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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.

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. 

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.

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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. 

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.

Ottoman Music and Entertainment from the Perspective of Painters

Ottoman Music and Entertainment from the Perspective of Painters

When we examine the Ottoman-themed paintings of indoor everyday life by western painters, musical entertainment attracts attention as a fundamental aspect of the lifestyle.

The Battle of Varna

The Battle of Varna

Over the years of 1864 through 1876, Stanisław Chlebowski served Sultan Abdülaziz in Istanbul as his court painter. As it was, Abdülaziz disposed of considerable artistic talents of his own, and he actively involved himself in Chlebowski’s creative process, suggesting ideas for compositions –such as ballistic pieces praising the victories of Turkish arms. 

Paula Rego in Istanbul!

Paula Rego in Istanbul!

We, by which I mean some of my classmates and I, knew about Paula Rego. I’ll have to admit, I didn’t know where Rego was from or even where in Europe Portugal was. I thought she was English. Let me tell you how I first heard the very un-English sounding name “Paula Rego”