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What Byzantinism Is This in Istanbul: Byzantium in Popular Culture

November 23, 2021 – March 6, 2022
The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday
Tickets can be purchased at the entrance. Please see their website for details and current COVID-19 requirements.

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


The Istanbul Research Institute’s latest exhibition at Pera Museum “What Byzantinism Is This in Istanbul!”: Byzantium in Popular Culture , curated by Emir Alışık, explores the presentations of Byzantium in popular culture, and complements the museum’s more levelheaded show: From Istanbul to Byzantium: Paths to Rediscovery, 1800–1955. With contributions by some of the most important and groundbreaking scholars working on Byzantine Studies at the moment, this exhibition is not to be missed. The title comes from the novelist Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoğlu’s 1950s novel Panorama, in which the protagonist expresses his frustration at post-war Istanbul society.

In Cornucopia 64, Prof Ousterhout sums the show up neatly: ‘I’ll wager there is something here to offend just about everyone – but also much to amuse.’

Below, Cornucopia’s photographer-at-large, Monica Fritz, takes the plunge into a neon-lit world.


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