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‘There is no such thing as the art of the Turks just as there is no such thing as the art of the Germans, of the Vatican, the Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi or an art of critical practice. The art of the Turks can consequently only – but after all at least – be a fiction.’
Curated by Manuel Graf and Hans-Jürgen Hafner, ‘The Art of the Turks’ produces a fiction. Based on specially conceived artistic contributions, historical and current artworks, publications and documents, lectures and talks, the exhibition imagines a modern art of the Turks from today’s perspective. ‘The Art of the Turks’ is the draft of a hypothetical state art that is simultaneously the collection of concrete, historical and contemporary forms of artistic expression and the subjective claims made on art. It establishes a point of convergence between the most different claims made on art while revealing at the same time the impossibility of such a convergence.
On display are works and historical documents by and inspired by Abdullah Frères, Haluk Akakçe, Erdağ Aksel, Fikret Atay, Bedri Baykam, Rudolf Belling, Adnan Çoker, Manuel Graf, Hans-Jürgen Hafner, Osman Hamdi Bey, Diango Hernández, Clemens Holzmeister, Kiron Khosla, Hans Poelzig, Berthold Reiß, Bruno Taut, Yazbukey and Ahmet Ziya.
Roland Belgrave and Stefano Taglia