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ANAMED is organising its new exhibition, Archival Memories: Marcell Restle’s Research in Anatolia and Beyond within the scope of the 5th International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium. The aim of the exhibition is to present to academic and broader audiences in Istanbul the distinctive personality of researcher Marcell Restle, as well as the significance of his work on Anatolia and neighboring regions and the dissemination of the importance of the region’s cultures.
Marcell Restle took on a pioneering role in the systematic examination of the heritage of Cappadocia, one of the crossroads of Anatolia; his detailed studies of Byzantine architecture and mural paintings across this wide region is considered from many perspectives to be the beginning of the modern art historical study of Cappadocia.
In the course of an intense career that lasted approximately 60 years and led to the near complete loss of sight, Restle produced an extensive archive of thousands of slides, photographs, written documents, technical and photogrammetric drawings, and video and sound recordings, all the result of meticulous and patient labour. Two years before his death, in 2014, Restle donated this rich collection to the Department of Art History of the University of Vienna.
Curated by Lioba Theis, Su Sultan Akülker and Caroline Mang, the exhibition presents a small but important part of this collection that bears the deep traces of a life dedicated to science.
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