Istanbul Next Wave

Simultaneity - Parallels - Opposites
Modern contemporary art from Istanbul

Part of celebrations to mark 20 years of twin-town relations between Berlin and Istanbul
A project organised by the city of Istanbul and the Academy of Arts in partnership with Kulturprojekte Berlin

12.11.2009 - 17.01.2010, Martin-Gropius-Bau
Istanbul Modern Berlin
Works from 1928 to 2008 from the collection of Istanbul Modern

12.11.2009 - 03.01.2010, Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz
Under my feet I want the world, not heaven
Seventeen female artists from Istanbul

12.11.2009 - 17.01.2010, Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg
Six positions in critical art from Istanbul 

Curators’ team: Çetin Güzelhan (head), together with Beral Madra (Under my feet I want the world, not heaven), Levent Çalוkoğlu (Istanbul Modern Berlin), Johannes Odenthal (Six positions in critical art from Istanbul)

In a series of exhibitions entitled "Istanbul Next Wave. Simultaneity - Parallels - Opposites" Berlin's Academy of Arts presents contemporary art from Istanbul. This joint project organised by the city of Istanbul and the Academy of Arts is dedicated to the Istanbul art scene, currently one of the most innovative in the world, and is composed of three exhibitions mounted in the Martin-Gropius-Bau and on the Academy's Hanseatenweg and Pariser Platz premises. Encompassing over 250 works by 88 artists, the exhibitions present the development of Istanbul as a centre of modern art and focus on a current art scene that includes media works and installations. "Istanbul Next Wave" is not only the culmination of a programme of events held in Berlin to mark the 20th anniversary of the twinning of the two cities; it also ushers in the programme with which Istanbul, in cooperation with Kültür A.Ş., will be presenting itself as European Capital of Culture in 2010.

The exhibition in the Martin-Gropius-Bau is composed almost entirely of works from the Istanbul Modern Museum and traces the evolution of contemporary Turkish art from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. The display at Pariser Platz takes as its theme the crucial role of women artists in the development of Istanbul art. Common to all 17 artists, whose work covers three decades and generations, are their political engagement and the urge to provoke. The exhibition in the Academy's building in Hanseatenweg focuses on six Turkish artists who have taken up critical positions, especially with respect to social and political power structures and violence.

Concerts, conferences and tours will be organised to coincide with the exhibitions. A comprehensive catalogue is also being published by Steidl Verlag.

Akademie der Künste
Pariser Platz 4, 10117 Berlin-Mitte, Phone 0049 (0)30 200 57-1000
Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin-Tiergarten, Phone 0049 (0)30 200 57-2000
Tue - Sun 11am – 8 pm, admission: Euro 6, concessions Euro 4
Admission free every 1st Sunday of the month and for under 18's

Niederkirchnerstraße 7 | Ecke Stresemannstr. 110, 10963 Berlin, Phone 0049 (0)30 254 86-0
Wed - Mon 10 am – 8 pm, admission: Euro 6, concessions Euro 4
Admission free for under 16's

Bedri Baykam (*1957)
Dünya İçin Coca-Cola / Coca-Cola für die Welt, 2008
© Bedri Baykam
Semiha Berksoy (1910–2004)
"Zümrüdüanka" Otoportre / “Phönix” Selbstporträt, 1997
Courtesy Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı Foundation Collection
Irfan Önürmen (*1958)
New Baghdad Museum, 2007
Courtesy of the Artist and PI-Art Gallery
Bedri Baykam (*1957)
Bir Haremim Olsun İsterdim / I Wish I Had a Harem, 1987
Courtesy Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı Foundation Collection