“Hot Spot Istanbul”: Turkish art in Zurich – picture feast



Modern and contemporary works from Istanbul are exhibited in Zurich as Turkish art continues its high visibility in Europe.

“Hot Spot Istanbul”, taking place from 6 June to 23 September 2013 at the Museum Haus Konstructiv in Zurich, is the first comprehensive exhibition of Turkish abstract, concrete and conceptual art in Switzerland. This is the second European outing for Turkish art in 2013, as Istanbul art gains international attention.

Installation view, Ekrem Yalcinda's paintings. Image courtesy Haus Konstructiv.

Installation view, Ekrem Yalcinda’s paintings. Image courtesy Haus Konstructiv.

Turkish artists have been gaining visibility in Europe, not only with the Swiss “Hot Spot Istanbul” exhibition, but with MAK Vienna‘s “Signs Taken in Wonder” and with a protest at the 2013 vernissage of the Venice Biennale. Artist Ali Kazma and Curator Emre Baykal from the Turkish Pavilion, along with SALT Curator Duygu Demir, Istanbul Biennial Curator Fulya Erdemci and Witte de With Director Defne Ayas showed solidarity for the Gezi Park protests through their Biennale action, according to Hyperallergic.

Ekrem Yalcindag, 'Impressions from the Streets', 2010, oil on canvas, 200 x 200 cm. Image courtesy Haus Konstructiv.

Ekrem Yalcindag, ‘Impressions from the Streets’, 2010, oil on canvas, 200 x 200 cm. Image courtesy Haus Konstructiv.

Haus Konstructiv continues the trend for spotlighting Turkish art with “Hot Spot Istanbul, the “first comprehensive exhibition of Turkish abstract, concrete, conceptual and contemporary art in Switzerland,” according to the Museum’s press release. The exhibition includes more than eighty works by 21 artists, beginning with Turkish abstract painting from the late forties to today’s contemporary art.

Ebru Uygun, Untitled, 2010, Mixed media on canvas, 200 x 200 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Dirimart, Istanbul.

Ebru Uygun, ‘Untitled’, 2010, mixed media on canvas, 200 x 200 cm.
Image courtesy the artist and Dirimart, Istanbul.

Ahmet Oektem,  'Government Decrees', 1994, mixed media, dimensions variable. Image courtesy likeyou.com.

Ahmet Oektem, ‘Government Decrees’, 1994, mixed media, dimensions variable. Image courtesy likeyou.com.

Fahrelnissa Zeid, 'Abstract, London', 1947, Oil on canvas, 77 × 101 cm, Papko / Öner Kocabeyoglu Collection. Image courtesy Haus Konstructiv.

Fahrelnissa Zeid, ‘Abstract, London’, 1947, oil on canvas, 77 × 101 cm. Papko / Öner Kocabeyoglu Collection. Image courtesy Haus Konstructiv.

“Hot Spot Istanbul” is curated by Dorothea Strauss, the director of Haus Konstructiv. The focus of the exhibition is how the 1940s era Turkish abstract concrete painters deeply impacted young Turkish artists both at home and abroad during the following decades.

Ekrem Yalcindag Untitled 2006. Image courtesy likeyou.com.

Ekrem Yalcindag ‘Untitled’, 2006. Image courtesy likeyou.com.

Installation view of paintings by Ebru Uygun. Image courtesy Haus Konstructiv.

Installation view of paintings by Ebru Uygun. Image courtesy Haus Konstructiv.

“Hot Spot Istanbul” includes the work of the following Turkish artists.

Four historically significant artists, pioneers of post-1945 Turkish art

Installation view of artworks by Arslan Sukan. Image courtesy Haus Konstructiv.

Installation view of artworks by Arslan Sukan. Image courtesy Haus Konstructiv.

Abstract, concrete and contemporary artists

Hot Spot Istanbul, ground floor installation view. Image courtesy Haus Konstructiv.

“Hot Spot Istanbul”, ground floor installation view. Image courtesy Haus Konstructiv.

Conceptual artists

Renée Levi, 'Bulevistan',  2013, Acrylic on cotton, 460 x 1150 cm. Image courtesy Haus Konstructiv.

Renée Levi, ‘Bulevistan’, 2013, acrylic on cotton, 460 x 1150 cm. Image courtesy Haus Konstructiv.

Susan Kendzulak

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