Highlight #4: Welcome the new year, 2015!

Contemporary art hot spots: Istanbul, New York, Paris and London


20 November 2014~15 February 2015_Istanbul Modern Photography Gallery

The retrospective of Şahin Kaygun, one of the pioneering contemporary artists in Turkey, is on view at Istanbul Modern. Kaygun died in 1992 at young age of 41, but until his death he constantly searched for newer and more unique artistic language and possibilities of expression through various approaches. Interdisciplinary art was unfamiliar to the people in Turkey during the 1980s when the artist was active as an established artist. Nevertheless, since he attempted to overcome the limitations of photography as a medium by combining it with painting, graphic design and film, there was a big change in Turkish photography.

The exhibition showcases 89 artworks including photography series he produced from 1978 to 1991 to trace the technical and conceptual transformation of Kaygun's artistic practice and experimentation. It also reviews the artist’s oeuvre from the cinematic productions to the polaroid works, revealing the expansion between photography and painting as the time passed. The exhibition has begun from meticulously studying the archive of 2,000 slides owned by the artist’s family. This exhibition provides an opportunity for the viewers to observe not only the original prints collected from ten different collections, but also the creative process of Kaygun.
















9 November 2014~22 February 2015_Museum of Modern Art, New York

<Sturtevant: Double Trouble> is the first comprehensive survey exhibition in the United States of the artist’s 50 year career. Since her first solo show at Everson Museum of Art in 1973, this exhibition is the first monumental exhibition at an American institution. Born in 1924 and died in 2014, the artist has worked with every artistic medium, such as painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, film and video, and this exhibition brings together more than fifty works from her career.

This figurative artist began showing her works under the name "Sturtevant" in a group exhibition at the Betty Parsons Gallery in New York in 1960. In 1964, she started making her own versions of the works but continued to appropriate the art of some of the era’s most iconic artists including Robert Gober, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Keith Haring, and Anselm Kiefer as sources for her work. However, since 1974, she withdrew from exhibiting her work for more than a decade. Then she reappeared within the sympathetic context of Postmodernism in 1985. Since 1998, she produced the video work as documentation, and it became her primary focus

  • <Warhol Diptych>

    1973/2004 Synthetic polymer screenprint and acrylic on canvas213×322 cm Pinault Collection

  • <Johns 0 through 9>

    1965 Encaustic on newsprint 27.5×36.5cm Collection de Bruin-Heijn

  • <Duchamp Wanted>

    1969 Photograph collage 29×22.8 cm Kolodny Family Collection

  • <Haring Tag July 15 1981>

    1985 Sumi ink and acrylic on canvas 25×32.5cm Estate Sturtevant, Paris Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris-Salzburg

  • <Elastic Tango>

    2010 Nine-channel video installation(color, sound) 221.9×401.3×68.6 cm); video: 11 min., 2 sec Private collection, Switzerland

  • Exhibition view of <Sturtevant: Double Trouble>

    At the Museum of Modern Art, New York

  • Exhibition view of <Sturtevant: Double Trouble>

    At the Museum of Modern Art, New York


17 December 2014~16 February 2015_Fondation Louis Vuitton

Born in 1967, Olafur Eliasson grew up in Iceland and Denmark. Now he lives in Copenhagen and Berlin and works throughout the world. He was the representative artist of Denmark at Venice Biennale 2003 and in the same year, he presented Weather Project which has become one of most well-known works at Tate Modern.

The artist is known for exhibiting excellent skills at making it possible for the audience to experience and interact with the work and the space in each person’s individual way regardless the size and the site. In particular, Inside the Horizon is the commissioned work by Foundation Louis Vuitton for this exhibition, and it brings vibrant energy created by the museum building, surrounding landscape, ever-changing natural light, yellow light, shadow, light reflections and the audience.

  • <Bridge from the future>

    2014 Photo: Iwan Baan

  • <Big Bang Fountain>

    2014 Photo: Iwan Baan

  • <Contact>

    2014 ⓒ Maria del Pilar Garcia Ayensa, Studio Olafur Eliasson Photo: Iwan Baan

  • <Double infinit(Detail)>

    2014 Photo: Iwan Baan

  • <Dust particle>

    2014 Photo: Iwan Baan

  • <Map for unthought thoughts>

    2014 Photo: Iwan Baan


26 November 2014~15 March 2015_Tate Modern

Commemorating the 100th year since the outbreak of the First World War, Conflict, Time, Photography brings together the photographers who capture the scenes of bombing. Instead of focusing on the passage of time, the exhibition provides an alternative to familiar notions of photojournalism. Furthermore, it introduces the works that reflect the previous incidents by applying unique methods with the camera and showcases the works that recreate “conflicts” that have influenced our life in various ways. Focusing on the timely relationship between the areas of conflict and photography, this exhibition emphasizes the concept how time itself becomes the essential element of the photography as a medium. The viewer encounters historical images that are rarely seen and photographic installations created recently.

The exhibition depicts various differing perspectives of each artist through the connections in time, and the topics it explore include the conflicts happened all over the world from the 19th century to the 21st century, such as landscape, ruin, reconstruction and the cost of human damage. The private collection of The Archive of Modern Conflict, London-based independent publishing company, is shown as a special section of this exhibit, and it presents a diverse range of photographs, documents and other materials to offer an alternative perspective of war and its memory.

  • Shomei Tomatsu <Steel Helmet with Skull Bone Fused by Atomic Bomb, Nagasaki>

    1963 Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo ⓒ Shomei Tomatsu-interface

  • Simon Norfolk <Bullet-scarred apartment building and shops in the Karte Char district of Kabul. This area saw fighting between Hikmetyar and Rabbani and then between Rabbani and the Hazaras>

    2003 ⓒ Simon Norfolk

  • Luc Delahaye <US Bombing on Taliban Positions>

    2001 C-print 238.6×112.2cm Courtesy Luc Delahaye&Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris/Bruxelles

  • Jo Ractliffe <On the road to Cuito Cuanavale IV>

    2009 Hand-printed silver gelatin print

  • Ursula Schultz-Domburg <Kazakhstan, Opytnoe Pole>

    2012 Courtesy of the artist's studio ⓒ Ursula Schultz-Domburg

  • An-My Le <Untitled, Hanoi>

    1995 From the series Untitled, Vietnam Courtesy of the artist and Murray Guy, New York

  • Pierre Anthony-Thouret <Plate XXXVIII>

    1927 From Reims after the war, The mutilated cathedral, The devastated city, Private collection, London

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