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Painter and Painting

A Mehmet Güleryüz retrospective

January 8, 2015 – July 26, 2015

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

Istanbul Modern’s first exhibition of 2015 presents a survey of one of the most important Turkish painters of the 20th century, Mehmet Güleryüz. By showcasing Güleryüz’s oeuvre from the 1960s to the 2010s, the exhibition sheds light on the development and transformation of the artist’s quest for expression, which ranges from painting, drawing, sculpture and engraving, to theatre and performance.

Curated by Levent Çalıkoğlu with Senem R Kantarcı, the show focuses on Güleryüz’s critical and expressionist style. With an ironic language, Güleryüz’s figurative works highlight the effects of Turkey’s sociocultural and political transformation on its people. Family, male-female relationships and nature are some of the themes he explores in his paintings.

Güleryüz’s art is part of a social process: it is based on everyday perceptions and familiar feelings. Each work references the history of its own time. In terms of line and drawing, Güleryüz has a unique character and style. For him, drawing is not simply an infrastructural element of painting, but an artistic language in its own right.

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