Istanbul is a city bearing centuries-old synthesis of civilizations. For centuries this magnificent city stood as the symbol of power and politics.
Istanbul for centuries has been one of the leading cities which are known for its artistic and cultural values. It feeds art and culture and creates an understanding of life.
For 11 years September has been the month where attractive events are organized in Istanbul. The 11th International Istanbul Biennial started on September 12 and lasted until November 8.
Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts is an important and world wide known foundation that organizes numerous international festivals and events in Istanbul, and it has organized many international events including artists from different cultures since 1987. The Foundation’s initial goal is to offer the finest examples of art from around the world, while at the same time promoting the national, cultural and artistic assets of Turkey, by using arts to create an international platform of communication. This foundation also organized Istanbul Biennial that aims to bring together artists from different cultures. Until today the Foundation has organized 10 Biennials that established a cultural network between the domestic and international circles. It is also considered the most prestigious Biennial among the World’s most famous ones like Venice, Sao Paulo and Sydney Biennials. The International Istanbul Biennial which is also a contemporary art exhibition plays a vital role in introducing many artists from different countries in the International arena. Also the exhibitions, panels, conferences and workshops organized enable both the audience and the arts students to follow up the artistic and current developments in the world, thus enabling the Foundation to undertake an educational purpose also.
What Keeps Mankind Alive?
The 11th International Istanbul Biennial is curated by What, How and for whom. The exhibition is entitled “What Keeps Mankind Alive?” -the English translation of the song ‘Denn wovon lebt der Mensch?’ from The Threepenny Opera, written in 1928 by Bertolt Brecht, in collaboration with Elisabeth Hauptmann and Kurt Weill. Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency that has supported all Festivals organized by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts in 2009 and 2010 also supported the Biennial. The biennial will host 141 projects by 70 artists from 40 countries. It also hosted famous artists like Nam June Paik, Sanja Ivekovic, Danica Dakic and Rabih Mroue along with Turkish artists. The 11th International Istanbul Biennial also hosted many important names of the contemporary art scene. Almost 3000 guests came to the opening of the Biennial, among them being many critics, curators, directors of museums and art galleries and foreign journalists. The answer of the title “What Keeps Mankind Alive?” was given by the panels, performances and all other events that were organized, simply mankind is kept alive with working and producing.
Art is a sort of cement that enables cultural amalgamation.
Pieces of artistic perspectives come together and build high level creative and ideal values what makes up the philosophy of the mankind. Art and culture play a vital role for maintaining peace and justice in the world. These fields provide solidarity where people work shoulder to shoulder with an effort to create a better world. A free artistic atmosphere results in free outcomes. Since 1987 the International Istanbul Biennial plays the role of a mediator along with art lover contributors to create such an atmosphere where beautiful and unique pieces of art are created. The opening ceremony of the Istanbul Biennial on September 12 started with the presentation of 4 female artists’ speech on the main theme of the Biennial.
In his speech delivered at the ceremony, Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Ertuğrul Günay underlined that the cultural initiatives launched in Istanbul were not only appreciated in Turkey, but rather in the whole world. The Istanbul Biennial captured the attraction of the international circles that increases with each day. Educational programmes were also organized for children throughout the Istanbul Biennial. The programmes aimed at developing a cultural interest in museums and exhibitions for children between the ages of 6-14 years. This international event gathered all art lovers together including children, elderly artists and old masters.
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