Sarkis, Bourdelle, 2007.



Istanbul Museum of Modern Art
Asmalımescit Mahallesi Meşrutiyet Caddesi, No:99
July 16, 2013–January 10, 2010

Curated by Levent Calikoglu

Born in Istanbul to Armenian parents in 1938, Sarkis Zabunyan relocated to Paris at the age of twenty-six, dropped his surname, and was soon included in Harald Szeemann’s seminal 1969 exhibition, “When Attitudes Become Form.” This fall, the Istanbul Modern will give its entire building, including the cinema and the library, to the expatriate Conceptualist’s first Turkish retrospective. Spanning nearly half a century of painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography, audio, and video, this show of twenty-five works will feature a new site-specific neon installation and several pieces never before seen outside Sarkis’s studio. Tracking his prolific production by highlighting a key work from each year since 1966, the catalogue will also present an essay by the curator and an interview with the artist.