new exciting acquaintances in istanbul – istanbul modern (2)

colorful-artI promised I would take you back to one of Istanbul’s most interesting places … it’s the museum for modern art. That I truly fell in love with, just everything about the place. Space, the location, the light and the art.A place I really lost myself in.(thanks Jo!)

I’m not at all knowledgeable about modern art artists – I only like modern art because it’s fun, creative and sometimes a bit wired. And it has colours and in all shape and forms. Loads of eye-candy for somebody like me that can’t get enough of colour in my world. building-site

The museum was located at a building site – construction going on all sides of it and didn’t make a lot of noise about itself, but it truly delivered!!!! IM as it calls itself.

In my first post about IM I promised or threaten to come back with more – my favourites … some I was wise enough to take a photo of the presentation card … but some I missed out. Was in my own world at times. bad-close-up

The first artist I wanted to know more about is Olafur Eliasson, Olafur is a Danish-Icelandic artist known for sculptures and large-scale installation art employing elemental materials such as light, water, and air temperature to enhance the viewer’s experience. Born in Copenhagen 1967 and at  the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts,he studied between 1989 and 1995. In 1990, when he was awarded a travel budget by the Royal Danish Academy, Olafur went to New York where he started working as a studio assistant for artist Christian Eckhart in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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In 1995 he established Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin, a laboratory for spatial research. Olafur represented Denmark at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 and later that year installed The Weather Project in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern, London. He was a professor at the Berlin University of the Arts from 2009 to 2014 and is an adjunct professor at the Alle School of Fine Arts and Design in Addis Ababa since 2014.

The first of his pieces I saw was the “Your Solar Nebula” that was displayed just as you enter the museum exhibition hall! Glass balls sitting on the wall .. that gave different colours shade depending on what angle you looked at them at.

His second piece is spectacular and it was down on the ground floor, “Red Emotional Globe”, maybe he had more pieces … but nothing that screamed at me as those two.

Plus Olafur is a very handsome man in my eyes … but married, my luck or his!!!!

Now to a lovely image I met on the photo exhibition, “People Attract People” – I think the the title of the image are “Kids are Kids” or “Playing Kids”! I have called it “Kids are Kids” kids-are-kids

Another single piece of art that hit all my sense is made by Nuri Bilge Ceylan,  a Turkish film director, photographer, screenwriter and actor. He was the winner of the Palme d’Or, the highest prize at the Cannes Film Festival, in 2014 for “Winter Sleep”. This image is from 2004 and named “Trams in Beyoğlu”.nuri-bilge-cylan-trams

My favourite painting I didn’t collect any information about????!!!!!

Then there was the most amazing exhibition about light and colours, “day, light, night” – total eye-candy for me .. it gave a full week’s dose of colour!!!!

Have two more spectacular artists to introduce you to, Pae White from USA and Tomas Saraceno from Argentina. Ladies first!

Pae White (b. 1963) is an American visual artist. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Pae is a multi-media artist who frequently creates large-scale installations in a variety of media, from tapestry to ceramics to tinfoil. Her work is said to “merge art, design, craft, and architecture”.

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Her piece “Northern Smoke” from 2007, am I so in love with.  The tapestry made of wool, cotton and polyester, 89.76 × 287.8 inches/228 × 731 cm. Just a little too big for my living room.

To last … Tomás Saraceno, born in 1973 in Tucuman, Argentina, Saraceno currently lives and works in Berlin. He studied architecture at Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires in Argentina from 1992 to 1999.

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Famous for his floating sculptures and interactive installations propose new, sustainable ways of inhabiting the environment, he has explored the possibility of a future airborne existence as part of his ongoing Air-Port-City/Cloud City project – a utopia of flying metropolises made up of habitable, cell-like platforms that migrate and recombine as freely as clouds themselves.

This piece is from his Air-Port-City series from 2007 and named “80SW/Flying Graden”

His work is presently represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Miami Art Museum, Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean in Luxembourg, Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, among others.

So this is my last report about my art adventure in Istanbul …. the museum with the shiniest floors that I ever seen and this is also my last image of my visit to IM for this time.

Seni tekrar görmek (see you again)!!!!shiny-floors-last-image

“Modern art is what happens when painters
stop looking at girls and persuade themselves
that they have a better idea.”
John Ciardi


The cloud over this post is by the Turkish composer, Muammer Sun, born 1932 in Ankara … Muammer Sun was awarded the title “Devlet Sanatçısı” (literally “State Artist” or “National Artist”) by the Turkish Ministry of Culture in 1998. “Bozkırın Sesi” is it called … I think it means the sound of steps … and it’s a soundtrack. Maybe it’s the name of the movie. I don’t talk Turkish, I trust Google on this one. Anywho it’s a lovely piece of music!


3 thoughts on “new exciting acquaintances in istanbul – istanbul modern (2)

  1. A wonderful post. I like your enthusiasm, and the pieces you are enthusiastic about equally. I enjoyed all,of your choices – enough to make me decide to amble off to modern art in Warsaw sometime soon. I giggled at the Ciardi quote, and at the fact that you were so preoccupied with your favourite you forgot to ask its name.

    • Meg, thanks a million!!!! Yes, you should have a look at the Modern Art in Warsaw, next visit I will take a good look on the inside too. I don’t understand why I didn’t take a photo of the presentation card to my favourite painting. I did on nearly all the others that caught my eye and fancy. Yes, I love that quote – new to me.

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