Newsletter No 12



It wouldn’t be too wrong to call August the “festival month”: everywhere around the world, from Geneva, to Gstaad, to Edinburgh, to Bodrum, to Kyoto.. there are plenty of festivals with something for everyone. You will find information on some of these events in the next sections.

As for September, in anticipation of our visit to Christie’s in Geneva, we would like to give you a small introduction to this celebrate auction house. Founded in London in 1766 by James Christie, Christie’s is today the biggest auction house in the world, conducting business in 46 countries and has 10 salerooms. In 2014 it made a record sale of $8.4bn.

Christie’s Geneva office is located in the Old Town (Vieille Ville), in a 16th century building once used as a dormitory for monks of St. Peter’s Cathedral. The firm’s first ever auction in Geneva took place in June, 1968. Nowadays the auctions are organized twice a year, in May and in November and the focus, in line with Geneva's cultural heritage, is on jewellery and watches.

We hope to see many of you at our Christie’s event! In the meantime enjoy the festival month of August!


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Association Events

Visit to Christie’s Auction House –September 12
Geneva, Christie’s

During this visit we will have the opportunity to discover time pieces. Featuring the world’s leading names in watchmaking such as Patek Philippe, Rolex, Breguet and Vacheron Constantin, Christie’s watch auctions attract a wide audience of collectors and record-breaking prices for the finest vintage and modern timepieces.

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Save the Date for our Annual Ball on the occasion of the 94th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic of Turkey on November 4 at Beau Rivage Palace, Lausanne!

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Geneva, Gstaad and Bodrum

Fetes de Genève is nearing its end. For last minute events see . Gstaad Menuhin Festival is full of music until September, for program . Bodrum music festival is until August 16,


« Enjeux socio-politiques dans la region MENA » September 26, 4pm

« MENA inside out : Political, Economic and Social Transformations, September 26, 6:30pm

Auditorium Ivan Pictet, Maison de la Paix, Geneva

The conference is held in two sessions, first in French and then in English. What does the future hold for the MENA region? How can we understand different development trajectories? Are western notions of modernization and democratization misplaced? Join International Development Policy for the launch event of its two most recent thematic issues: Combining Economic and Political Development – The Experience of MENA (Issue 7) and Development as a Battlefield (Issue 8). The guest editors will share provocative and sometimes contrasting views on development in the region.

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Exhibition: "Visage de l'Orient" (Faces of Orient), Until October 29

Crans Montana

This exhibition highlights an impressive series of popular images from Islamic countries. Selected from the extraordinary collection brought together by ethnologists Pierre and Micheline Centlivres-Demont, these inexpensive pictures, sold in the souks of the Middle East and neighbouring countries – from Morocco to Muslim India – show the East not exactly as it is but as it would like to be seen.Lasting for four months, the exhibition will be accompanied by occasional events in the hall on the ground floor, including debates about Islam, photo reportages, events involving contemporary artists, concerts, shows, and screenings, all of which will be linked to the theme of the exhibition. 

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Lausanne Bizim Lozan on Sale

The much praised book recently published by our Association is now available for purchase on abebooks.  We believe it will be a much appreciated gift by your friends and family!



Mimarşiv exhibition took place in Istanbul in May

Mimarşiv is the one and only platform in Turkey that brings together business people and companies from construction, architecture, design and art industries to provide valuable networking opportunities and to encourage business cooperation in these fields. Swiss exhibitors such as V-Zug and Swisspearl were also present at this two-day event.


The Swiss footballer at Antalyaspor

Johan Djouru, 30-year-old defender of Swiss team, has just signed with Antalyaspor for 2 years. The first match he’ll play will be against Besiktas.


Syrian War also Affects Animals

Turkey, the largest refugee host in the world, is also helping the animals. Three lions, two tigers, a pair of hyenas and a pair of bears were brought to Turkey from Aleppo zoo for treatment. They’re suffering from malnutrition and kidney disease.


ARTS UPDATE sponsored by Cornucopia Magazine


Erotic Nature: José Sancho
Sculpture exhibition
Doublethink: Double Vision
Exhibition referencing George Orwell curated by Alistair Hicks
Both until August 6
The Pera Museum, Beyoğlu

Exhibition: Selim Turan and the Paris based artists
Sakıp Sabancı Museum, Emirgan
May 30–August 13

Ways of Seeing
Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, founders of Art Reorient
ARTER, Beyoğlu
June 2–August 13

Rooms & Walls
Multiple medium group exhibition
Anna Laudel Contemporary, Beyoğlu
July 7–August 27

Mouth to Mouth: Slavs and Tatars
Berlin-based art collective
SALT Galata, Karaköy
July 22–August 27

Ola Kolehmainen: Sinan Project
Photographing Sinan's use of light
Borusan Contemporary, Sarıyer
March 4–September 3

Silver & Salt
Early Photographs from the Ömer M Koç Collection 1843–1860
Sadberk Hanım Museum, Sariyer
Until October 10

The Curious Case of Çatalhöyük
Multimedia exhibition celebrating the 25th excavation season
ANAMED Research Centre for Anatolian Civilizations, Beyoğlu
June 21–October 25


Sinopale: 6th Sinop Biennial
Various venues in Sinop
August 16–September 17

14th International Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival
Various locations in Gümüşlük, Bodrum
July 26–September 4

The Thorn On My Foot
Hüsamettin Koçan explores memories of absence
Baksı Museum, Bayburt
July 12–November 1


Fahrelnissa Zeid Retrospective
Tate Modern, Millbank, London
Until October 8

Imperial Threads: Motifs and artisans from Turkey, Iran and India
Museum of Islamic Art, Doha
Until January 27, 2018

Turkish Tulips
Exhibition and museum tour
The Bowes Museum, Teesdale, UK
Until November 5

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