July 23, 2015

Remembering Agatha Christie at ‘Black Week Turkey’ Events in Istanbul


One of the world’s oldest luxury hotels, the Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah in Istanbul, will host the “Black Week Turkey” event on Oct. 22-24 in honor of Agatha Christie’s 125th birthday with the attendance of the famous author’s grandson and a number of leading crime fiction authors.

The internationally renowned crime fiction festival this year, for the first time, will be held in the Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah, where the cultural richness of the festival will be augmented by a diverse body of guest speakers, including Christie’s grandson Matthew Prichard, and special events which will be held in Christie’s honor. 

TEB BNP Paribas İstanbul Cup


Taking place until July 26, the TEB BNP Paribas İstanbul Cup is a Women's Tennis Association (WTA) event that has hosted world-renowned tennis players including Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams, Agnieszka Radwanska, and Caroline Wozniacki.

The tournament will be held at the Garanti Koza Arena, which is the largest tennis center and most advanced sports complex in Turkey and Europe.

Since 2005, the competition has allowed elite female players of the world to meet and showcase their sporting skills, while giving exposure to the modern and culturally advanced face of Turkey.

Some of the prestigious names competing this year are Venus Williams, Elina Svitolina, and Jelena Jankovic.

Read More on The Guide Istanbul: TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup



July 17, 2015

AN INSIDERS GUIDE: THINGS TO DO IN ISTANBUL

Luxury Launches and Istanbul’s Grand Tarabya Hotel, of the Leading Hotels of the World portfolio, have specially crafted an itinerary for all our globe trotters this season. Of course, this itinerary covers all aspects of your favourite Turkish destination; think dining, shopping and exploring some of the most well-known secrets of this bustling city. 

But more about the city- with its historical peninsula, numerous scenic and historical beauties, Istanbul is a magnificently unique city that has been capital to many civilizations from past to present and still continues to be home to residents from all over the world. 

Europe and Asia meet in Istanbul, and throughout this vibrant city, you’ll find traditional and religious landmarks happily co-existing with modern restaurants, galleries and nightclubs. 


Must Try Dish: The Meze

The best dish is arguably the Meze – a selection of traditional Middle Eastern and Turkish savoury dips. The mezesare is usually placed at the middle of the table and shared. Toasted bread complements the various dishes. This is aherbivore centric meal.

The meze platter consists of a variety of dips, the recommended ones are:
* Chili Tomato Paste (Ezme)
* Grilled Eggplants with Yogurt (Patlıcan Ezmesi)
* Grilled Eggplant Salad (Patlıcan Salatası)
* Fried Eggplant with Tomato Sauce (Şakşuka)
* Mint Yogurt Dip (Haydari)
* Pinto Beans (Barbunya)
* Artichoke (Zeytinyağlı Enginar)

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July 16, 2015

ARTINTERNATIONAL will take place between 4 and 6 September

ARTINTERNATIONAL, Istanbul's global contemporary and modern art fair, has today announced participating galleries for its third edition. Returning to the Haliç Congress Center, on the banks of Istanbul's Golden Horn, ARTINTERNATIONAL will take place between 4 and 6 September, and feature 88 galleries from 24 countries, with 13 from the fair's host country. 



 PARTICIPATING GALLERIES 

ARTINTERNATIONAL received a record number of applicants this year and the selection was assessed by the fair's Selection Committee consisting of LEILA HELLER GALLERY, New York; GALERIE KRINZINGER, Vienna; PI ARTWORKS, Istanbul & London and RAMPA, Istanbul. Participants come from 24 countries spanning Europe, North America, South America, the Middle East, Central Asia, India and China. Several galleries will be attending for the fair for the first time including VICTORIA MIRO (London), SAKSHI GALLERY (Mumbai), ASPAN GALLERY (Almaty), GARLERIE DU MONDE (Hong Kong) and AICON GALLERY (New York & London). Turkish galleries KUAD, ÖKTEM&AYKUT and THE EMPIRE PROJECT will participate for the first time, joining previous participants: .artSümer, DIRIMART, GALERIST, GALLERY NEV ANKARA, PI ARTWORKS, SANATORIUM, RAMPA, X-IST and GALERI ZILBERMAN. 

Through generous support of the Catalan government, twelve galleries from Art Barcelona (Associació de Galeries) will participate in the fair, including ADN GALERÍA, ÀNGELS BARCELONA, GALERIA JOAN GASPAR, MIGUEL MARCUS GALLERY, N2 GALERÍA, POLIGRAFA OBRA GRÁFICA, GALERIA JOAN PRATS, GALERIA SICART, GALERIA SENDA, GALERIA CARLES TACHÉ PROJECTS, GALERIA TRAMA and VALID FOTO BCN GALLERY. For its third edition, a number of leading galleries will be joining ARTINTERNATIONAL, participating alongside returning exhibitors including PAUL KASMIN GALLERY (New York), PEARL LAM GALLERIES (Hong Kong, Shanghai & Singapore), KUKJE GALLERY/TINA KIM GALLERY (Seoul/New York), GALERIE LELONG (Paris), KALFAYAN GALLERIES (Athens & Thessaloniki), DEWEER GALLERY (Otegum, Belgium), ROBERT MILLER GALLERY (New York) and GALLERI ANDERSSON/SANDSTRÖM (Stockholm & Umeå) 

Fair director Dyala Nusseibeh commented, "ARTINTERNATIONAL, which last year received over 22,000 visitors, is fast establishing a reputation as a fair of discovery. We are pleased to have regional galleries from Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia joining us alongside galleries from further afield in September. Istanbul continues to be a dynamic global hub for art and this is reflected in the diverse, exciting quality of works being presented at the fair. This year's edition coincides with the official opening of the 14th Istanbul Biennial and we look forward to welcoming an audience of collectors, curators, arts professionals and art lovers for what promises to be an enormously vibrant week for art in Istanbul." 

