Akira Kurosawa

Drawings

February 10 - April 26, 2009

The exhibition of 87 extraordinary works by one of the most important masters of world cinema, Akira Kurosawa, presented a different aspect of the director’s talent; while introducing his envisioned films, the exhibition explored Kurosawa’s imagination through his drawings.

Kurosawa, who is inspired by both Japanese and Western cultures, particularly by the great masters of European art such as Van Gogh, Cézanne and Chagall, creates a bridge between the Far East and the West taking us on an enchanting journey into a world of breathtakingly unique images.

The storyboards of the films Ran, Kagemusha, Yume, Madadayo and Umi Wa Miteita exemplify the preparatory stages and illustrate frame by frame, scene by scene the films, revealing the artistic value of Kurosawa’s drawings and emphasizing his expressionism.

“There are a multitude of things that I think of when I draw storyboards. The setting of the location, the psychology and emotions of the characters, their movement, the camera angle needed to capture those movements, lighting conditions, costume and props… Unless I think of the specifics of all those things, I cannot draw the picture. Or, perhaps it’s more accurate to say, that I draw the storyboards in order to think about those things. In this manner, I solidify, enrich, and capture the image of each scene in a film until I see it clearly. Only then do I proceed with the actual shooting.”

Exhibition Catalogue

Akira Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa

The exhibition Akira Kurosawa: Drawings, offered visitors the opportunity to discover a different talent while introducing Kurosawa’s dream films through his drawings. Kurosawa inspired...

Cameria (Mihrimah Sultan)

Cameria (Mihrimah Sultan)

Based on similar examples by the European painters in various collections, this work is one of the portraits of Mihrimah Sultan, who was depicted rather often in the 16th century.

Midnight Stories: Hotel of Retro Dreams <br> Doğu Yücel

Midnight Stories: Hotel of Retro Dreams
Doğu Yücel

He didn’t expect this from me. And I hadn’t expected that we would decide to get married that day, at that moment. Everything happened all of a sudden, but exactly like it was supposed to happen in our day. We thought of the idea of marriage simultaneously, we smiled simultaneously, blinking and opening our eyes in unison. 

Medicinal Herbs in Byzantium

Medicinal Herbs in Byzantium

Knowledge of plants and the practice of healing are closely entwined. The toxic or hallucinogenic nature of some roots, and the dangers associated with picking them, conferred a mythical or magical character and power.