In a win for thoughtful criticism, Ari Akkermans discussed Bilge’s work in: Art that Resists Being Pigeonholed by Nationality, a review of the group exhibition “Border of Time” at the Neues Museum Nürnberg in collaboration with the Vehbi Koc Foundation.Read More
Very pleased to announce an upcoming exhibit featuring; Bilge Friedlaender - Füsun Onur - Ahmet Doğu İpek. The Border of Time/ Saum der Zeit / Zamanın Kıyısı at the Staatliches Museum für Kunst und Design Nürnberg March 23.2018 - June 10.2018
Group exhibition "Pictures of Nothing" opens the season at @pgartgallery. Curated by Arie Amaya-Akkermans; a survey of some ideas in contemporary abstraction. The artists in the exhibition: Vitaly Barabanov (@vitalybarabanov), Chris Barnard (@professorpaintpaint), Sandra Çavdar (@sandracavdar), Kevin Finklea (@kevin.finklea), Bilge Friedlaender (@bilgefriedlaender), Petr Kirusha, Damir Muratov, Devran Mursaloğlu (@devranmursaloglu), Ivan Novikov (@ivan___novikov), Katherina Olschbaur (@kat_olshbaur), Alexandra Paperno (@alexandrapaperno), Sergey Rozhin (@100rc), Amba Sayal-Bennett (@ambasayalbennett), Hala Schoukair, Eda Soylu (@soylueda). Exhibition opening, September 9. #art #painting #Istanbul #abstraction #abstract #Turkey
A group of 10 drawings by Bilge from 1998 are currently on view.
"Galeri Nev İstanbul is excited to present “Family Dinner: A Group Exhibition” as the last show of the season. On view between May 20th and June 30th, 2017, the show brings together works by Murat Morova, Bilge Firedlaender, Nermin Er, Nejad Devrim, Melek Mazıcı,Gökçen Dilek Acay, Tayfun Erdoğmuş, Mike Berg and Ahmet Doğu İpek."
Another chance to see the artist's book Homage to Sinan in an expanded view - part of the group exhibition at Galerist
"The works in the exhibition which takes its name from David Lynch’s lithography titled 'Dark Deep Darkness', meet one another on the intersecting planes of cosmos, earth and melancholia. The exhibition puts together works by Murat Akagündüz, Arif Aşçı, Vahap Avşar, Kerem Ozan Bayraktar, Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Nejad Devrim, Alev Ebüzziya, Nermin Er, Bilge Friedlaender, Sibel Horada, Ahmet Doğu İpek, David Lynch, Jason Martin, Füsun Onur, Mübin Orhon, Alp Sime, Ali Emir Tapan, Masao Yamamoto and Fahrelnissa Zeid."
Arter hosts Bilge Friedlaender’s solo exhibition entitled “Words, Numbers, Lines” between 14 October 2016 and 15 January 2017. The exhibition, curated by Mira Friedlaender and Işın Önol, brings together works of the artist which have never been shown in Turkey nor exhibited elsewhere since the 1980s. “Words, Numbers, Lines” also marks the artist’s first solo exhibition since she passed away in 2000.
Oct. 14, 2016 – Jan . 15, 2017
Bilge Friedlaender's exhibition at Arter will feature a body of work from the artist's fecund years of production between 1975 and 1985. Most of the works in the exhibition remained unseen since the 70s. As the first solo presentation of Friedlaender's work since her passing in 2000, this exhibition will present examples of her rigorous and analytical works. Finding "time, repetition, and the numerical mystery structure of things" as the focal point to explore, Friedlaender used paper, string, and natural materials to engage the line and square as expressions of the basis of human-ness.
Curators: Mira Friedlaender and Işın Önol
Original Press Release:
Bilge Friedlaender's exhibition of sculpture, opening April 2nd and running through April 24th at Jessica Berwind Gallery, will include an installation of linen handmade paper and marble sculpture, a livre d'artiste and monoprints based on her interpretation of The Gilgamesh Epic. These works were included in the 2nd International Arts Biennial in Istanbul, Turkey.
The Gilgamesh Epic (4,000 B.C.) is the oldest epic known to us. The discovery of cuneiform clay tablets in the mid-nineteenth century in present day Turkey and Iraq led to the deciphering of the epic. Predating the Homeric epic by a thousand and a half years Gilgamesh, the renowned King of Uruk, is the first human hero in search of immortality and power. His outward struggle for immortality begins with the cutting of the sacred cedar forest, killing its sacred guard, enraging Ishtar/Inanna, the Goddess of heaven and earth and procreation, and finally killing her sacred bull of heaven. Displeased with Gilgamesh's trespasses, the Gods punish him with the death of his beloved friend Enkidu. This sacrifice brings about a search which ends with Gilgamesh's realization that only human creativity and deeds outlive death.
Bilge Friedlaender, who has a longstanding concern for the safety and preservation of the environment, sees in this epic a metaphor for modern man's destruction of the elements of nature and the need for awakening the human consciousness to our interdependency with nature. Bilge also sees in Inanna/Ishtar's struggle with Gilgamesh and her journey to the underworld and back a parallel to the awakening feminine consciousness of our time.
With these dual interests she has created sculpture as tools for healing and as offerings to engage in a dialogue of transformation. She has used the circle and the spiral as ancient sacred forms of continuity and healing. Her artist's book on Gilgamesh includes ten original chine-colle etchings, in an edition of 50, printed by Cindy Royce Ettinger in Philadelphia. This book is currently beginning a four year tour of Eastern and Western Europe in an exhibition of collaborative works, "Crossing Over/Changing Places," curated by Jane Farmer. Her monoprints were executed at Pyramid/ Atlantic, a handmade paper and artists' book workshop in Washington, D.C .. Bilge Friedlaender was invited to participate in two international Biennials of handmade paper sculpture in Germany and Hungary in 1992.