Anthony Cragg’s Sculptors at Istanbul Modern

Istanbul Modern opens its temporary space in Beyoglu with an exhibition by Anthony Cragg.

Istanbul Modern is Turkey’s first museum of modern and contemporary art. The museum now has moved to its temporary space while its new home is being built. The British artist Anthony Cragg’s “Human Nature” is the first exhibition on view featuring sculptures from his artistic periods.

The exhibition is curated by Istanbul Modern Director General Levent Calıkoglu. At the press conference he said: “While contemporary art was searching for new forms of expression through interdisciplinary transformations, Cragg combined the inherent aspects of sculpture – such as mass, negative space, material, and scale – with ideas and concepts that were current at the time. He established his own distinctive world of images and forms, which, by making reference to sculpture’s historical past, extended from existing ready-made objects to sculptures with unique three-dimensional volume.”

Sponsored by Ferko, the exhibition was made possible by the contributions of the British Consulate General in Istanbul and the British Council. One of world’s most celebrated artists of the contemporary sculptor, Anthony Cragg was also at present at the press conference.

Liverpool born Anthony Cragg’s works are found in leading museum and institution collections around the world. He believes that sculpture and science and the worlds of physics and metaphysics complement one another and encourage thinking. In 1988, Anthony Cragg was awarded with the Turner Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in the UK.

Featuring over 50 works of the artist, you can visit the exhibition from May 23 – November 11. In conjunction with the exhibition, kids and young people can also enjoy the workshops are organised by the museum.

Istanbul Modern will stay at its temporary space for the next three years until the new building in Karakoy is completed.

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