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8 May–31 October 2010

Starter

Curator
René Block
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 Wirkkal

…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.


 


 

Installation view, Arter, Istiklal Street
Photo: Murat Germen
Installation view, Arter, Istiklal Street
Photo: Murat Germen
Installation view, Arter, Istiklal Street
Photo: Murat Germen
Michael Sailstorfer, T 72
Installation view, Arter, Istiklal Street
Photo: Murat Germen
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