ARTER's Opening Exhibition: Starter
Starter
Works from the
Vehbi Koç Foundation
Contemporary Art Collection

Curator: René Block

8 May-31 October 2010
Installation view, 3rd floor. Photo: Murat Germen
Installation view, 2nd floor. Photo: Murat Germen
Installation view, 1st floor. Photo: Murat Germen
Installation view, entrance floor. Michael Sailstorfer, "T 72"
Photo: Murat Germen
…but this is only just for starters!

ARTER's inaugural show, "Starter" presented more than 160 works by 87 artists, all belonging to the Vehbi Koç Foundation Contemporary Art Collection. The exhibition was curated by René Block, who also played a significant curatorial role in the formation of the Collection.

The inaugural show offered a first glimpse into the Vehbi Koç Foundation Contemporary Art Collection, the concept of which was developed three years ago, in 2007. Approaching the idea of collecting as a process that serves the future, instead of securing the past, the works in the Collection are acquired not only via auction houses, art fairs or galleries but also directly from artists' studios. VKF regards collecting as a process that takes place before art moves into the museum, i.e. before it becomes institutionalised and academically defined. The Collection thus follows in a way, Block's notion of "flowing museum" –a museum that constantly changes its forms, losing some, gaining others, but endlessly eluding completion.

The VKF Contemporary Art Collection focuses on contemporary art from Turkey and the neighbouring geography and as of 2010 contained around 400 works by more than 100 artists. The exhibition "Starter" offered an art historical perspective from the 1960s to the present, along with recent artistic practices in Turkey and abroad.

The designer Esen Karol has interpreted the show's title "Starter" literally and asked the renowned American calligrapher Tony Di Spigna to create letterforms reminiscent of a luxurious menu at a three-star restaurant. The exhibition's visual identity also implied that this first show of ARTER can be seen as a selection of a large and varied array of appetizers, designed to prepare us for the main course to follow.

Artists
Adel Abidin, Lene Adler Petersen, Nevin Aladağ, Halil Altındere, Lauri Astala, Fikret Atay, Ay-O, Maja Bajević, Joseph Beuys, Barbara Bloom, Claus Böhmler, George Brecht, KP Brehmer, Elina Brotherus, Stanley Brouwn, John Cage, Sophie Calle, Mircea Cantor, Olga Chernysheva, Giuseppe Chiari, Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová, Henning Christiansen, John Coplans, Cengiz Çekil, Braco Dimitrijević, Maria Eichhorn, Cevdet Erek, Ayşe Erkmen, Harun Farocki, Robert Filliou, Terry Fox, Dan Graham, Asta Gröting, Nilbar Güreş, Kristján Gudmundsson, Richard Hamilton, Al Hansen, Dick Higgins, Rebecca Horn, K.H. Hödicke,, Joe Jones, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Šejla Kamerić, Aino Kannisto, Allan Kaprow, Gülsün Karamustafa, Diána Keller, William Kentridge, Alison Knowles, Servet Koçyiğit, Julius Koller, Jarosław Kozłowski, Arthur Köpcke, Konrad Lueg, George Maciunas, Walter Marchetti, Olaf Metzel, Mandana Moghaddam, Aydan Murtezaoğlu, Zoran Naskovski, Navid Nuur, Miklos Onucsan, Ahmet Öğüt, Erkan Özgen, Ebru Özseçen, Nam June Paik, Dan Perjovschi, Goran Petercol, Sigmar Polke, Sophia Pompéry, Diter Rot, Annette Ruenzler, Reiner Ruthenbeck, Michael Sailstorfer, Karin Sander, Carles Santos, Stuart Sherman, Serge Spitzer, Superflex, Bülent Şangar, Cengiz Tekin, Endre Tót, Nasan Tur, Ben Vautier, Wolf Vostell, Emmett Williams, Maaria Wirkkala