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Istanbul Gallery Hopping

Posted: Feb. 4th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Gallery in Istanbul
Susanne Fowler

Most weather conditions around the world during this season are not ideal to be traveling in, but Istanbul has an offer you just might not be able to refuse. If you love art, then you’re already half way there. Gallery hopping is great this time of year as many museums and art spaces have just opened spectacular new exhibitions.

ISTANBUL — Unpredictable weather means winter isn’t the most popular season for visiting Istanbul, but it is a great time for gallery-hopping: Many of the best museums and art spaces in the Beyoglu district have just opened compelling new exhibitions.

At Arter, the curator Emre Baykal has gathered mostly new works by Turkish artists to create the second installment of “Envy, Enmity, Embarrassment.” Here, the artist known as Canan presents the installation, “I beg you please do not speak to me of love,” a room plastered with erotic movie posters from the heyday of the Yesilcam porn industry of the 1970s. In a transparent case in one corner of the room is a seemingly innocent white bathrobe. Embroidered on its back is a suicide note.


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