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The 10 best Turkish street foods
Istanbul might be a goldmine of culinary variety, but it’s no secret that dining at the city’s most fashionable restaurants can leave a hole in your wallet. Whether you’re in a hurry to fill your stomach or your funds are running a bit low, this list of the best street food is sure to come in handy the next time you’re looking around the corner to find a meal.
Unmissable events of the month
Jake & Dinos Chapman: In the Realm of the Senseless
Jake and Dinos Chapman have made a career out of shocking audiences with their works – think skeletons piled on top of each other, mannequins with phallic noses and rifles in their hands, and Ronald McDonald crucified… The Chapman brothers’ first show in Turkey is one of this season’s unmissable events.
Masters of Cinema in Turkey: Lütfi Akad
Istanbul Modern pays tribute to Ömer Lütfi Akad, one of the founding directors of Turkish cinema, with an exhibition featuring set photos, original screenplays, film frames and movie posters from Akad movies such as Vurun Kahpeye (Strike the Whore, 1949), Hudutların Kanunu (Law of the Border, 1966) and Vesikalı Yarim (My Prostitute Love, 1968).
The Sakıp Sabancı Museum's new show brings together an astonishing selection of 1000 works that pay tribute to the life and art of Feyhaman Duran, who left his homeland in 1911, during the final years of the Ottoman Empire, to study painting in Paris under the influence of Impressionist painters. In addition to paintings by Duran, the selection also includes a life-sized replica of the home he shared with his wife Güzin Duran, who was also a painter. You’ll also get to see replicas of both artists’ studios, complete with their old paintbrushes and palettes.
The exhibition relies on curatorial research with a focus on the cultural and social life that developed around harbors from the 19th century to the present. You’ll find works by more than 30 of Turkey’s leading artists, among them Nevin Aladağ, Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin, Abidin Dino, Burhan Doğançay, Feyhaman Duran, Ara Güler, Nuri İyem and Gülsün Karamustafa, to name only a few. The exhibition also pays tribute to the origins of the building, which formerly served as a dry cargo warehouse before it was converted into a modern museum.