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Cultural Memory in Modern Turkish Art Explored at Istanbul Modern


By Culturekiosque Staff

ISTANBUL, 24 FEBRUARY 2010 — Inaugurated on 11 December 2004, Istanbul Modern is the first museum of modern and contemporary art in Turkey. Situated at the shores of the Bosphorus and located in one of the entrepots on the port, Istanbul Modern faces the historical peninsula with Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia across the Golden Horn and leans back to Pera.

The museum's  new show, From Traditional to Contemporary: Cultural Memory in Modern Turkish Art, curated by Istanbul Modern’s chief curator Levent Çalýkoðlu, explores the relationship between art and the traditional and how modern and contemporary Turkish artists employ history in their construction of a new language of expression.

A visitor looks at a 70 square meters wall painting by Turkish artist Ekrem Yalcindag 
Photo: Reuters/Murad Sezer.

Traditional objects, such as calligraphies, miniatures, stained glass, textiles, tombaks, and carpets, juxtapose works on view in disciplines ranging from video to painting and from installation art to photography by the following artists: Erol Akyavaþ, Ýsmet Doðan, Ýnci Eviner, Bedri Rahmi Eyüboðlu, Selma Gürbüz, Ergin Ýnan, Balkan Naci Ýslimyeli, Murat Morova, and Ekrem Yalçýndað. Thus, the exhibition hopes to encourage viewers to establish visual and conceptual relationships between works of art, on the one hand, and history and culture, on the other.

Istanbul Modern
Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. Liman İşletmeleri
Sahası Antrepo No:4 Karaköy
Istanbul, Turkeyl

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