Bare, Naked, Nude

A Story of Modernization in Turkish Painting

November 25, 2015 - February 7, 2016

Bare, Naked, Nude: A Story of Modernization in Turkish Painting aimed to reveal the transformation from the Ottoman Empire into the Republican Era and how the few secretly made paintings at the turn of the 20th century created a new perspective for present times. The exhibition focused on how artists strived to overcome the cultural resistance against artistic representations of nudity. Bare, Naked, Nude further explored the evolution of the ‘artist’ from being a ‘subject’ to the Sultan to becoming an ‘individual;’ the pains of transitioning from one mindset to another; the struggle of identity between the artist and the ‘Muslim-Turk’; the process of establishing a new perception devoid of sexuality of the female body that was solely associated with privacy and seclusion; and the association between the modern(ized) perception of art and the nude form.

Curator: Ahu Antmen

Artists: Şeref Akdik, Hakkı Anlı, Hale Asaf, Avni Arbaş, Maide Arel, Şemsi Arel, Ruhi Arel (Mehmet Ruhi Bey), Yüksel Arslan, Ferruh Başağa, Nurullah Berk, Sabri Berkel, Hasan Vecih Bereketoğlu, Osman Hamdi Bey, Süleyman Seyyid Bey, Cihat Burak, Mahmut Cuda, İbrahim Çallı, Adnan Çoker, Nejad Devrim, Şükriye Dikmen, Halil Dikmen, Feyhaman Duran, Eren Eyüboğlu, Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu, Leyla Gamsız, Neşet Günal, Hamit Görele, Celile Hikmet, Namık İsmail, Zeki Faik İzer, Nuri İyem, İhsan Cemal Karaburçak Naci Kalmukoğlu, Zeki Kocamemi, Fikret Mualla, Belkıs Mustafa, Mihri Müşfik, Hüseyin Avni Lifij, Hikmet Onat, Halil Paşa, Melek Celal Sofu, Özlem Şimşek, Cemal Tollu,  Eşref Üren, Sami Yetik, Nazmi Ziya,İzzet Ziya, Fahrünissa Zeid 

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Exhibition Catalogue

Bare, Naked, Nude

Bare, Naked, Nude

Bare, Naked, Nude: A Story of Modernization in Turkish Painting focused on the evolution of nude painting as one of the foremost genres alongside portraiture, landscape, and still life in...

Ahu Antmen

Ahu Antmen

“Can Nudity Be Translated?” <br/>Deniz Artun

“Can Nudity Be Translated?”
Deniz Artun

Video

Nudes With Mirrors

Nudes With Mirrors

Although mythological themes are not commonly encountered in Turkish painting, it is possible to see variations of widespread themes such as the Venus at her Toilet. 

The Search for Form

The Search for Form

A series of small and rather similar nudes Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu and Eren Eyüboğlu produced in the early 1930s almost resemble a ‘visual conversation’ that focus on a pictorial search. It is also possible to find the visual reflections of this earlier search in the synthesis Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu reached with his stylistic abstractions in the 1950s.

Postcard Nudes

Postcard Nudes

The various states of viewing nudity entered the Ottoman world on postcards before paintings. These postcards appeared in the 1890s, and became widespread in the 1910s, following the proclamation of the Second Constitutional Monarchy, traveling from hand to hand, city to city.