All posts written by Ilknur Akman Erk

Edmondo de Amicis

  In these last few weeks I have been reading a lot about İstanbul. All those readings are helping me to realise once more that this city has always fascinated people of all kinds from all over the globe. Intellectuals, artists, reporters, adventurers… They all came to her, seeking either[…]

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Who Is Inside You?

I am celebrating autumn and changing of weather and İstanbul Modern is hosting a new exhibition after MACK, that you shouldn’t miss at all: İnci Eviner Retrospective in İstanbul Modern, ‘’Who Is Inside You?’’ . The beautiful ambience of İstanbul Modern, right on the Bosphorus, helps you to get out of[…]

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MACK: Just Light and Colour

  We are living in strange days! Full of turmoil and disturbance. We don’t know what will happen next but we still have hope for peace and for a better future. If not for us, for our kids, for young souls living under the same sky, we want to stay[…]

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Mario Prassinos: In Pursuit of an Artist

I had a very fruitful weekend visiting museums and walking around the crowded streets of old Karaköy and Pera. My most important discovery, this weekend, was Mario Prassinos, an artist of Istanbul origin, born in 1916. Never heard of him before! What a surprise! Some details about him: Born into an[…]

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Angry Panda in Galata

  Last week I had a nice walk around Galata for a couple of hours. I have always loved that part of our city. When I was at school, I sometimes skipped classes and went there for a walk, dreaming about the past. Still doing it but this time there[…]

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”Till It’s Gone” at Istanbul MODERN and Joni Mitchell

  Since January 16th, Istanbul Modern has been home to a very interesting and rich exhibition on nature and sustainability: Till It’s Gone. The exhibition undertakes a conceptual research on nature and focuses on ecological issues thanks to striking displays of different artists. Paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs and other form[…]

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Just 50 meters in Galata

It’s always a big pleasure for me to walk around Galata area. Has always been so since my school days. Feeling the old harbours atmosphere in the narrow streets and alleys there, takes me back to those old times when Istanbul was a world on its own between East and[…]

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Ara Güler and Ara Café

  Sure everybody agrees, one of the major venues of our İstanbul is İstiklal Caddesi. People walk up and down between Tünel and Taksim square and honestly, never get enough of it. This was what I used to do when I was a school girl in Italian High School down in[…]

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Osman Hamdi Bey’s Tortoise Trainer

  Pera Museum of Istanbul is the home to one of the most important paintings of Turkish History of Art: Tortoise Trainer of Osman Hamdi! Osman Hamdi Bey, was one of the prominent intellectuals of his time and he was in charge of Archaeology Museums of the capital, İstanbul. We[…]

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