 ARTINTERNATIONAL 2015 GALLERY LIST 

MARTINE ABOUCAYA, Paris / ADN GALERÍA, Barcelona / AICON GALLERY, New York & London / LOUISE ALEXANDER GALLERY, Porto Cervo / SABRINA AMRANI GALLERY, Madrid / GALLERI ANDERSSON/SANDSTRÖM, Stockholm & Umeå / Andipa Gallery, London / ÀNGELS BARCELONA, Barcelona / .artSümer, Istanbul / ASPAN GALLERY, Almaty / ASSAR ART GALLERY, Tehran / PIERO ATCHUGARRY, Tierra Garzón / BERLONI, London / BOCCANERA, Trento / CHARIM GALERIE, Vienna / CIRCLE CULTURE GALLERY, Berlin / DEWEER GALLERY, Otegum, Belgium / DIRIMART, Istanbul / THE EMPIRE PROJECT, Istanbul / EX ELETTROFONICA, Rome / GALLERIA MARIE-LAURE FLEISCH, Rome / GALERIA JOAN GASPAR, Barcelona / GALERIST, Istanbul / GAZELLI ART HOUSE, London & Baku / GIACOMO GUIDI, Rome / LEILA HELLER GALLERY, New York / ERNST HILGER, Vienna / CECILIA HILLSTRÖM GALLERY, Stockholm / TRISTAN HOARE, London / HORRACH MOYA, Palma de Mallorca / HOSFELT GALLERY, San Francisco / KALFAYAN GALLERIES, Athens & Thessaloniki / PAUL KASMIN GALLERY, New York / TINA KIM GALLERY, New York / GALERIE KORNFELD, Berlin / GALERIE KRINZINGER, Vienna / KUAD GALLERY, Istanbul / KUKJE GALLERY, Seoul / PEARL LAM GALLERIES, Hong Kong, Shanghai & Singapore / GALERIE LELONG, Paris / GALERIE LINDNER, Vienna / LISABIRD CONTEMPORARY, Vienna / GALERIA JAVIER LOPEZ & FER FRANCES, Madrid / PATRICIA LOW CONTEMPORARY, Gstaad & St Moritz / ANNA JILL LÜPERTZ GALLERY, Berlin / EDOUARD MALINGUE GALLERY, Hong Kong / MIGUEL MARCOS GALLERY, Barcelona / ROBERT MILLER GALLERY, New York / VICTORIA MIRO, London / MARIO MAURONER CONTEMPORARY ART, Vienna & Salzburg / GALERIE DU MONDE, Hong Kong / N2 GALERÍA, Barcelona / GALERI NEV, Ankara / NITRA GALLERY, Thessaloniki / OFFICINE DELL’IMMAGINE, Milan / ÖKTEM&AYKUT, Istanbul / GALERIE PARIS-BEIJING, Paris, Brussels & Beijing / PI ARTWORKS, Istanbul & London / PILOT, Istanbul / POLIGRAFA OBRA GRÁFICA, Barcelona / ROSENFELD PORCINI, London / PROJECT ARTBEAT, Tbilisi / GALERIE JÉRÔME POGGI, Paris / GALERIA JOAN PRATS, Barcelona / RAMPA, Istanbul / GALERIE RAUM MIT LICHT, Vienna / NOSBAUM REDING, Luxembourg / RUKSHAAN ART, Mumbai / SAKSHI GALLERY, Mumbai / SANATORIUM, Istanbul / SARIEV CONTEMPORARY, Plovdiv / GALERIA SICART, Barcelona / GALERIA SENDA, Barcelona / STUDIO SALES DI NORBERTO RUGGERI, Rome / CATINCA TABACARU GALLERY, New York / GALERIA CARLES TACHÉ PROJECTS, Barcelona / GALERIE SUZANNE TARASIEVE, Paris / TENDERPIXEL, London / GALERIA TRAMA, Barcelona / UNTIL THEN, Paris / UPSTREAM GALLERY, Amsterdam / VALID FOTO BCN GALLERY, Barcelona / waterside contemporary, London / W&K - WIENERROITHER & KOHLBACHER, Vienna / X-IST, Istanbul / ŻAK | BRANICKA, Berlin / GALERI ZILBERMAN, Istanbul / ZORZINI GALLERY, Bucharest

July 15, 2015

Istanbul's Best Museums and Galleries


Istanbul isn't just about historic monuments. The city is fast becoming known for its excellent art scene, with galleries like the impressive Istanbul Modern leading the way in presenting modern and contemporary art to locals and visitors alike, and many smaller galleries following suit. Long-established museums such as the almost overwhelming Istanbul Archaeology Museums still draw the crowds with exquisite objects like the Alexander Sarcophagus, while others offer eye-opening insights into Turkey’s artistic heritage. 

Read more on Lonely Planet: Istanbul's Best Museums and Galleries