2011 Istanbul's Cultural Report-2
Exhibitions, Concerts, Festivals and Awards
Even though the consumers of culture have not been expanded and the young cultural actors are not very satisfied, this year, art in Istanbul is rising in numbers. New cultural institutions are opened with promising programmes, globally popular groups and bands are coming to perform in Istanbul and culture is started to believed as a tool for creative economies.
The Van earthquake, which was a very destructive one that killed 604 and injured are 4,152. The uninhabitable homes left as much as 8,321 households with an average household population of around 7.6 homeless in the province; this could mean that at least around 60,000 people were left homeless. As the industrial and transactional density is settled in Istanbul, most of the companies are called to help on twitter and the public was missioning as commissar to see if they help as they promise. Almost all of the twitter celebrities used their accounts in order to collect more donation for earthquake victims. Music was a reason to get together and sing for Van. Rock, Pop, Folk concerts took place with a great attendance thanks to the organizations working for free.
Emperors in Istanbul: From the Hitittes to the Ottomans, 10th May-1st August
İstanbul Archeology Museum- An all times favorite museum of Istanbul in the historic peninsula, Archeology Museum is renovated to be more an inviting, welcoming and entertaining museum. Works of art representing empires, from the Hittites to the Ottomans, that ruled over Anatolia and neighboring lands are displayed at Assos Hall of the Museum. Gigantic marble statues, coins, manuscripts, seals and many other unparalleled works of art selected from various museums in Turkey exhibit the grandeur of consecutive empires allowing us to pursue this cultural accumulation.
3 exclusive exhibition projects by Sabanci Museum, November 5th 2010 to March 13th 2011
Held within the framework of Istanbul 2010 - European Capital of Culture, the exhibition brought together examples of the written word on a variety of objects (ceramics, wood, metalwork, textiles, etc.) with their counterparts on parchment and paper. The exhibition aimed to show how the art of the book - in calligraphy, illumination and illustration - evolved over time in the Islamic world.
Across - The Cyclades and Western Anatolia During the 3rd Millennium BC, May 24th– August 28th
Composed of artifacts from various Turkish museums as well as the National Archaeological Museum of Athens and the N. P. Goulandris Foundation Museum of Cycladic Art, the exhibition examined the relations between Anatolia, where the first steps towards civilization took place, and the nearby Cyclades Islands in the Aegean that gave rise to reciprocal influence that created two cultures which while similar in many respects, nonetheless maintained distinctive regional characteristics. This was the first exhibition realized with the cooperation of both bodies.
For the Last and First Time 17 September - 31 December 2011
Sophie Calle, the renowned French artist named by Newsweek as one of today’s ten most important contemporary artists has focused her lens in this instance on Turkey, on a group selected from the millions of inhabitants of Istanbul. In this exhibition, the artist examined from her unique perspective both the last “visions” of people who are visually handicapped and the “inhabitants of Istanbul who have never seen the sea”, a topic that has attracted the interest of many in the worlds of academia and art.
IKSV, Festival Guru
IKSV, İstanbul Culture and Arts Foundation realized 18th Istanbul Jazz Festival with 40 concerts, which hosted more than 300 artists. Filmekimi, Autumn Film Week, another event series by IKSV was first favorite of students and the ones interested in independent movies. For 8 days, 40 films were seen by 47.000 spectators.
---- Once Upon a Time in Anatolia by Cannes awarded director Nuri Bilge Ceylan was nominated for Oscar as “The best foreign movie”.
---- President Gül granted the 2011 Presidential Culture and Arts Grand Award to Prof. Dr. Semavi Eyice in Art History; to Sezai Karakoç in Literature; to Doğan Hızlan in Criticism (fort he first time an award for criticism) and to Hasan Çelebi in Traditional Arts.
To be continued...
Aga Khan Treasures by AKTC