Circulating art: the politics of transnational exhibition exchanges in the museums of contemporary Istanbul
Haferlach, Lisa Marie (2012) Circulating art: the politics of transnational exhibition exchanges in the museums of contemporary Istanbul. [Thesis]
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This thesis focuses on the circulation of transnational art exhibitions through the metropolis of Istanbul. My main emphasis is on the proliferation of new museum spaces which attract 'blockbuster' exhibitions from abroad, and their emergent role as cultural flagships in an era of neoliberal urban transformation. Based on interviews with prominent museum directors and curators in the Istanbul art scene, I discuss how sponsorship of such transnational exhibitions has become increasingly important in the competition among large corporations, lending them visibility in the cultural economy of the city. By focusing on specific blockbuster exhibitions, I try to highlight how they are facilitated through coalitions between governmental and non-governmental interests which span across national boundaries. Throughout, I try to link my observations on the shifting parameters of the art scene in Istanbul, to the broader dynamics of neoliberal urban transformations in Turkey and elsewhere around the world. My overall argument is that ongoing changes in Istanbul's art markets cannot be understood through conventional binary oppositions such as global/local, or national/international. Rather, they are driven by networks of institutional interests, economies, agents and practices which need to be conceptualised as 'transnational'.
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