“Can Nudity Be Translated?”
Deniz Artun


January 13, 2016 / 19:00

The presentation entitled, “Can Nudity Be Translated?” invites the audience to establish a connection between some of the cornerstone works in the “Bare, Naked, Nude” exhibition and the legendary nudes in the history of French painting. Discovering the ties between artists, paintings, dates of executions, models, and poses brings to light the fundamental role Paris played in the modernization of art in Turkey in the final years of the Ottoman Empire and the early stages of the Republic. Reconsidering, through nudes, the hopes of planting the seeds collected from various Parisian art institutions in Istanbul and Anatolia, also changes are perspective on these nudes.

About Deniz Artun

Deniz Artun graduated from Middle Easter Technical University’s Department of Sociology in 1998. She completed her M.A. in cultural history at NYU with a concentration on the cultural history of France. While in New York, she worked at the Painting and Sculpture Division of Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), in 2000, she began her PhD in cultural anthropology at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. As part of her doctoral thesis, she concentrated on artists that went to Paris from the Ottoman Empire and Turkey between 1850 and 1950. She published her research as, “Paris'ten Modernlik Tercümeleri" (Translation of Modernity from Paris), which was released by İletişim Yayınları. Artun has been running Galeri Nev Ankara since 2001. 

Admission to talk with a reduced museum ticket (10TL). Free for Friends of the Museum. Please email resepsiyon@peramuzesi.org.tr to book your place. Please note that the talk language is Turkish.

Temporary Exhibition

Bare, Naked, Nude

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.

Bare, Naked, Nude

Artist Nicola Lorini in Conversation

Artist Nicola Lorini in Conversation

Inspired by its Anatolian Weights and Measures Collection, Pera Museum presents a contemporary video installation titled For All the Time, for All the Sad Stones at the gallery that hosts the Collection. The installation by the artist Nicola Lorini takes its starting point from recent events, in particular the calculation of the hypothetical mass of the Internet and the weight lost by the model of the kilogram and its consequent redefinition, and traces a non-linear voyage through the Collection.

Giacometti & the Human Figure

Giacometti & the Human Figure

Giacometti worked nonstop on his sculptures, either from nature or from memory, trying to capture the universal facial expressions.  

A Carriage and a Squat House  <br>Liliana Maresca

A Carriage and a Squat House
Liliana Maresca

Pera Museum, in collaboration with Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), is one of the main venues for this year’s 15th Istanbul Biennial from 16 September to 12 November 2017. Through the biennial, we will be sharing detailed information about the artists and the artworks.