Le Grand K, which is made of platin-iridium alloy had been used to define the magnitude of the mass of one kilogram for 130 years. However, it was equalized to a formula called Planck’s constant due to the loss of fifty micrograms of its mass, the quantity of a dust particle in time. Le Grand K2 aims to transform the formula into a physical mass again. Artist Avşar Gürpınar explains the production process of the work from the Art of Weights and Measures exhibition.
“What Byzantinism Is This in Istanbul!”: Byzantium in Popular Culture navigates through the eclectic presence of Byzantium in popular culture.
Focusing on the points of contact between the physical and digital, and the fluid flow between them, the video also brings a witty commentary to cultural heritage preservation and conservation, passing heritage to upcoming generations, and the role that museums play throughout these processes.
Impossible Homecoming is a retrospective exhibition of artist and poet Etel Adnan, whose life spanned nearly a century. The daughter of a Smyrian Greek mother and a Damascene Ottoman officer, the artist was born in Beirut in 1925 to a multilingual, multi-faith, and multi-cultural family and region, and her works reflect the traces of this rich identity.
The exhibition “What Byzantinism Is This in Istanbul!” brings together today’s understanding and the vibrant world of popular culture with the aesthetics and antiquity of the Byzantine period. We discuss the importance and examples of illustration as part of the workshop’s multidimensional look at the past and present of the art form. Afterwards, we learn about Byzantine art, aesthetics and decorations, and create our own Byzantine patters using symbols from pop culture.
From Istanbul to Byzantium: Paths to Rediscovery, 1800-1955 explores the pivotal role of Istanbul in the emergence of a new and international and local awareness of the city’s Byzantine heritage.
Retrospective in nature, this exhibition provided the opportunity to re-familiarize oneself with İhsan Cemal Karaburçak, who is recognized as much for his authentic style, as for his colors, particularly his signature "purple" that left an imprint on his canvases. It is now on our YouTube channel!
Pera Museum presented for the first time in Turkey a selection that brought together all periods of the versatile, multicultural visual world of renowned director Sergey Parajanov, master of poetic cinema. It is now on our YouTube channel!
As the first and last Orientalist painter of the Ottoman Empire, Osman Hamdi Bey had the unique opportunity to observe the East from within. Rather than depicting the “other” as a number of foreign painters did, he portrayed his own culture and propounded his own cultural perceptions.
Jean-Léon Gérôme is among the most renowned artists of the second half of the 19th century. One of the most fervent advocates of academic painting, Gérôme declared a personal war against modern movements such as Impressionism. In the final periods of his life, and with the ascent of the movements he opposed, he did perhaps lose his former popularity, but was not forgotten in the 20th century like many other academic painters.
Listen to metal music’s forays into Byzantinism. Byzantium-related songs from various sub-genres of metal music from What Byzantinism Is This in Istanbul!”: Byzantium in Popular Culture exhibition.
Focusing on contemporary approaches to miniature painting, the exhibition brings together the works of 14 artists from different countries such as Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan.
In this video, Hazel Özmen, Anatolian Weight and Measures Collection Manager, talks about the most important themes of the exhibition compiled from our collection, the Antiquity markets, and the officials responsible for these markets and the protective gods.
With a selection of objects from the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Anatolian Weights and Measures Collection, The Art of Weights and Measures aims to explore, through the eyes of civilizations, gods, merchants, master craftsmen, and their apprentices from the 2nd millennium BC to the present day, how weights and measures have shaped economies, cultures, and intercultural relations, their impact on social dynamics of trust, and their journey towards becoming standardized units.
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On Wednesdays, the students can
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