Istanbul Modern invites architect Murat Tabanlıoğlu, curator of the Pavilion of Turkey which will take part for the first time this year in the 14thInternational Architecture Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia.
On the initiation of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and with the gracious contribution of 21 supporters, Turkey obtains a long-term venue in the Venice Biennale, one of world's leading contemporary art and architecture events. The allotment of 20 years (from 2014 to 2034) at Arsenale, one of the two main venues of the event, will allow the Pavilion of Turkey to take part for the first time this year in the International Architecture Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, founded in 1980.
On this occasion, Levent Çalıkoğlu, the director of Istanbul Modern, holds a conversation with Murat Tabanlıoğlu, curator of the Pavilion of Turkey, on the project Places of Memory, which attempts to explore the main theme of the biennial via perceptions and experiences. The conversation focuses on the interaction between architectural and curatorial practices.
An alumnus of the Vienna Technical University Architecture Department, Murat Tabanlıoğlu had already gained valuable experience through his works with distinguished architects in Vienna when he returned to Turkey in 1990 to found the Tabanlıoğlu Architecture with his father Dr. Hayati Tabanlıoğlu. He designed the Doğan Media Center, a home also to the Milliyet Newspaper. Mr. Tabanlıoğlu teaches architectural studio at various universities, including Bilgi University, and gives lectures both home and abroad. As a jury member, in addition to his international contributions, such as at AIA and WAF, Mr. Tabanlıoğlu served on the Master Jury for the 2013 Cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.