Aug 01 – Oct 31

The Moving Museum is launching its third and most ambitious iteration in Istanbul this year; establishing a three month international residency programme. From August to October, The Moving Museum will host 36 international artists, marking the largest coordinated influx of international resident artists in Istanbul’s recent memory. The project includes 12 artists from Turkey that serve as the foundation to the period of intensive dialogue, featuring public programme of events, talks, workshops lectures, and performances. The residency will culminate in a major exhibition launching at the end of October as a means of articulating their experiences and practices within this new context.

Oct 13 – Dec 15

In October 2013, The Moving Museum is coming to London to present Open Heart Surgery, an exploration of contemporary art from London.  The exhibition brings together some of London’s most urgent artistic voices, contextualizing their approaches and identifying a new direction of art in a climate of rapid change. Working from an epicenter of creative, financial, technological and migrational activity, the artists methodically draw from, dissect, re-imagine, and ultimately rise above historical movements, geographies and references, displaying an extraordinary ability to absorb and reinterpret a world that is fractious and in flux.


​In May 2013, Michael Rakowitz opened Dar Al Sulh in Dubai; the first restaurant in the Arab world to serve the cuisine of Iraqi-Jews since the 1940s as part of The Moving Museum Dubai. The accompanying publication served as a programme for the project, providing historical context to the dishes that were served, as well as the recipes themselves. 



Haig Aivazian will pose some questions on the artists’ responsibility, the tensions and affinities between artistic methods and activist work. He has spent a month in Istanbul researching on the figure of Armenian musician Oudi Hrant, conversing with journalists, musicians, music historians and instruments craftsmen. He will elaborate on his experience in the city and talk further into his past three projects. Haig will also delve into his engagement with Gulf Labor Coalition, a coalition highlighting funding and labor questions in the construction of the new cultural institutions around Gulf.

David Douard is the first artist to inhabit the Caferiye Han in the old city where he has started to work in the studio. David has initiated a conversation with the city by preparing a site-specific installation founded on parts of his crucial artistic vocabulary. For the exhibition, Douard constructs an environment of particular self expression moments, ambivalent articulations of speech and poetry that challenges the historical hierarchical binary of black and white, with a special music event to follow including collaborator and composer BUNTLAX.



The Moving Museum runs a travelling programme of contemporary art exhibitions in different cities across the world.
Established in 2012, The Moving Museum is a new organizational model to support contemporary art practice.
A global art project that seeks to re-define the relationship between local art scenes and global practitioners.
We present a selection of the most urgent voices in contemporary art to diverse and ever changing communities.


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