Galeri MCRD participates in Contemporary Istanbul 2020 with a presentation of sculptures by Yücel Kale, paintings by Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay and a film poster on canvas by her son, the young filmmaker Alp Cagatay. The gallery’s presentation features a number of new works, on view for the first time at CI'20, with a strong emphasis on surrealism. Created especially for the fair, new work by YC Cagatay  continues her spirited enquiry into the potential of surrealist vistas, pivoting between spontaneity , improvisation and reflection.Shaped from semi-precious gems such agate, along with carved wood and glass, Kale’s sculptures present us with symbolic figures from the past, from myth, or from fiction. 

Contemporary Istanbul



Istanbul Lütfi Kırdar International

Exhibition and Convention Center 

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May 4-5 , 2021

Public Days

May 6-9, 2021

About the Artists

Gallery co-founder Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay reflects on  the themes and motifs of Yücel Kale's and her own work, and the context in which they were made:




Yücel Kale is an Istanbul based established artist,  who began his artistic career two decades ago studying sculpture at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts  University, Istanbul (1993-2000).  In 1997 Kale had his first large-scale solo presentation with C.A.M Art Gallery. His work has been exhibited  solo or as part of group exhibitions internationally at fairs -Art New York 2017 , Aqua Art Miami 2017, SOFA Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design, New York (2008), ST-ART Strasbourg Contemporary Art Fair, France (2009), Frankfurt Book Fair, Germany (2008), Asia Pacific Leather Fair Hong Kong (2014), Contemporary Istanbul (2006,2012, 2013)-; at museums, -Museum Der Arbeit in Hamburg, Germany (2009) and Santa Maria della Scala Museum, Siena, Italy (2008); at Portside Gallery in Yokohama, and at Youkobo, Japan (2004). The artist had also many solo exhibitions nationally,  at many established galleries including Galeri Apel, C.A.M. Art Gallery, Galeri Selvin, Imoga Art Space and Siyah Beyaz Art Gallery. His works are held in private collections.



Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay grew up in Istanbul with an art teacher mother among paintings and art history books. She learned painting as a child, this leading her to national art prizes - including a first prize in a nation wide art competition when she was a high school senior. She has studied from 11 to 19 years old in Lycée de Galatasaray, a major establishment having formed the politicians and artists of the country. The French influence she received in this centuries old school with a blend of French and Turkish curricula reflects in her paintings. She has  studied at Bosphorus University Business School; which also taught a rich humanities program. The artist pursued a finance management career working as a management committee member for multinational companies, and quit to indulge in her passion for art. She gave herself a tailored art education, living in art centers - Paris, London and New York- and studied contemporary art at the programs of IESA Paris, Sotheby’s Institute of Art London and New York. Cagatay’s yearning to wed the eternal with the coming day, and her devotion to constant questioning pushed her to paint for a long time before exhibiting her work: her preoccupation with analogue and digital painting in relation to representational iconographies spans a decade. She preferred to have her inaugural exhibition with the gallery she co-founded; and starting with All Arts Istanbul fair in 2013, she had exhibited her work both solo or in group at Galeri MCRD at Contemporary Istanbul 2014- 2019, Virtual CI'20 and in Scope New York 2020.


 Yücel Kale, Sealed Past, mixed technique 

Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, Paradise in Blue 

Yücel Kale, Artbag

Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, Paramount Dreams

Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, Close-up photo from Barbarella

Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, In a Heart Beat

Yücel Kale, Big Owl Puhu, now in private collection

Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, La Citta delle Donne

Yücel Kale, Mesmerized, carved glass

Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, Eternal City

Yücel Kale, Emperor, carved onyx, quartz

Yücel Kale, Artbag, wood

Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, Atlantis Rising

Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, Sunrise in Utopia

Yücel Kale, Odysseus, carved agathe 

Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, Eden Fading Away

Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, Jump-In

Yücel Kale, Chevalier, carved glass

Yücel Kale, Birth, carved wood, fluorescent paint

Yücel Kale, Art bag, wood

Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, Candyland

Yücel Kale, Artbag, wood

Yücel Kale, Ultimate Decision

Yücel Kale, The Prince, diaspore calcite

Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, Peacock Angel

Yücel Kale, Hummingbird, opal and obsidian

Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, Tropical Dream

Yücel Kale, Transformation, carved wood, fluorescent paint

Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, Nilufar

Yücel Kale, Twitter, carved glass

Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay,Starry Night

Yücel Kale, Aigle,  carved wood

Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, A Star is Born

Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, Rosalia

Yücel Kale, Mr Bird, Obsidian 

Yücel Kale, Bandit, quartz