Organized by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), 14th Istanbul Biennial is offered to public visit free of charges until 1 November. Event titled “Salt Water: A Theory on Thought Forms” presents over 1500 art works by more than 80 artists from Africa, Europe, Middle East, Latin America and North America, and can be seen in a variety of venues throughout the city.
This huge art organization in 36 venues on both European and Asian sides, spreads across structures on land and water such as boats, hotels, old bank buildings, car parks, gardens, schools, shops and private dwellings in addition to museums. Another temporary venue is located on Greek island of Meis (Kastellorizo), two kilometers from Kaş district of Antalya. Meis will host a special programme with attendance of biennial artists.
Works from history of oceanography, environment research, underwater archeology, Art Nouveau, neuroscience, physics, mathematics and theosophy are featured in the biennial where salt crystals gathered from Robert Smithson’s “Spiral Jetty” on Great Salt Lake are exhibited.
Free film screenings will be organized in Istanbul Modern Cinema throughout the biennial. Programme designed around four themes, “Ecological Construct”, “Under the Seas”, “Survive!” and “Those on the Shore”, feature full length films, documentaries since the silent period, box-office films, and classic films from European and American cinema.
Children Education Programs will also be held as part of the event, with the aim of improving children and youth’s exhibition culture, kindling their interest towards modern art, and introducing them with some basic art concepts. In this context, children and youth will get the chance to transfer the knowledge they acquired in various biennial venues into practice with activities to be organized. Education programme targeting children and youth between ages 8 and 18, will be free of charges and continue throughout the biennial.