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Ayse Erkmen

Turkish, b. 1949

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Ayse Erkmen

Turkish, b. 1949

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Revealing a fascination with Minimalism’s reduced formal language, Ayse Erkmen’s extremely diverse practice involves architectural and environmental interventions, sculpture, installation, photography, and animation. “This is something that I’ve chosen to do, and every problem and every space becomes a new beginning for me,” she says. “I don’t have to be connected to a style or a form of art or anything.” Site-specific and spontaneous, her works focus on the relationship between the architectural and the socio-cultural—themes such as migrancy, renewal processes, transportation systems, and the configuration of public spaces. In her most famous work, Shipped Ships (2001), three ferries were brought to Frankfurt by container ships from Japan, Italy, and Turkey along with their complete respective crews. These were used as passenger ferries across the Main River for a period of one month.

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Represented by industry leading galleries.
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Solo show at a major institution
K21 Standehaus, and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
ICA London, and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 8 more
Biography

Revealing a fascination with Minimalism’s reduced formal language, Ayse Erkmen’s extremely diverse practice involves architectural and environmental interventions, sculpture, installation, photography, and animation. “This is something that I’ve chosen to do, and every problem and every space becomes a new beginning for me,” she says. “I don’t have to be connected to a style or a form of art or anything.” Site-specific and spontaneous, her works focus on the relationship between the architectural and the socio-cultural—themes such as migrancy, renewal processes, transportation systems, and the configuration of public spaces. In her most famous work, Shipped Ships (2001), three ferries were brought to Frankfurt by container ships from Japan, Italy, and Turkey along with their complete respective crews. These were used as passenger ferries across the Main River for a period of one month.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
K21 Standehaus, and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
ICA London, and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 8 more
Articles Featuring Ayse Erkmen
10 Contemporary Turkish Artists You Should Know
Oct 30th, 2013
10 Contemporary Turkish Artists You Should Know
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