Somerset House is delighted to announce a collaboration with Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk which will see a unique new version of his collection The Museum of Innocence, the physical manifestation of his novel of the same name, travel to Somerset House.
Both the novel and the museum tell the story of engaged wealthy socialite Kemal Bey’s obsessive love for Füsun, his twice removed cousin and a beautiful shopgirl, through an array of everyday items which have taken on special emotional significance as mementos and keep-sakes of the couple’s ill-fated romance.
The exhibition at Somerset House will focus on 13 vitrines filled with everyday objects that each represent a single moment within the relationship, interwoven with, original material about the making of the museum and facsimile manuscripts of the novel. Excerpts from celebrated British film-maker Grant Gee’s latest film Innocence of Memories, which premiered earlier this year at Venice Film Festival and makes its London debut at the BFI Southbank on 26 January, will contextualise the vitrines. More than the sum of their parts, each vitrine lends insight into the private world and passions of the novel’s characters as well as Istanbul as a city.
In addition to the film Innocence of Memories, Somerset House also presents In Istanbul a series of films curated by Gareth Evans, Film Curator at Whitechapel Gallery and artistic advisor on Somerset House’s Utopia 2016 season. The series includes Patience (After Sebald) by Grant Gee, Uzak by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Hasret (Yearning) by Ben Hopkins, Taskafa: Stories from the Streets by Andrea Luka Zimmerman as well as a special Night Walk with Matthew Beaumont.
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Innocence of Memories opens in select UK cinemas on 29 January by Soda Pictures.