Contemporary madness …

Well, after a deep breath on Monday, it was Tuesday when the madness of the Contemporary week in Istanbul began …

Entrance to Contemporary Istanbul

Opening night of Contemporary Istanbul

Openings, dinners, cocktails and some art in between as well… Yes, that’s what it was like this week.

Mustafa Özbakir, 'Çığliklar ve fısıltılar', 2010

Sabire Susuz, 'Kontemporari Art', 2010

seen at X-ist gallery

seen at X-ist gallery (+ a hidden self-portrait of the blog's author...)

And galleries, obviously, used the opportunity to stage their new shows as well …

Entrance to gallery Rodeo, Lüleci Caddesi No 12, Tophane, Istanbul

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Beate Streuli, 'Marseille 98', 1999, at Yapı Kredi Sanat, Istanbul

Every sponsored art space in town staged an exhibition:

at Yapı Kredi Sanat Past Present Future

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Sylvie Fleury at Contemporary Istanbul, AKBANK (detail)

Sylvie Fleury at Contemporary sponsored by AKBANK

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Tobias Rehberger, 'Minor Problems in a Major City' (detail) at AKBANK SANAT, Istanbul

Tobias Rehberger’s ‘Minor Problems in a Major City’ at AKBANK SANAT

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And after all the huzzle and buzzle of the week, last night I was invited for drinks at a magical place in Beyoğlu. The hosts arranged a private piano recital at their home. The pianist came from Salzburg and it was heaven – Schumann and Liszt. It was pure pleasure for the soul to just sit and listen to the wonderful music being performed. What a beautiful ending to a crazy week!

2 Responses to “Contemporary madness …”
  1. Queen Melania says:

    Marvellous stuff. My colleague Markus’s girlfriend played the cello in a concert at Conway Hall on Sunday. It was Beethoven, written just after he went deaf. By all accounts – and perhaps not surprisingly in the circumstances – it was a very loud piece. Rock on, Ludwig. How musical is the world around us. We’re all off to see Fela at the National soon – Tim organised it. Think of that – us all gyrating to Afro beats. If that’s not a piece of spontaneous choreography worth seeing, I don’t know what is.

    Very cold in London. Very very very hard to get up in the morning. Tube strike today. So walked to work – a major detour was involved because the route to work was a crime scene today and was ribboned off. Goodness gracious. A crime scene! Whatever next. If there’s ever a crime scene in the local cafe before I’ve had my coffee I would protest a lot louder. xxx

    • Istanbulboy says:

      OMG, yes, Ludwig should rock on – because he was a genius!!! But what about those London news? Can’t believe it. We are still enjoying 20 degrees, just had a nice lunch with a friend outside and the Metro is always running … Sounds that London needs a bit more Istanbul than vice versa! Enjoy the Beats, intercultural exchange is important too! Xx

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