Mario Prassinos

In Pursuit of an Artist: Istanbul-Paris-Istanbul

May 25 - August 14, 2016

This exhibition was centered on the art of Mario Prassinos, who was born in Istanbul into a Greek-Ottoman family and began his artistic career in Paris, among the 20th century avant-gardes. Brought together a large selection of his works ranging from paintings and book illustrations to tapestries, portraits, and engravings, the exhibition revealed the striking and unique character of Prassinos and his distinctive style shifting from Surrealism to a more realistic approach. Curated by Seza Sinanlar Uslu, the exhibition welcomes back this original 20th century artist to his birthplace to Pera, Istanbul, on the 100th anniversary of his birth.

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Mario Prassinos

Mario Prassinos

The exhibition Mario Prassinos, In Pursuit of an Artist: İstanbul-Paris-İstanbul is centered on the art of Mario Prassinos. Born into a Greek family of artists in Istanbul, Prassinos’...

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Midnight Horror Stories: The Landlord

Midnight Horror Stories: The Landlord

Three people sleeping side by side. On the uncomfortable seats of the stuffy airplane in the air. Three friends. I’m the friend in the window seat. The other two are a couple, Emre and Melisa. I’m alone, they are together. And another difference. I’ve only closed my eyes. They are asleep.

From Cypresses to Turkish Landscapes

From Cypresses to Turkish Landscapes

Among the most interesting themes in the oeuvre of Prassinos are cypresses, trees, and Turkish landscapes. The cypress woods in Üsküdar he saw every time he stepped out on the terrace of their house in İstanbul or the trees in Petits Champs must have been strong images of childhood for Prassinos. 

Istanbul-Paris-Istanbul: Mario Prassinos

Istanbul-Paris-Istanbul: Mario Prassinos

Mario Prassinos liked Istanbul more than the current Istanbulites of today. It is obvious that you can understand this from the article written by her daughter Catherine Prassinos in the Pera Museum's book on the artist.