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ifa-Galerie Berlin

ifa-Galerie Berlin

Public Institution
Solo for... Gülsün Karamustafa - Etiquette
  Solo for … Gülsün Karamustafa “Etiquette”

This exhibition by the Turkish artist opens the new series “Solo for …”, which will once a year present artists who have showcased at the ifa galleries at the beginning of their international careers. The series thus highlights the continuous promotion of artists by the ifa gallery Berlin since 1991.

Gülsün Karamustafa’s works have been presented as early as 1994 in the exhibition “Iskele” and in 1999 in “stills, cuts & fragments” at the ifa galleries in Berlin and Stuttgart. Today she ranks among the most important voices of the Turkish art scene – she examines stereotypes of femininity, at the same time always reflecting on Turkey’s cultural heritage.

Gülsün Karamustafa will create an expansive installation entitled “Etiquette”. She draws on the image of a social event around a dining table in the early 20th century, combining it with visual and textual instructions taken from a book on etiquette, which was published in Turkey in 1923. This salon with its historical appearance establishes social conditioning and rehearses gender-specific roles. In “Etiquette”, Gülsün Karamustafa (born in Ankara in 1946, lives in Istanbul) subtly examines one of her central issues: she reflects upon the – not only female – formation of identity in a society that selectively adopts, rejects or modifies Western lifestyles. She questions cultural transfers, differences und Orientalisms that are still potent.

The catalogue will be published by Verlag für moderne Kunst,

A review copy will be sent to you on request.

Further information on the exhibition, as well as images for print are available online.

Press preview: Thursday, 5 May 2011, 11:00

Opening: Thursday, 5 May 2011, 19:00

Welcome: Elke aus dem Moore, Head of the Art Department, Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations. Max Maldacker, Vortragender Legationsrat, Head of the Department for Interregional Cultural Projects, the Arts, Reparation of Cultural Property, Federal Foreign Office

On the exhibition: Barbara Barsch, Head of the ifa Gallery Berlin

Duration: 5 May – 26 June 2011

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 14:00–19:00

Educational programme

Saturday, 14 May 2011, 17:00
The Taming of the Orient
Performative guided tour by artist Leyla Ibaoglu
Sunday, 15 May 2011, 11:00–13:00

Children’s Art Programme
dished out: an artistic round table with 1001 motifs
Guest: Leyla Ibaoglu
For children from the age of 6, admission free, registration requested
Free guided tours for school classes and groups by appointment
For registration call +49.30.28449140

Events | Artist’s talks
Friday, 6 May 2011, 17:00
Guided tour and talk with Barbara Barsch and Gülsün Karamustafa
In English

Thursday, 16 June 2011, 19:00
Latin-American art at the Venice Biennial
Lecture by Pat Binder and Gerhard Haupt
Venue: Ibero-American Institute, Simón-Bolívar-Saal, Potsdamer Strasse 37, 10785 Berlin
In the framework of the series “Art in Movement – Transatlantic Connections” in collaboration with the Ibero-American Institute

Information on the exhibition and guided tours for groups
Dr. Barbara Barsch, phone +49.30.2844911, fax +49.30.28449142, email:

Information on the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa):
Jonas Moosmüller, phone: +49.711.2225105, fax +49.711.2225131, email:,
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