“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

Mosques in the 18th and 19th Century Paintings

Mosques in the 18th and 19th Century Paintings

In the works of western painters, we encounter mosques as the primary architectural elements that reflect the identity of the city of Istanbul. Often we can recognize the depicted landscape as Istanbul simply from the mosques. 

Midnight Stories: COGITO <br> Tevfik Uyar

Midnight Stories: COGITO
Tevfik Uyar

He had imagined the court room as a big place. It wasn’t. It was about the size of his living room, with an elevation at one end, with a dais on it. The judges and the attorneys sat there. Below it was an old wooden rail, worn out in some places. That was his place. There was another seat for his lawyer. At the back, about 20 or 30 chairs were stowed out for the non-existent crowd.

Good News from the Skies

Good News from the Skies

Inspired by the exhibition And Now the Good News, which focusing on the relationship between mass media and art, we prepared horoscope readings based on the chapters of the exhibition. Using the popular astrological language inspired by the effects of the movements of celestial bodies on people, these readings with references to the works in the exhibition make fictional future predictions inspired by the horoscope columns that we read in the newspapers with the desire to receive good news about our day.