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Utku Varlık: Illusion (Sanrı)

March 3, 2020 – April 8, 2020

Bozlu Art Project Şişli, Mongeri Binası, Dr. Şevket Bey Sokak No:5, Şişli, Istanbul

“Illusion,” says Utku Varlık, “is a phenomenon that defines my painting.” Illusion, the title of his new show, is a tribute to the writers and poets who left their mark on him – Rilke, for example: “And what a melancholy beauty came to women when they were pregnant, and stood, their slender hands involuntarily resting on their big bodies which bore two fruits: a child and a death. And that tight, almost nourishing smile that took over their faces, didn’t it sometimes come from sensing that both were growing?” Or Baudelaire: “True reality is only in dreams”.

Included is a short film Varlık made with Necati Ayden in 1964 based on Rilke’s book The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge.

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