exhibition titled Illumination of Miniature and Watercolour opened at the Yunus Emre Institute London last week. Works on show are by six graduates from the Marmara University’s Faculty of Fine Arts, who have interpreted traditional Turkish arts and watercolour painting with a modern perspective. A spokesperson for the Institute said, “Traditional arts […]

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Final week for Islamic art exhibition ‘Love for the Prophet’

  If you missed this exhibition last year, when it was on at the South Bank, make sure you visit this time round. The occasion is the Prophet Muhammed’s 1446th birthday, celebrated through the incredible works of prominent Turkish calligraphers past and present. It’s perfect viewing for those interested in calligraphy, Islamic art, design and […]

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Final few days to see ‘Fear and Love’ exhibition ft. Hussein Chalayan

  It’s the last few days to catch the Design Museum’s fascinating ‘Fear and Love – Reactions to a Complex World’ exhibition, which closes this Sunday evening. The exhibition contains eleven installations by some of the most innovative and thought-provoking designers and architects of our time, among them fashion designer Hussein Chalayan, architects OMA and […]

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Who was Mihri Müşfik?
 

  In the patriarchal world of Turks, it’s easy to overlook the many amazing women who have dared to be different, pioneering a new path for others to follow. Mihri Müşfik was one such lady. Of Circassian ancestry and the daughter of a military doctor, she was born in Kadıköy, Istanbul, on 26 February 1886, and […]

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A century on, vision of pioneering Turkish female artist Mihri Müşfik honoured with London exhibition

A new art exhibition opening in London will celebrate the aspirations and influence of the first female Ottoman contemporary artist. A little over a hundred years ago, Mihri Müşfik Hanım, a Turkish aristocrat and artist, had wanted to establish the Istanbul Women Painters Society, but social and political conditions prevented her from doing so. Instead, […]

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‘Reminiscence’: art exhibition about Morocco

A new art exhibition about Morocco opens at the Yunus Emre Institute in London next week. Called Reminiscence, Polish artist Barbara Piekarska Abou-Hilal presents a series of paintings inspired by her love of the country. While living there with her husband, she was taken by its people, traditions and culture, reproduced in these paintings of […]

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First solo exhibition for top fashion photographers Mert Alaş and Marcus Piggott

Since landing their first front cover, for Dazed & Confused in 1997, Mert & Marcus have pushed the boundaries of fashion photography, blurring the lines between artistry and commercial shoots. Their distinctive and powerful photographs of models and celebrities, including Madonna, Kate Moss and Kim Kardashian,  have featured in cult publications such as i-D, Love, and […]

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Ottoman art at Christie’s Islamic Art Week, on till Oct. 25

This week Christie’s  – London’s premier auction house – reminds us of the cascade of beauty which Islam has given to the world. Its series of Islamic-themed sales are from a galaxy of different Muslim civilisations spanning a thousand years. No art-form exists which has not been carried to sublime heights in the service of […]

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Haute couture meets Turkish fine art in 2-day London exhibition

Next week, the Yunus Emre Institute in London will host a unique exhibition showcasing the work of three talented Turkish artists: one fashion designer and two painters. The brainchild of fashion consultant Zeynep Ober, Art Meets Fashion brings together Zeynep Kartal, whose glamorous gowns are favoured by UK celebrities, with the colourful, thought-provoking works of […]