From the Biennial Website, by Hou Hanru, Curator of this year's event: "[...] Founded 20 years ago, the Istanbul Biennial should be understood as a part of the modernization project of Turkey in her search for both internal cultural development and international status. The Biennial has gained a certain maturity and is now facing the task of injecting new blood and reinventing itself as a forerunner in the creation of contemporary art. [...] To critically reexamine ‘the promise of modernity’, we have chosen some of the most significant modern edifices and venues including the AKM, İMÇ, Antrepo, santralistanbul and KAHEM. They symbolically and physically mirror the various facets and models of urban modernization in the city. In these sites, the utopian project of the republican revolution and modernization meets with the lively, ever-changing and ‘chaotic’ reality, at once harmonious and conflicting. They are sites where the top-down vision of the modern city clashes with the bottom-up imaginations and actions promoting difference and hybridity."
A unique display of more than 20 works from San Diego Museum of Art’s collection showcases images from the Khamseh or “Quintet” of Nezami, one of the most renowned Persian poets of all time. The paintings on view were created for or inspired by Nezami’s texts, which are among the most celebrated and influential poetic works in all of Persian literature. More...
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