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Top four Istanbul Music Festival concerts

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Get ready to be swept up in a world of melody as the 44th Istanbul Music Festival takes over the city from June 1 to 24 with an impressive program inspired by the Shakespearean verse “If music be the food of love, play on.”

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.

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Arter , İstiklal Caddesi Until Sunday May 7 2017

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).

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Until Sunday June 4 2017

Cold Front from the Balkans

This group exhibition features works by contemporary artists from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.

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Pera Museum , Tepebaşı Until Sunday May 7 2017

Feyhaman Duran

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.

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Sakıp Sabancı Museum , Sarıyer Until Sunday July 30 2017


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.

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Istanbul Modern , Tarlabaşı Until Sunday June 4 2017