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.

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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.

A Solitary Eagle in the Sinai Desert

A Solitary Eagle in the Sinai Desert

John Frederick Lewis is considered one of the most important British Orientalist artists of the Victorian era. Pera Museum exhibited several of Lewis’ paintings as part of the Lure of the East exhibition in 2008 organized in collaboration with Tate Britain.

Bosphorus at the Orientalist Paintings

Bosphorus at the Orientalist Paintings

The Bosphorus, which divides the city from north to south, separates two continents, renders Istanbul distinct for western painters, offers the most picturesque spectacles for western artists.

The First Nudes

The First Nudes

Men were the first nudes in Turkish painting. The majority of these paintings were academic studies executed in oil paint; they were part of the education of artists that had finally attained the opportunity to work from the live model. The gender of the models constituted an obstacle in the way of characterizing these paintings as ‘nudes’.