Miniature 2.0

Miniature in Contemporary Art

August 11, 2020 - January 24, 2021

Focusing on contemporary approaches to miniature painting, the exhibition brought together the works of 14 artists from different countries such as Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan. The artists did not treat miniature solely as a historical object, they emphasize its theoretical potential as a contemporary art form. Using various forms such as sculpture, video, photography, and installation, they brought out miniature from books, where it has resided for centuries, gave it a new dimension, and searched for ways in which miniature can live in the contemporary world.

Contemporary miniature goes beyond its former context in terms of form and content, and it focuses on issues such as colonialism, orientalism, economic inequality, gender, politics of identity, discrimination, social violence, compulsory migration, and representation. The exhibition emphasized the artists’ various approaches to traditional miniature, as well as revealing the commonalities between them.

Curated by Azra Tüzünoğlu and Gülce Özkara, the exhibition featured work by Hamra Abbas, Rashad Alakbarov, Halil Altındere, Dana Awartani, Fereydoun Ave, CANAN, Noor Ali Chagani, Cansu Çakar, Hayv Kahraman, Imran Qureshi, Nilima Sheikh, Shahpour PouyanShahzia Sikander and Saira Wasim. 

Images
Hayv Kahraman
Nabog, 2014
Keten üzerine yağlı boya
Oil on linen
Each panel: 292.1 x 139.7 x 5.08 cm
Diptych: 292.1  x 279.4 x 110 x 5.08 cm
© Hayv Kahraman. Courtesy of the Artist, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York,
VELMETTER, Los Angeles, and The Third Line, Dubai.

Imran Qureshi
Moderate Enlightenment, 2009
Opaque watercolor and gold leaf on wasli paper, 18 x 14 cm
Private collection Courtesy of the Artist


Shahpour Pouyan
After 'Anushirvan, His Ministers and Buzurgmihr in Conversation', 2016
Mixed media on Japanese rice paper, 25 x 17 cm
Courtesy of the Artist and Lawrie Shabibi

Fereydoun Ave
Untitled, 2018
various cloth duffel
186 × 327 cm
Courtesy of the Artist

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Exhibition Catalogue

Miniature 2.0

Miniature 2.0

Focusing on contemporary approaches to miniature painting, the exhibition brings together the works of 14 artists from different countries such as Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan.

Falname <br> CANAN

Falname
CANAN

Focusing on contemporary approaches to miniature painting, the exhibition Miniature 2.0: Miniature in Contemporary Art brings together the works of 14 artists from different countries such as Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan. The artists do not treat miniature solely as a historical object, they emphasize its theoretical potential as a contemporary art form. 

Breaking Binaries: Thinking About Art in the Covid Age <br> Shahzia Sikander and Vishakha Desai

Breaking Binaries: Thinking About Art in the Covid Age
Shahzia Sikander and Vishakha Desai

Focusing on contemporary approaches to miniature painting, the exhibition Miniature 2.0: Miniature in Contemporary Art brings together the works of 14 artists from different countries such as Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan. The artists do not treat miniature solely as a historical object, they emphasize its theoretical potential as a contemporary art form.

CANAN and Filiz Adıgüzel Toprak Moderator: Gülce Özkara

CANAN and Filiz Adıgüzel Toprak Moderator: Gülce Özkara

The talk will focus on how the relationship between miniature painting and contemporary art in Turkey developed with particular emphasis on CANAN’s works in the exhibition and on the current forms into which miniature painting has evolved with an interdisciplinary approach that transcends periods. 

Video

Pera Learning

Miniature 2.0: Miniature in Contemporary Art
Online Workshops

Pera Museum Learning Programs organize a series of colorful online workshops for various age groups under the scope of the exhibition Miniature 2.0: Miniature in Contemporary Art between 5 September 2020 and 15 January 2021.

Is mutual understanding possible? <br> Berlinde De Bruyckere

Is mutual understanding possible?
Berlinde De Bruyckere

Pera Museum, in collaboration with Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), is one of the main venues for this year’s 15th Istanbul Biennial from 16 September to 12 November 2017.  Through the biennial, we will be sharing detailed information about the artists and the artworks.

Modernity Building the Modern / Reshaping the Modern

Modernity Building the Modern / Reshaping the Modern

A firm believer in the idea that a collection needs to be upheld at least by four generations and comparing this continuity to a relay race, Nahit Kabakcı began creating the Huma Kabakcı Collection from the 1980s onwards. Today, the collection can be considered one of the most important and outstanding examples among the rare, consciously created, and long-lasting ones of its kind in Turkey.

Portrait of a Bullfighter (1797)

Portrait of a Bullfighter (1797)

The man is depicted in three-quarters view, turning straight to the viewers with a penetrating glance. The background is grey, while the clothes, the hair, and cap are black.