Room 806

"When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes". Erasmus (1467-1536)

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Concentric Concentration (my title)

Ekrem Yalçındağ has studied art and painting both at Staedelschule in Frankfurt with Hermann Nitsch and at Izmir Dokuz Eylul University by Adem Genç. Yalçındağ is an abstract painter with a distinctive expressionist visual style. With his characteristic use of thin brushes he creates absorbing textures on the surface of the canvas that involve colorful elements borrowed from Byzantine and Ottoman decorative arts. His latest solo show, “Impressions from the Streets” had been shown in Kunsthalle Bremerhaven in September 2012.

Saw this in London yesterday. Fortunately it wasn’t for sale: we’d never have got it home on the train!
Kadiköy coffee.
Contemporary Turkish pottery from Moda, Istanbul.
If only we had tomatoes like these in the UK…
Who’d be a cat?
On guard at the Archaeological Museum in Istanbul.
The Turkish word for these beauties is, ‘delicious!’.

Cafe Euro: Georgia on Their Menu

For a while I have been skeptical about ethnic food in Istanbul: local tastes usually turned any restaurant serving foreign cuisine into something that was only a slight modification of traditional Turkish food. Yet recently I discovered a Georgian eatery producing authentic flavors without worrying too much about local tastes…

Follow the link above for the rest of this review from Istanbul Eats.

Pera Museum, Istanbul

Pera Project, which is planned by the Suna-Inan Kıraç Foundation, is composed of a museum, a research institute and a cultural center. The first phase was opened in June 2005.

Istanbul Jazz Festival Hits the Streets

In this year’s Istanbul Jazz Festival, which runs from July 1 to 19, world-class performers hit the stage at interesting new venues throughout city. Now in its 18th year, the festival, organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, is a major date for European jazz fans, but it is also an opportunity to explore Istanbul through the unusual selection of performance locations.