With a Cleaning Cloth (Detail) With a Cleaning Cloth (Detail), 2012 - 2013

Acrylic paint, lace, tulle, string and cleaning cloth on 144 canvases
81 x 60 cm (each)

About Artist

Born in 1945, Cengiz Çekil grew up in Bor, in Central Turkey. He received his BFA from Gazi Institute of Education in Ankara, and went on to study at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. There he held his first solo exhibition “Réorganisation pour une Exposition”, in the basement of a café in 1975. He returned to Turkey in 1976 and received an MFA in Sculpture from Ege University in İzmir. His first solo exhibition at Rampa was held between May-July 2010. Curated by Vasıf Kortun, the project comprised works produced between 1974 and 2010. Çekil participated in noteworthy exhibitions such as “NEWTOPIA: The State of Human Rights”, Mechelen, Belgium (2012); I m Still Alive: Politics and Everyday Life in Contemporary Drawing” MoMA, NY, USA (2011); “What Keeps Mankind Alive?”, 11th International İstanbul Biennial, İstanbul, Turkey (2009); “…With All Due Intent”, Manifesta 5, San Sebastian, Spain (2004); “Orient-ation”, 4th International İstanbul Biennial, İstanbul, Turkey (1995); State Museum of Painting and Sculpture, Ankara, Turkey (1967).

Çekil lives and works in İstanbul.

Curriculum Vitae
Pdf ~ 110 KB

Artist Booklet
Pdf ~ 1 MB

Solo Exhibitions
What Time Is It?, Yapı Kredi Kazım Taşkent Art Gallery, Istanbul / Turkey
1200 Watches, Gallery X, Istanbul / Turkey
Waxings, İletişim Art Gallery, Izmir / Turkey
Passing Beyond Borders, İzfaş Art Gallery, Izmir / Turkey
Things, Izmir Mazhar Zorlu Art Gallery, Izmir / Turkey
Group Exhibitions
Artevida (Politica), Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro / Brasil
Signs Taken in Wonder: Searching for Contemporary Istanbul, MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, Vienna / Austria
NEWTOPIA: The State of Human Rights, Mechelen / Belgium
Istanbul Eindhoven-SALTVanAbbe: 68-89, SALT, Istanbul / Turkey
I Am Still Alive: Politics and Everyday Life in Contemporary Drawing, MoMA, NY / USA
The School, The Work, The Family, Gallery Nova, Zagreb / Croatia
September, 2013
May, 2013
Press & News
October, 2014
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Rio de Janerio Museum of Modern Art
September, 2014
Cengiz Çekil and Gülsün Karamustafa participates at the Artevida Politica curated by Adriano Pedrosa and Rodrigo Moura at Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janerio, Brasil
istanbul art news
September, 2014
Özlem Altunok interviews Cengiz Çekil for Istanbul Art News (Pdf ~ 280 KB)
istanbul art news
June, 2014
Mustafa Doğulu on “this secret world that exists right there in public” in Istanbul Art News (in Turkish) (Pdf ~ 96 KB)
September, 2013
January, 2013
January, 2013
Elena Sorokina on Cengiz Çekil, from the publication accompanying the exhibition Newtopia: The State of Human Rights, 10 November–10 December 2012, in Mechelen, Belgium, at various sites. (TR) (Pdf ~ 47 KB)
September, 2012
Cengiz Çekil participates at Newtopia
April, 2011
November, 2010
Review on Cengiz Çekil exhibition at Rampa, ArtAsiaPacific (Pdf ~ 563 KB)
October, 2010
September, 2010
Ann Landi, “The Best Underrated Artists”, ARTNews (Pdf ~ 127 KB)
September, 2010
Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, “Cengiz Çekil”, Artforum (Pdf ~ 307 KB)
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