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Banu Cennetoğlu

Bonner Kunstverein hosts an exhibition of new work by the Istanbul-based artist Banu Cennetoğlu. The exhibition launches the programme developed by the Kunstverein’s new Director, Michelle Cotton. It is Cennetoğlu’s first solo exhibition in Germany and the largest presentation of her work since her exhibition at Kunsthalle Basel (2011), commissioned by Adam Szymczyk, the Artistic Director of Documenta 14. SAHA provided support for the production of new works by Banu Cennetoğlu for the exhibition held between 14 November 2015–17 January 2016.

The exhibition includes a major new work entitled, ‘11.08.15’ which represents every national, regional and local newspaper published in Germany on 11th August 2015. Over 1,000 Newspapers have been collected, indexed and bound in order to make what Cennetoğlu has described as ‘both a unique reference library and an art object in which a day’s news is the material and the subject’. The installation can be seen as a portrait of a society through a day’s news. It also celebrates the format of the printed newspaper and a tradition that in Germany dates from the 17th century and is now threatened by a consumer preference for digital formats.

Other new works reflect Cennetoğlu’s interest in writing and language and involve her working across the institution to develop her exhibition. These include a philosophical statement spelt out with helium balloons, an intervention within the building’s external lighting and a piece that engages with the Kunstverein’s Artothek – a lending collection offering over 2,000 artworks to local members.

About Banu Cennetoğlu

Banu Cennetoğlu (1970, Ankara) studied in Istanbul, Paris and New York before she was awarded a place at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam in 2002. Her work has been presented at the 3rd and 5th Berlin Biennales (2004 and 2008), 10th Istanbul Biennial and 1st Athens Biennale (both 2007), Manifesto 8 in Murcia (2010), 10th Gwangju Biennale (2014) and was one of two artists who represented Turkey at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009). She is one of six artists invited for the 2016 DAAD Künstlerprogramm in Berlin. She lives and works in Istanbul where, for the past nine years, she has also run BAS, a non-profit project space in the city centre dedicated to collecting, archiving, exhibiting and publishing limited edition artists’ books.

About Bonner Kunstverein

Established in 1963, the Bonner Kunstverein has a long-standing reputation for its international programme of exhibitions by contemporary living artists. The not-for-profit members’ association was founded as a ‘space for the development of art’ by a small group of artists and citizens of Bonn. For the first 23 years of its operations the Kunstverein was hosted at various locations, often organising exhibitions within the city’s museums, in 1987 it opened within its current building. The Kunstverein has a substantial history of producing significant solo exhibitions by artists including Bas Jan Ader, Ed Atkins, Christian Boltanski, Marlene Dumas, Ryan Gander, Charline von Heyl, Dieter Roth and Thomas Ruff in addition to realising ambitious, themeatic exhibitions.