In the last few days, the world is watching Turkey erupt in protest after Turkish authorities responded with shocking violence to peaceful protesters trying to save a small park in central Istanbul. A solidarity protest took place on the opening day of the Venice Biennale, and another arose at New York’s Zuccotti Park.
The Turkish government has admitted that some 202 artworks are missing from the State Art and Sculpture Museum in Ankara. The Culture and Tourism Ministry waited until last week to release details of a report conducted in 2010, which found that of the 202 missing pieces, 46 objects had been replaced with false replicas, while another 27 works were “highly suspicious.”
There are claims of censorship in Istanbul as eight artists and an artist collective have made a joint decision to withdraw from the Istanbul Modern museum’s Reality and Dream exhibition. The debate has since snowballed into a discussion about the role of contemporary art in Turkey and the problems associated with corporate sponsorship.
Hand turkey. You know you’ve made one. And if you haven’t, well, perhaps it’s time you did.
The magnitude 7.2 earthquake that shook Turkey on Sunday and killed 535 while leaving 50,000 homeless has also damaged important historic monuments in eastern Turkey’s Van region.