Category: Art

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Mihri Müşfik
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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Self-portrait of Mihri Müşfik
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 […]

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The art of Sultan Abdülaziz
 

Well-known for his love and patronage of the arts, particularly music, calligraphy and poetry, Sultan Abdülaziz (1830-1876) was less known for his own drawings and paintings. This London exhibition is a rare opportunity to see the Sultan’s artistry, from sketches through to paintings. While the subjects he depicts reflect the world around him, they also […]

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Art exhibition: Love for the Prophet

Catch it while you can! A new Islamic art exhibition opens on the South Bank for just five days next week. Celebrating the Prophet Muhammed’s 1445th birthday, the public can see Love for the Prophet at the Oxo Tower from Wednesday to Sunday. The exhibition is based on the work of Turkish calligraphic genius Hafız […]