Around the World Under Glass

October 26, 2005 - January 8, 2006

A certain commonality from one country to another is inevitably in the work of folk artists from a shared artistic tradition. The naïve and pure-hearted quality of folk art is born of a common life lived on the land in close harmony with nature. Similarities and a shared tradition notwithstanding, the works created by folk artists are richly diverse.

Around the World Under Glass exhibition organized by the Pera Museum was an opportunity to view this startling diversity in works created by reverse - glass painters. The exhibition was a result of the efforts of Neveser Aksoy, and included works from the Bortaçina, Genim and Suna and İnan Kıraç collections. Together they represented an unprecedented and unforgettable opportunity for Turkey and the world.

The approximately 200 reverse-glass paintings selected for the exhibition and catalogue revealed the similarities and differences across geography, and drew attention to the unusual work of Anatolian reverse-glass artists.

Curator: Neveser Aksoy

Exhibition Catalogue

Around the World Under Glass

Around the World Under Glass

A certain commonality from one country to another is inevitably in the work of folk artists from a shared artistic tradition. The naïve and pure-hearted quality of folk art is born of a common...

Sea Baths

Sea Baths

It is understood from Evliya Çelebi’s well-known Book of Travels that the history of sea baths goes as far back as the 17th century; their acceptance and popularization take place in mid-19th century as a result of Westernization, among other things.

A Photographer’s Biography Guillaume Berggren

A Photographer’s Biography Guillaume Berggren

Berggren acquires the techniques of photography in Berlin and holds different jobs in various European cities before arriving in İstanbul. Initially en route to Marseille, he disembarks from his ship in 1866 and settles in İstanbul, where he is to spend the rest of his life.

From the Age of Reason to the “Tortoise Trainer” <br> Salon Exhibitions and Art Criticism

From the Age of Reason to the “Tortoise Trainer”
Salon Exhibitions and Art Criticism

A Salon exhibition held in the Grand Palais in Paris on May 1, 1906 showcased an Ottoman painting. This was Osman Hamdi Bey’s famous “Tortoise Trainer”.