January 17, 2020 - ARTER - 2020 programme
January 17, 2020


Barış Doğrusöz, Interstices, a dizzying array of combinations, 2018. Sculptures from balsa wood painted in black.

Arter Collection.

Installation view from Arter’s inaugural programme.

Photo: flufoto

2020 programme

Irmak Caddesi No: 13
Dolapdere Beyoğlu
34435 Istanbul

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A subsidiary of the Vehbi Koç Foundation, Arter’s new building, designed by Grimshaw Architects, was opened in September 2019 with a multidisciplinary programme comprised of exhibitions, events, learning, and publications. In 2020, Arter continues to present a programme of exhibitions from but not limited to its collection, as well as supporting new productions.


Cevdet Erek, Bergama Stereotip
Curator: Selen Ansen
February 27–August 9, 2020

Conceived for the gallery space at Arter, Cevdet Erek’s work interprets the historical Grand Altar of Pergamon and its odyssey through a sounding architecture. This site-specific installation is a variation of the work Bergama Stereo, which is currently on view in Hamburger Bahnhof Museum (für Gegenwart) in Berlin.

Nevin Aladağ, Traces
March 12–August 23, 2020

In this 3-channel video installation from the Arter Collection, Nevin Aladağ creates a portrait of Stuttgart, where she spent her childhood and early youth, by transforming urban and natural elements of the city into musical performers.

KP Brehmer. The Big Picture
Curator: Selen Ansen
April 16–September 6, 2020

In 2020, Arter will present a major retrospective of German artist KP Brehmer (1938–1997) who was associated with the Capitalist Realism movement. Featuring more than 200 works and archival materials, the exhibition is the last part of a co-production project realized by Neues Museum Nürnberg, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Kunstmuseum Den Haag and Arter.

Sound Art Projects #3: For Eyes that Hear
Curator: Melih Fereli
May 14, 2020–January 10, 2021

Drawn from the Arter Collection, this group exhibition features 23 works, many of which with a strong musical connection. Taking its reference from John Cage’s experimental approach that combines the use of silence with aleatory music, as well as from various Fluxus artists, the exhibition invites visitors to explore and imagine “sounds” evoked by the works within the overall silence prevailing in the gallery space.

David Tudor and Composers Inside Electronics, Inc.
Rainforest V (variation 3)
Curator: Melih Fereli
May 14–November 1, 2020

First commissioned in 1968 by the choreographer Merce Cunningham to the composer David Tudor as a dance work, Rainforest was developed by composers John Driscoll and Phil Edelstein of CIE (Composers Inside Electronics, Inc) into a self-performing sound installation where 20 compound structural objects of everyday use (such as a float, plastic barrel, copper bucket, plant pot, badminton racquet) are suspended from the ceiling and resonate with signals sent from pre-recorded sound files, thus creating a sound environment evoking the natural sounds of the rainforest.

On Celestial Bodies
Curator: Kevser Güler
June 11, 2020–February 7, 2021

This collection-based exhibition proposes a constellation of works of art dealing with the potential of gathering and dispersion, moving closer and drifting apart. It addresses the affective and relational material network of encounters, unions and dissolutions; and the specificities of singular artworks and exhibitions within this realm.

Emre Hüner solo exhibition (title TBC)
Curator: Aslı Seven
September 3, 2020–February 28, 2021

Emre Hüner’s solo exhibition at Arter is composed of new works that emerge from a multifocal script bordering parafiction. The exhibition suggests an infrastructural techno-subjectivity that manifests itself through repetitions and differences in scale and material, metabolizing itself across film, sculpture and installations.

Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye solo exhibition (title TBC)
Curator: Eda Berkmen
September 10, 2020–January 31, 2021

Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye’s solo exhibition at Arter will consist solely of new productions. The high-fired bowls that the artist produces specially for this exhibition combine the universality of beauty, harmony, and balance into a daily and primitive object.

Group exhibition (title TBC)
Curator: Selen Ansen
October 1, 2020–May 2, 2021

This collection-based group exhibition will revolve around the concept of “nature” and explore the human approach to nature via the lens of culture, artifice, narratives and utopia.


In 2020, Arter continues to present a multi-disciplinary events programme featuring outstanding and innovative examples of performing arts, classical, contemporary and electronic music, film, performance and digital arts.

On its first events season at its new building, Arter introduces a new festival that focuses on new music. Curated by Matthias Osterwold, the first edition of “The New and Newest Music Festival” will present performances by Enno Poppe’s Ensemble Mosaik, ICC (Istanbul Composers Collective), Mazen Kerbaj’s Wormholes and “A” Trio, and Alva Noto.

Curated by Selen Ansen, Arter’s Performance Programme continues with The Quiet Volume by Ant Hampton and Tim Etchells from January 23–February 13 and Mette Edvardsen’s performance Oslo on February 15–16, as part of the programme’s second section titled “Participation.”

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