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Ottomans and Europeans: Pasts and Prospectives

March 4, 2016 – March 27, 2016
Entry is free of charge.

MSFAU Tophane-i Amire CAC, Boğazkesen Cad. Defterdar Yokuşu, Tophane, İstanbul


This group exhibition is the Istanbul leg of the Ottomans and Europeans: Reflecting on Five Centuries of Cultural Relations project led by Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR) Brussels. Curated by Beral Madra, the show presents the works of Leone Contini, Erol Eskici, Eda Gecikmez, Naci Güneş Güven, Driant Zeneli and Mary Zygouri.

During June and July 2015, the exhibition artists came together for an artist residency programme named ‘Blind Date Sessions’ at Cittadellarte-Pistoletto Foundation’s centre in Biella, where they had the opportunity to build theoretical collaborations and dialogue with senior participants, including Gülçin Aksoy, Ergin Çavuşoğlu, Güven İncirlioğlu, Adrian Paci, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Igiaba Scego. The works featured in the exhibition are the artistic outcomes of these encounters.

The aim of the Ottomans and Europeans: Reflecting on Five Centuries of Cultural Relations project is to take a journey through five centuries of shared cultural history between Europe and Turkey. By arranging exhibitions, conferences and artist residencies in various locations, the organisers intend to change perceptions of citizens and artists from both sides. Partners of the project are Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR) Brussels from Belgium, Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) from Turkey, National Museum in Krakow from Poland, Cittadellarte-Pistoletto Foundation from Italy, Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna from Austria and Witte de With for Contemporary Art from The Netherlands. The Istanbul leg is organised with the collaboration of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV).


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