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Anthony Cragg’s “Human Nature” at Istanbul Modern

Istanbul Modern’s first temporary exhibition at its interim space in Beyoğlu features works by the sculptor Anthony Cragg from each of his artistic periods. Sponsored by Ferko, the exhibition “Human Nature” will be on view between May 23 – November 11, 2018

Istanbul Modern’s temporary space opens with an exhibition of the works of Anthony Cragg, one of the most original and innovative artists in contemporary sculpture today. A press conference was held on the occasion of the exhibition “Human Nature”, at which the artist was also present. Sponsored by Ferko, a firm noted for its support of culture and the arts, the exhibition was made possible by the contributions of the British Consulate General in Istanbul and the British Council.

Curated by Istanbul Modern Director General Levent Çalıkoğlu, “Human Nature” integrates Cragg’s experiments in sculpture into a comprehensive and chronological whole.

Presented in the exhibition are as examples from his “Early Forms” and “Rational Beings” series, in which he experimented with a variety of materials and techniques over the years.

The press conference was attended by Chair of the Board of Istanbul Modern Oya Eczacıbaşı, Chair of Ferko Ferit Meriçten, Istanbul Modern Director General Levent Çalıkoğlu, and the artist Anthony Cragg, who shared with the audience information about the exhibition, which sheds light on his production processes over his more than 40-year-long career.

Chair of the Board of Istanbul Modern Oya Eczacıbaşı:

We are delighted to host the works of the celebrated sculptor Anthony Cragg in the opening exhibition of our temporary space in Beyoğlu, where we will be located for the next three years until our new museum building in Karaköy is completed. In our first temporary exhibition in the historical Union Française building, where our museum will be accommodated for some time, art lovers will have the opportunity to observe and learn about the different periods of the more than 40-year careerof Cragg, whose works are found in leading museum and institution collections around the world. Pushing form, color, and material beyond their limits, Cragg challenges the definition of sculpture and, by introducing diversity, endows it with a multilayered richness. Istanbul Modern’s audience had previously gotten to know Cragg through his work “Ugly Faces”, which was included in our earlier collection exhibitions. On behalf of all art lovers, I would like to convey my warm gratitude to Ferit Meriçten and our generous sponsor Ferko, who made it possible for us to realize in Istanbul the first exhibition of this scope of works by this world-renowned sculptor.

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