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“Floating Islands,” Istanbul Modern’s 9th collection exhibition, brings together more than 280 works by 110 artists and 2 artist duos. Besides the permanent and temporary exhibition galleries, the exhibition encompasses other spaces throughout the building.
The permanent exhibition gallery presents a chronological selection from the museum collection that traces the development and transformation of art scene in Türkiye after 1945. Touching on different subjects and approaches, from figurative paintings to installations and videos, the selection reveals interactions between artists. While shedding light on the popular tendencies of the time, each work also informs viewers about the specific style of the artist.
The temporary exhibition gallery features thematic presentations of works mostly created after the 2000s. Underlining common topics that artists from Türkiye and abroad have engaged with, the works demonstrate the affinities and shared sensibilities of production by contemporary artists living in different geographies. The selection highlights artistic responses to themes like city, human, nature, borders, geographies, politics, culture, sound and music while encouraging viewers to recall circumstances and events that impact the present.
“Floating Islands” pays homage to artists’ extraordinary imagination and spheres of influence. It indicates their attachment to a specific place while also emphasizing the impact of their thought and production beyond borders and geographies.
Artists: Kuzgun Acar, Franz Ackermann, Murat Akagündüz, Erol Akyavaş, Nevin Aladağ, Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin, Halil Altındere, Refik Anadol, Avni Arbaş, Yüksel Arslan, Tomur Atagök, Kutluğ Ataman, Fikret Atay, Georg Baselitz, Bedri Baykam, Aliye Berger, Nurullah Berk, Sabri Berkel, Semiha Berksoy, Albert Bitran, Mohamed Bourouissa, Mark Bradford, Lee Bul, Cihat Burak, Daniel Buren, CANAN, Taner Ceylan, Anthony Cragg, Hüseyin Çağlayan, Adnan Çoker, Richard Deacon, Nejad Melih Devrim, Burhan Doğançay, İpek Duben, Nezaket Ekici, Abidin Elderoğlu, Devrim Erbil, Tayfun Erdoğmuş, Neş'e Erdok, Cevdet Erek, Ayşe Erkmen, Erol Eskici, İnci Eviner, Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu, Murat Germen, Gilbert & George, Tanya Goel, Katharina Grosse, Ara Güler, Mehmet Güleryüz, Neşet Günal, Nedim Günsür, Selma Gürbüz, Altan Gürman, Camille Henrot, Horasan, Balkan Naci İslimyeli, Ferit İşcan, Nuri İyem, Zeki Faik İzer, İhsan Cemal Karaburçak, Gülsün Karamustafa, Şahin Kaygun, Ali Kazma, Anselm Kiefer, Karin Kneffel, Nur Koçak, Komet, Azade Köker, Guillermo Kuitca, Nuri Kuzucan, Alicja Kwade, Bertrand Lavier, Margherita Manzelli, Şükran Moral, Yıldız Moran, Aydan Murtezaoğlu, Mübin Orhon, Kemal Önsoy, İrfan Önürmen, Ferhat Özgür, Serkan Özkaya, Şener Özmen - Erkan Özgen, Orhan Peker, Seçkin Pirim, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Laure Prouvost, Anselm Reyle, Adrián Villar Rojas, Sterling Ruby, Sarkis, Hale Tenger, Canan Tolon, Seyhun Topuz, Selim Turan, F.Tülin, Ömer Uluç, Ebru Uygun, Burhan Uygur, Jorinde Voigt, Nari Ward, Richard Wentworth, Nil Yalter, Haegue Yang, Fahrelnissa Zeid, Jérôme Zonder, :mentalKLINIK