Arter welcomes summer with two new shows



Arter, a leading art center in Istanbul’s Dolapdere district, is presenting two major art exhibitions this summer to delight art lovers and contemporary art fans.

One of them is a joint exhibition entitled “Precaution”, presenting 13 works by 11 artists from the Arter collection.

Bringing together the works of Hamra Abbas, Halil Altındere, Rogelio López Cuenca, Burak Delier, Lamia Joreige, Ali Kazma, Alicja Kwade, Serkan Özkaya, Walid Raad, Canan Tolon and Nasan Tur, the exhibition explores the processes of preparation and negotiation that the public rarely has witnesses; power dynamics shaped by cultural, ideological, hierarchical and economic contexts; as well as the weaknesses, sensitivities and weaknesses specific to the field of art.

Organized by Emre Baykal, the exhibition focuses on the practices of producing, preserving and exhibiting art through the works selected from the Arter collection.

“All of the works in the exhibition belong to the Arter collection,” Baykal said at a recent press conference.

“To be presented at a time when the pace of daily life, our social relationships, our ways of working and the distances between us and the world have changed, our range of motion has been limited and even our physical appearance has been masked”, “Precaution ‘takes its name from the work of Canan Tolon,” he added.

[HH] Füsun Onur’s new art installation

The second exhibition at Arter presents an art installation entitled “Opus II – Fantasia” by Füsun Onur, one of the pioneers of contemporary art in Turkey.

“Opus II – Fantasia” carries references to music, as is the case in several of his works.

In the installation, she uses four ordinary objects as medium and elements of music, interpreting space and time through rhythm and variations. Shapes and patterns, which emerge from rhythmic appearances and encounters between white knitting needles, balls of gold braid, small porcelain figurines and standard museum plinths, proliferate and vary with pauses and crescendos , composing a visual music that references and rearranges the exhibition space.

“Deploying everyday, fictional and even autobiographical elements to explore form, space, time and the relationships between them through an exceptional variety of materials, Füsun Onur approaches music as a process that engages multiple senses,” said Baykal.

“Opus II – Fantasia” was designed by Onur in 2001 for the exhibition “From Far Away So Close” at the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden – Baden. The artist then created various rearrangements of the work for the group exhibitions “Tactics of Invisibility” (2011) at Arter and “Border of Time” at the Neues Museum Nürnberg.

Onur is currently preparing a new work for the Turkish Pavilion for the 59th Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition, to be held in 2022.

Both exhibitions will remain on display at Arter until February 20, 2022.

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