Istanbul is unique. It is the only city in the world where two continents meet. Enjoy old and new in the cultural capital of Turkey with Istanbul expert Marc Guillet

Awesome art @ Istanbul’s 12th Biennial

Posted on 22 September 2011

The 12th Istanbul Biennial explores the rich relationship between art and politics, focusing on artworks that are both formally innovative and politically outspoken. This year’s biennial has already been hailed as Istanbul’s best by The Guardian and others. It takes as its point of departure the work of the Cuban American artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957–1996)…. Read more »

Stars of Istanbul inspire and help kids

Posted on 15 September 2011

The streets of Istanbul have turned into an open-air museum with hundreds of star-shaped sculptures representing beacons of success, hope and light. They are meant to inspire children all over Istanbul. Some passers-by just admire the stars, others hug them and want to be photographed by their friends. Especially kids are fond to be on… Read more »

Ottoman weapons in Topkapı Palace

Posted on 30 August 2011

Weapons from various periods of the Ottoman period are finally displayed properly thanks to a new section in Istanbul’s Topkapı Palace. Hundreds of war- and weapons-related miniatures, kept in the shelves of the museum’s archive,  are now to be seen by the tourists as part of a renovation project that has been completed. Many of the… Read more »

Surreal art of Patricia Piccinini

Posted on 10 July 2011

Surreal art in sculptures, installation, drawing and video. That is typically for Australian contemporary artist Patricia Piccinini. Her works, from 1997 up to the present, can be seen in Istanbul now through august 22nd in the very pleasant art gallery Arter on Istiklal Caddesi. I especially love the sculpture “The Lovers”, two scooters who are… Read more »

Photo exhibition about women’s football

Posted on 22 June 2011

Women’s football still has a long way to go. In many countries the male dominated football federations look down upon women’s football. But the tide is slowly changing in the right direction. In may countries but also on the international level. In 2011 the FIFA organized the first Women’s World Cup in Germany. Sixteen teams… Read more »