Kütahya Ceramics and Cultural Heritage Seminar

Seminar

November 25, 2023 / 10:00

The Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Pera Museum, in collaboration with the Koç University Vehbi Koç Ankara Studies Research Center (VEKAM), is presenting a seminar on Kütahya Ceramics and Cultural Heritage aimed at undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral researchers, within the scope of the Kütahya Tiles and Ceramics Collection. The seminar, which evaluates Kütahya ceramics through cultural heritage studies, aims to provide researchers with a new perspective on cultural heritage and its preservation.

The intensive one-day program consists of seminars and workshops. In the first part of the program, the importance of Kütahya tiles and ceramics in the cultural and artistic life of Türkiye will be examined with examples from the collection. Following this, Kütahya ceramics will be evaluated through the “Traditional Art of Turkish Tiles,” which was included in UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2016, thanks to the initiative of Türkiye.

In the second part of the program, the smuggling of cultural assets will be discussed in light of past and present examples, specifically focusing on Turkish-Islamic artifacts. In the practical part of the program, which includes case studies, Turkish-Islamic artifacts of worldwide accessible collections will be scanned using various contemporary practices and databases, and the inventory statuses of the related Anatolian-origin cultural assets will be examined.

Kütahya Ceramics and Cultural Heritage Seminar will be held physically at the Istanbul Research Institute. Program language is Turkish. Attendance to the program is free; however, students traveling from outside the city must cover their own accommodation and transportation expenses. 

For a detailed seminar schedule and application requirements, please click here.

Temporary Exhibition

Coffee Break

Discovered in Ethiopia as the “magic fruit,” and reaching the land of the Ottomans through Yemen in the 15th century, coffee soon assumed its place as a prestigious beverage in the palace and wealthy households. 

Coffee Break

Return from Vienna

Return from Vienna

Józef Brandt harboured a fascination for the history of 17th century Poland, and his favourite themes included ballistic scenes and genre scenes before and after the battle proper –all and sundry marches, returns, supply trains, billets and encampments, patrols, and similar motifs illustrating the drudgery of warfare outside of its culminating moments.

Reminiscences of Motifs

Reminiscences of Motifs

Prominent motifs from Islamic art continue to shape contemporary productions with their symbolic conno- tations. The plant ornaments and geometric patterns seen in Kütahya tiles are used in ceramic objects such as vases and jugs as well as in

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.