October 02, 2011

Istanbul's New Museum: Borusan Contemporary

Istanbul has a vibrant modern art scene that includes trendy new galleries, the Contemporary Istanbul art fair, several cutting-edge art book publishers, a modern art museum and its own biennial, which opened Sept. 16 and is as ambitious as it gets, especially in a country that many deem nationalistic in its modern art preferences. Using Cuban artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres's life and work as a starting point, and calling itself "Untitled," after the way G-T named his pieces, the biennial presents an international perspective on the questions contemporary Turkish artists seem to be asking themselves about identity, violence, media and war.

The latest feather in the city's contemporary art cap is a new museum, The Borusan Contemporary, which opened the same day as the biennial. Located in a 100-year-old mansion on the Bosporus in the shadow of a dramatically lit suspension bridge linking Europe and Asia, the Borusan also places Turkish art in an international context, looking beyond Turkey for inspiration.

Read more on Huffington Post: Istanbul's New Museum: Borusan Contemporary


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