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Istanbul: Two worlds, one city

May 4, 2018 – September 2, 2018

International Cultural Centre, Rynek Główny 25, 31-008 Kraków


The only city of its kind – the place where two continents are brought together and where two worlds meet. The only century of its kind – the time when the institution of sultanate was in decline, the republic was being born, and modernity was just about to revolutionise the old ways of life. The only story of its kind – a captivating narrative made from an assemblage of photographs, paintings, postcards, and posters. This splendid exhibition in Krakow’s handsome Ravens House is the perfect excuse to hop onto the next plane to Krakow, which is exactly what Cornucopia is planning to do: watch this space.

The energy and innovation of Istanbul in the mid-19th to the mid-20th century fascinated Polish artists, who went to the city in search of inspiration. The ICC Gallery features the works by Istanbul’s leading early photographers such as James Robertson. The core of the display comprises photographs, postcards and posters from the Suna & İnan Kıraç Foundation collection. In addition there are postcards and images from Piotr Nykiel’s personal collection, Oriental paintings and drawings by Jan Matejko, Jan Ciągliński, Stanisłąw Chlebowski, Wacław Pawliszak, Félix Ziem, and Marian Mokwa from the National Museum in Warsaw, National Museum in Krakow, as well as Regional Museum in Toruń.


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