May 15, 2015 - Sakıp Sabancı Museum - Kutluğ Ataman at the 56th Venice Biennale
May 15, 2015

Kutluğ Ataman at the 56th Venice Biennale

Kutluğ Ataman, THE PORTRAIT OF SAKIP SABANCI, 2014. Courtesy of the S.U. Sakıp Sabancı Museum.

Kutluğ Ataman

9 May–22 November 2015

30122 Venice
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10–18h, 
Friday–Saturday until 26 September 10–20h

Turkish filmmaker and artist Kutluğ Ataman has been invited to exhibit the video installation titled THE PORTRAIT OF SAKIP SABANCI at the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale). The work is shown alongside the 136 artists selected by curator Okwui Enwezor for this year’s exhibition titled All the World’s Futures.

THE PORTRAIT OF SAKIP SABANCI was commissioned by the Sakıp Sabancı family in 2011, to mark the ten-year anniversary of the Turkish business leader and philanthropist Mr. Sakıp Sabancı’s passing. The multi-image installation, which took almost three years to complete, is formed of approximately 10,000 LCD panels—each one a portrait of one of the tens of thousands of people from all walks of life—who crossed paths with Mr. Sabancı. These are people who he supported and those who worked with him.  

Kutluğ Ataman, born in Istanbul in 1961, is an artist whose main medium of expression is the moving image. Ataman’s works have been exhibited at international art events including the 56th Venice Biennale and Documenta in Germany in 2002, as well as major museums including MoMA in New York, Tate Britain in London, and Guggenheim Bilbao. He received the Carnegie Prize in Pittsburgh in 2004, was among the four finalists for the Turner Prize and was awarded the Abraaj Capital Art Prize in 2009. Ataman was the joint winner of the European Cultural Foundation’s Routes Princess Margriet Award in 2011 and was named artist of the year by The Observer newspaper in the United Kingdom. His works are included in such private and institutional collections as MoMA in New York, Tate Modern in London, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Vienna, the Dimitris Daskalopoulos Collection in Athens and Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh.

For media or image enquiries, contact: 
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Local press:
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T +00 90 541 281 12 16 / ofis [​at​]


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