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June 5, 2015 – January 16, 2016

The Pera Museum, Meşrutiyet Cad 65, Tepebaşı, Beyoğlu, Istanbul


On the occasion of its 10th birthday, the Pera Museum commissioned the young Canadian artists Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett to create a special artwork for the museum’s façade.

The museum is housed in the former Bristol Hotel, designed by the Greek architect Achilleas Manussos in the late 19th century. In 2005, the architect Sinan Genim renovated the building, preserving its exterior façade.

This temporary kinetic installation was constructed from 10,000 eyeglass lenses (both new and used), and invites viewers to re-examine a familiar space through a new lens. Museums change our perceptions of culture, art, history, and our current time and place. The installation’s use of lenses playfully speaks about changes in perception, while at the same time celebrating Pera Museum’s contribution to Istanbul’s cultural landscape.



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