BASE Opens Its Doors on September 29

base opens its doors in september
base opens its doors in september

BASE brings the works of newly graduated young artist candidates from all over Turkey together with art lovers under the same roof in Istanbul. BASE, which will be held for the fifth time this year, will be hosted by Tophane-i Amire between 29 September and 3 October 2021. The exhibition will feature 32 works by 100 newly graduated artist candidates from 114 universities.

For the fifth time, BASE will bring together the works of newly graduated artist candidates from the painting, sculpture, photography, video, print, graphic design, glass and ceramics, traditional Turkish arts departments of universities in Turkey. At BASE, whose theme this year is determined as “Resonance”, it will be possible to meet artist candidates at the beginning of their art career and see their original works in different disciplines together.

BASE, which will start on September 29 and continue until October 3, received nearly 42 applications from 75 universities in 1200 different cities of Turkey. The 2021 edition will feature the works of 100 newly graduated artists, with the evaluation of the selection committee. Aiming to support young people in their transition from graduation to professional art life and to give momentum and direction to their careers; Shedding light on Turkey's new generation of artists, BASE also has the mission of helping galleries, collectors, art lovers and creative industries discover young talents.

The 2021 applications of BASE, which has a polyphonic selection committee that includes valuable names from the art world every year; Aslı Sümer, Burak Delier, Çağrı Saray, Defne Casaretto, Derya Yücel, Gülçin Aksoy, Memed Erdener, Melek Gençer, Necla Rüzgâr, Nermin Kura, Nilüfer Şamazer, Oğuz Erten, Orhan Cem Çetin, Sarp Evliyagil, Seçkin Pirim and Serhat Kiraz evaluated.

BASE's curator Derya Yücel describes this year's theme of Turkey's joint graduation exhibition BASE, “Resonance” as follows. “For five years, BASE's 2021 selection, which has created a common vibration and holistic energy field that enables creative transmissions to come to life, centers on the concept of “resonance” as a metaphor. Because BASE shares, reproduces and transfers to the future a resonance field that contains different productions, attitudes, thoughts and orientations, just like many frequencies and complex vibrations. Capturing the same vibrational rhythm in politically, artistically and culturally changing resonances and ensuring the continuity of that rhythm… Maybe this can lead us to a healing that can be born with the shared energy that “Resonance” will create.”

With the support of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism; Co-sponsored by Grundig, Kale Design and Art Center (KTSM) and TEB Private Banking; BASE, which will be organized by the partnership of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and hosted by Tophane-i Amire Culture and Art Center, will host its visitors in the light of all hygiene and safety measures this year, as it was last year. BASE can be visited simultaneously on-line at

BASE's artistic supporters

Grundig, one of BASE's co-sponsors, will meet with art lovers within the scope of BASE with the 'Grundig X BASE Future' exhibition, which consists of works by BASE artists that draw attention to a sustainable future. The exhibition brings together the works of 11 young artists in different disciplines such as installation, video, photography, painting and sculpture. BASE visitors will also have the chance to breathe life into technological wastes at the “waste recycling workshop” organized by Grundig in collaboration with BASE artists.

Kale Group, which has supported BASE since its first year, continues this support with Kale Design and Art Center in its fifth edition. KTSM, located in Karaköy, opened its doors to Base artists in terms of production with the Open Workshop program, which was held for the first time this year with the cooperation of KTSM & BASE. The ceramic works of Sadık Ramazan Yılmaz, Esra Gezer and Işıl Çelik, three artists selected by an open call for the Open Workshop program, which was implemented with the theme of “Take Care of the World” and where sustainability is at the forefront, will be exhibited within the scope of BASE.

Sponsored by İlbak Holding's communication platform, Siesta's furniture, Doğuş Group's social responsibility platforms in the field of culture and arts, Sanata Bi Yer and 'One Step Var', BASE is free to visit between 29 September and 3 October. will be open. As a limited number of visitors will be accepted during the exhibition period, in order to provide art lovers with the opportunity to visit the exhibition in safe conditions within the scope of the coronavirus measures of the Ministry of Health. It is obligatory to register in advance by examining the visiting days and hours on the website.

Within the scope of BASE 2021, guests have the chance to experience a different project. Within the scope of the project named 'Siesta/BASE Art Project', prepared in cooperation with Siesta and BASE and realized for 4 years, the artists participating in BASE transform their Siesta chairs into works of art and leave their place in BASE to the artists of the following years.

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