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Erol Akyavaş – Retrospective

May 29, 2013 – December 1, 2013

Istanbul Modern, Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi, Antrepo No. 4, Tophane, Istanbul


A comprehensive collection of an important figure in Turkish modern and contemporary art forms the basis of the summer and autumn exhibition at Istanbul Modern.

The exhibition displays Erol Akyavaş oeuvre that extends over half a century from the 1950s to the late 1990s (he passed away in 1999). The selection of around 290 works underlines the creative and pioneering identity Akyavaş assumed between modern and contemporary art.

Akyavaş was born in Turkey and studied architecture and art in Europe and America. He was well known for his interest in Eastern arts, and particularly Islamic art, and for the examples of Sufi tradition which were often seen in his works. Akyavaş’ quest for form and content has a scope that extends from Cubism to Surrealism, from Islamic miniatures to prehistoric wall paintings and from calligraphy-based practices to the symbolism of monotheistic religions.


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