15th Istanbul Biennial

16 September–12 November 2017

Home: the 15th Istanbul Biennial


Home is approached as an indicator of diverse identities and a vehicle for self-expression, and neighborhood as a micro-universe exemplifying some of the challenges we face in terms of co-existence today”

- Curators Elmgreen and Dragset

Organized by the Istanbul Foundation for the Arts (IKSV) and sponsored by Koç Holding, the 15th Istanbul Biennial (on view until 12 November 2017) hosts exhibitions revolving around the theme, “A Good Neighbor”. Curated by the artist duo, Elmgreen and Dragset, the biennial will exhibit works by 55 artists from 32 countries in six venues across the city. For the first time as part of the Istanbul Biennial, two residential spaces, ARK Kültür Center in the Cihangir district, and Yoğunluk Artist Atelier, an artist collective’s studio in the Asmalımescit district, invite viewers in small groups to view the site-specific installations. The four veteran venues include the Istanbul Modern, the Galata Greek Primary School, Pera Museum and Küçük Mustafa Paşa Hammam.

With long standing partnerships with the Istanbul Biennial, the Istanbul Modern and Pera Museum will utilize both their space and permanent collections to allow artists to express notions of the home, belonging and neighborhoods. As a former cargo warehouse, the Istanbul Modern will host 19 artists throughout the ground floor of the museum. The exhibition will feature large-scale sculpture and multi media installations, all utilizing the open and industrial layout of the museum space.

The Pera Museum, originally designed as a hotel in 1893, now hosts Suna and Inan Kiraç Foundation’s three private collections. Artworks from one collection in particular, the “Orientalist Paintings”, will be interspersed with Biennial works further discussing family values and structures in an exhibition titled, “Intersecting Worlds.”

Public programs will include panel discussions, film screenings, workshops, and events throughout the Biennial. All public programs are free.

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