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Held Together with Water

Istanbul Modern, Istanbul

"Performance" and "Spaces / Places"

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Istanbul Museum of Modern Art presents to viewers the exhibition "Held Together with Water", prepared with the co-operation of Gabriele Schor, the Manager of the Verbund Collection, and Levent Çalıkoğlu, Chief Curator of the İstanbul Museum of Modern Art, on September 10th, 2008.

The Verbund Collection, brought to life by Verbund, Austria's leading electricity company, as a contemporary, internationally oriented and elite collection, will first be exhibited in the İstanbul Museum of Modern Art outside of Austria.

The exhibition titled "Held Together with Water", with its themes of "Performance" and "Spaces / Places", highlights the specific lines of contact in contemporary art, extending from the 1970's to our day. The exhibition articulates, with these two themes, how a lot of female and male artists abandoned painting and steered towards completely new forms of expression, and the transformation to photography, video and spatial installations.

116 works by 39 artists who have steered the contemporary art world, like Cindy Sherman, Gordon Matta-Clark, Jeff Wall, Ernesto Neto, Gilbert&George, Francis Alÿs, Nan Goldin, Sarah Lucas, Fred Sandback, Eleanor Antin, Cecil Beaton, Bernd-Hilla Becher, Johanna Billing, Valie Export, Kate Gilmore, Birgit Jügenssen, Louise Lawler, Ursula Mayer, Urs Lüthi, Gabriel Orozco, Loan Nguyen, Ed Ruscha, Markus Schinwald, Simon Starling, Gillian Wearing, Lawrence Weiner, Francesca Woodmann and Nil Yalter are in exhibition.

Under the title "Performance", in a process starting with the 1970's, the orientation of the artists towards trends like the discovery of their own bodies, questioning their identity, and the feminist rebellion are dealt with.

As for the theme of "Spaces / Places", it focuses on the relationship art builds with spaces, visualising how spaces are deconstructed by artists, and then again integrated.

Contemporary open until 25 January 2009

Human Conditions

The exhibition is composed of the photographs of Sıtkı Kösemen together with those of Ergün Turan and Süreyya Yılmaz Dernek on September 10th at the Photography Gallery.

In the exhibition, the curator of which is Engin Özendes, the photographs by Ergün Turan and Süreyya Yılmaz Dernek of the passers-by in their natural conditions will be displayed on one wall, with Sıtkı Kösemen’s photographs of people “playing possum” will be placed on the other. The exhibition where a total of 52 photographs from the two projects will be displayed will last until January 25th, 2009.

Contemporary open until 11 January 2009

The city Rises

The city has long been a subject of investigation for the modern artist. After the Impressionists, art has been an eminently urban phenomenon. For over a century, cities have provided the most fertile ground for artists: as a table of social interchange, a source of inspiration, a marketplace and a haven. From the Futurists to Léger; from Duchamp’s Bachelor Machines to Ed Ruscha’s maps of Los Angeles; from the photographs by Weegee and Diane Arbus to those by Ara Güler, the urban context has been a territory for investigation, and the privileged vantage point from which to observe the sweeping changes that have affected us in the past 100 years.

The City Rises borrows its name from the seminal painting by Umberto Boccioni (1910) that glorifies the speed, the noise and the excitement of cities at the dawn of the 20th century.

Artists: Zbig Rybczynski, Fikret Atay, Ali Kazma

The three artists presented in this exhibition offer the viewer a particular vision of urban life today, distant from the optimism of the Futurist vision, yet equally mesmerizing. Each one, by focusing on the repetition of apparently anodyne actions, lingering on an aesthetical analysis of labor, or confronting the viewer with a non-sentimental and politicized scrutiny of urban centres, presents us with a vision of the city and of the Zeitgeist that is as accurate as it is hyperbolic.

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