Istanbul - Elmgreen & Dragset, the Scandinavian artist duo and curators of the 15th Istanbul Biennial, have always insisted that they would put on an easy-to-navigate exhibition, in contrast to mega-festivals such as Venice and documenta.
The biennial, titled a good neighbour, takes place in only six venues, including museums such as Istanbul Modern and the Pera Museum, as well as the Galata Greek Primary School. Out of these six, five are dotted around the central Beyoğlu district, while one is located across the Golden Horn in the Fatih residential neighbourhood. The biennial runs until 12 November and is a great opportunity to experience Istanbul’s many museums and historic sites, alongside this cutting-edge contemporary event.
The pair have brought together 56 artists – a relatively small amount by biennial standards – who deal with ideas of home and neighbourhoods. “The biennial itself is formed and shaped like a neighbourhood; it’s about the idea of coexistence,” says Michael Elmgreen. “So it is important that the venues are within walking distance.”