Lene Adler Petersen
Anetta Mona Chisa
Nam June Paik
160 works by 87 artists, all belonging to the Vehbi Koc Foundation Contemporary Art Collection
curated by René Block
ARTER's inaugural show, Starter presents more than 160 works by 87 artists, all belonging to the Vehbi Koç Foundation Contemporary Art Collection. The exhibition is curated by René Block, who also played a significant curatorial role in the formation of the Collection.
The inaugural show offers a first glimpse into the Vehbi Koç Foundation Contemporary Art Collection, the concept of which was developed three years ago. Approaching the idea of collecting as a process that serves the future, instead of securing the past, the works in the Collection are acquired not only via auction houses, art fairs or galleries but also directly from artists' studios. VKF regards collecting as a process that happens before art moves into the museum, i.e. before it becomes institutionalised and academically defined. The Collection thus follows in a way, Block's notion of "flowing museum" –a museum that constantly changes its forms, losing some, gaining others, but endlessly eluding completion.
The VKF Contemporary Art Collection currently contains around 400 works by more than 100 artists and it focuses, on contemporary art from Turkey and the neighbouring geography. The exhibition "Starter" offers an art historical perspective from the 1960s to the present, along with recent artistic practices in Turkey and abroad.
The designer Esen Karol has taken the show's title "Starter" literally by having the renowned American calligrapher Tony Di Spigna create letterforms reminiscent of a luxurious menu at a three-star restaurant. The exhibition's visual identity also implies that this first show of ARTER can be seen as a selection of a large and varied array of appetizers, designed to prepare us for the main course to follow.
Initiated by the Vehbi Koç Foundation, "ARTER - Space for Art" is conceived as an exhibition space and its programmes are created with the aim of encouraging production of contemporary artworks, providing a platform of visibility for artistic practices, producing and presenting exhibitions curated from the VKF Contemporary Art Collection, as well as from private collections and archives. Furthermore, joint productions with international institutions are intended to be included in the programme. In terms of funding, exhibiting, promotion and publications, as well as support for educational activities ARTER will offer artists a sustainable infrastructure for producing new works.
Adel Abidin, Lene Adler Petersen, Nevin Aladağ, Halil Altındere, Lauri Astala, Fikret Atay, Ay-O, Maja Bajević, Joseph Beuys, Barbara Bloom, Claus Böhmler, George Brecht, KP Brehmer, Elina Brotherus, Stanley Brouwn, John Cage, Sophie Calle, Mircea Cantor, Olga Chernysheva, Giuseppe Chiari, Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová, Henning Christiansen, John Coplans, Cengiz Çekil, Braco Dimitrijević, Maria Eichhorn, Cevdet Erek, Ayşe Erkmen, Harun Farocki, Robert Filliou, Terry Fox, Dan Graham, Asta Gröting, Nilbar Güreş, Kristján Gudmundsson, Richard Hamilton, Al Hansen, Dick Higgins, Rebecca Horn, K.H. Hödicke,, Joe Jones, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Šejla Kamerić, Aino Kannisto, Allan Kaprow, Gülsün Karamustafa, Diána Keller, William Kentridge, Alison Knowles, Servet Koçyiğit, Julius Koller, Jarosław Kozłowski, Arthur Köpcke, Konrad Lueg, George Maciunas, Walter Marchetti, Olaf Metzel, Mandana Moghaddam, Aydan Murtezaoğlu, Zoran Naskovski, Navid Nuur, Miklos Onucsan, Ahmet Öğüt, Erkan Özgen, Ebru Özseçen, Nam June Paik, Dan Perjovschi, Goran Petercol, Sigmar Polke, Sophia Pompéry, Diter Rot, Annette Ruenzler, Reiner Ruthenbeck, Michael Sailstorfer, Karin Sander, Carles Santos, Stuart Sherman, Serge Spitzer, Superflex, Bülent Şangar, Cengiz Tekin, Endre Tót, Nasan Tur, Ben Vautier, Wolf Vostell, Emmett Williams, Maaria Wirkkala
Image: Installation view, entrance floor. Michael Sailstorfer, "T 72"
Photo © Murat Germen
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