Our art specialist visits the Istanbul Biennale

ARTWORK from top left to bottom right: Installation by Adrian Villas Rojas, earth pigments on bark by Djambawa Marawili, Mundukul 2015, artwork by Sandu Darie, video installation by Wael Shawky, painting by Wifredo Arcay who also had a fantastic show, an installation by Wael Shawsky in an ancient hammam
ARTWORK from top left to bottom right: Installation by Adrian Villas Rojas, earth pigments on bark by Djambawa Marawili, Mundukul 2015, artwork by Sandu Darie, video installation by Wael Shawky, painting by Wifredo Arcay who also had a fantastic show, an installation by Wael Shawsky in an ancient hammam

ISTANBUL: You don’t need a reason to go to Istanbul, but the Istanbul Biennale is a great excuse to once again visit Europe’s most exciting city. Have drinks at the fabulous new SOHO House, dinner at one of the spectacular rooftop restaurants like 360 Istanbul and Vogue that turn into the best clubs after midnight. And the next morning head to the İstanbul Modern and start enjoying the 14th İSTANBUL BİENALİ.

Our Guest Editor Leonie Moschner, director and senior specialist for contemporary art at Christies auction house in London, is showing us her favorite pieces of art. Works she thinks are absolutely stunning and poetic and which you should keep an eye on.

The Istanbul Biennale is a city-wide exhibition held in a variety of different venues, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts. “Saltwater: a Theory of Thought Forms” is the conceptual framework of this contemporary art show, which is known for its unconventional approach and brings together works by over 50 artists from Turkey and abroad. The concept of salt water is seen as both a dividing and a uniting element for the city of Istanbul.

The Istanbul Biennale will go from September 5th until November 1st, 2015.

More info at 14b.iksv.org

 

Leonie Mir is a Senior Specialist in the Post-War and Contemporary Department at Christie’s in London. After graduating from photography school in Munich, Leonie started her career as a photographer,in Madrid and later in Portugal and New York. She joined Thaddaeus Ropacs gallery in Paris in 1998, then moved on to Phillips de Pury in 2005 and joined Christie’s in 2011. Leonie specialises in contemporary art, with a passion for post-war art, and has worked closely with artists including Jack Pierson, Alex Katz, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. ‘Finding perfect works for clients, helping them to give their collections direction and focus, is what’s best about my job,’ she says.

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