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Summer Homes: Claiming the Coast

September 5, 2014 – November 16, 2014

SALT Beyoğlu, İstiklâl Caddesi No. 136, Beyoğlu

Known for its often stimulating history shows, this autumn SALT Beyoğlu turns its focus to Turkish summer homes. Aiming to highlight that summer houses were a cultural invention of a certain period, the exhibition displays documents, drawings, photographs, films, models and furnishings, and is supported by extensive research.

The Marmara, Aegean and Mediterranean coasts have been in vogue as holiday spots for middle-class families since the 1980s. In the last three decades, coastal areas have transformed from rural communities without running water, roads, telephone lines or shops into playgrounds for those who can afford it. Yet summer homes are nothing new: 19th-century Istanbul was the centre for summer holidays, from the yalıs on the Bosphorus to the mansions on the islands, for members of the Ottoman court and ambassadors. The exhibition looks at the history of the ‘summer house’ in terms of geographical and social effects, with a particular focus on architecture.

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