By viewing the designs in the Textile Monuments section inspired by Byzantine art, we study how the artists interpreted architectural and iconographic elements in their designs.
We study the futuristic works of the exhibition inspired by Byzantine times and explore the shapes that make up domes, arches, and thick fortress walls. Next, we use our collection of shapes and create fantastic characters.
Inspired by “What Byzantinism Is This in Istanbul!”: Byzantium in Popular Culture exhibition, we invited artists, authors, and musicians to converse with researchers of Byzantine history on how they have engaged with Byzantine history in their works.
In this documentary, the directors set out on a journey through remote towns and villages in Brazil in search of crafts and professions that are near extinction. Filmed in the late 1990s and released in 2001, the work shows the imminent turn of the century, and the new millennium appears in the ominous imaginary of many outspoken characters whose “street philosophies” reflect upon a rapidly changing era.
As part of the exhibition, the artist Ali Kazma’s video is being shown, upon the curator Mari Spirito’s invitation. Kazma’s two-channel video work North is being exhibited for the first time in Turkey. North takes the viewer to Pyramida in Svalbard Islands to explore a deserted mine, operated by the Soviets from 1930 to late 1980s. The talk will feature a conversation between Ali Kazma and Mari Spirito.
Pera Museum and Istanbul Research Institute’s exhibition From Istanbul to Byzantium: Paths to Rediscovery, 1800–1955, curated by Brigitte Pitarakis, explores the central role of the Ottoman capital in shaping the emerging discipline of Byzantine studies. Within the scope of the exhibition, a guided tour is held with a limited number of participants, accompanied by the project manager of the exhibition, Gülru Tanman.
Istanbul Research Institute’s exhibition at the Pera Museum called “What Byzantinism Is This in Istanbul!”: Byzantium in Popular Culture navigates through the eclectic presence of Byzantium in popular culture. Within the scope of the exhibition, an exhibition tour will be held with a limited number of participants, accompanied by the curator of the exhibition Emir Alışık.
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.
Emir Alışık and Gülru Tanman co-authors the introductory chapter to the catalogue accompanying “What Byzantinism Is This in Istanbul!”: 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.
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.
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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