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Souvenirs of the Future

October 26, 2023 - April 28, 2024

Could the future be remembered through the familiar objects collected in the past? Could these objects act as a means to shape the memories of the future that will come as fragments—a means to shape, understand, and preserve the past? Souvenirs of the Future, which sets forth from the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Kütahya Tiles and Ceramics Collection, explores the ties forged between memory and imagination through contemporary works while focusing on that which is remembered with the help of objects. The cultural and symbolic value and meaning of objects that have been acquired or collected as souvenirs, as a reminder of a certain place and time, interweave the memory of the region with personal journeys. The exhibition presents a future-oriented perspective of the archive while aiming to understand the future through commissioned contemporary works inspired by the collection. Yet instead of a nostalgic devotion to the past, it proposes contemplating how we will remember the future. In this exhibition curated by Ulya Soley and organized in memory of Suna Kıraç, who created the Kütahya Tiles and Ceramics Collection, a selection from the collection that inspired the contemporary works accompanies each corresponding section.

Artists: Adriana Varejão, Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Bilal Yılmaz, Burçak Bingöl, Candice Lin, Deniz Eroglu, Elif Uras, Francesco Simeti, Jorge Otero-Pailos, Livia Marin, Metehan Törer, Neven Allgeier, oddviz, Skuja Braden, Taner Ceylan, Volkan Aslan, Yasemin Özcan, Zsófia Keresztes

Image Credits

Neven Allgeier
Environment, 2019-2023
Archival pigment print, 120 x 80 cm
Wallpaper, 284 x 186 cm
Courtesy of the Artist

Aslı Çavuşoğlu
Both Roots and Stems Both Are Both Not, 2023
Installation, ceramics, 3D print
Variable dimensions
Courtesy of the Artist

Elif Uras
Double Niche, 2023
Installation
300 x 480 cm
Courtesy of the Artist and Galerist

Adriana Varejão
Carpet Style Tilework on Canvases [Azulejaria "de tapete" sobre telas], 1999
Oil on canvas installation made up of 45 canvases
Variable dimensions
Courtesy of the artist and the Monica and Oded Goldberg Collection

3D Virtual Tour

Exhibition Catalogue

Souvenirs of the Future

Souvenirs of the Future

Souvenirs of the Future approaches the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Kütahya Tiles and Ceramics Collection with a future-oriented perspective. It focuses on the memories recalled through objects whilst exploring the connections between memory and future imaginings through a contemporary lens.

Souvenirs of the Future Exhibition Tour

Souvenirs of the Future Exhibition Tour

Souvenirs of the Future, which sets forth from the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Kütahya Tiles and Ceramics Collection, explores the ties forged between memory and imagination through contemporary works while focusing on that which is remembered with the help of objects. As part of the exhibition, a restricted number of participants will be offered the opportunity to take a tour of the exhibition, led by curator Ulya Soley's informative commentary.

Rewind the Future <br> DJ bbs & DJ Samy Winehouse

Rewind the Future
DJ bbs & DJ Samy Winehouse

In the event, DJ duo bbs and DJ Samy Winehouse will feature futuristic mixes of past sounds.

Tiles and Tales

Tiles and Tales

Pera Museum is delighted to be hosting an artist talk with exhibited artist Burçak Bingöl and architect and researcher Gertrud Olsson. The talk will focus on cultural heritage within the context of ceramics, traditions and identity; with Bingöl as an artist working intimately with ceramics and Olsson as the author of the book titled Den lilla skalan i den stora – kaklet i osmanska rum [The small scale in the large: tiles in Ottoman rooms] (currently only available in Swedish).

The Past and Future of the Ceramic Craft in Kütahya

The Past and Future of the Ceramic Craft in Kütahya

Pera Museum hosts two talks focused on the history of Kütahya tiles and ceramics. In the first talk, Bilal Yılmaz, who is among the exhibited artists with the work titled Alhambra, presents his study conducted with curator Lydia Chatziiakovou titled "An Artistic Research Report on Kütahya Tiles". In the second talk, collector, and researcher Dinos Kogias takes a close look at the tradition of ceramics in Kütahya through emblematic pieces.

It was Paradise, Unfortunately (No such thing as theatre)

It was Paradise, Unfortunately (No such thing as theatre)

This research performance looks at the exciting and futuristic potential of the "past" to heal the world today. It reframes our concept of theater, focusing on why and how we originallypractised it and asks if it can change the world.

Artist Talk <br> Taner Ceylan & Tarkan Okçuoğlu

Artist Talk
Taner Ceylan & Tarkan Okçuoğlu

Pera Museum presents a talk by artist Taner Ceylan and art historian Tarkan Okçuoğlu! Based on Taner Ceylan’s works exhibited in Souvenirs of the Future, the speakers will focus on their relationship with Ottoman painting, the historicity of the motifs, and the connections between the contemporary and the traditional.

Artist Talk: Yasemin Özcan & Metehan Törer

Artist Talk: Yasemin Özcan & Metehan Törer

Yasemin Özcan and Metehan Törer discuss the production processes of their artworks exhibited in Souvenirs of the Future, their relationship to ceramics and engagement with the collection.

In Pursuit of Lost Time

In Pursuit of Lost Time follows the stories of characters who trace the memories they lived in the past or believe they lived. These memories sometimes emerge in a museum's corridors overflowing with remnants of passionate love and sometimes at unexpected stops on long journeys.


Pera Learning

Half-Term Holiday Workshops

Fun workshops for the semester break provide kids and teachers the opportunity to enrich their holiday with art.

The Memory of Art

The parallel program to Souvenirs of the Future offers fun and inspiring exhibition tours and workshops for different age groups, both online and face-to-face.

Expression Through Art: Workshops for Adult

Pera Museum Learning Programs organize fun and inspiring exhibition tours and workshops titled “Expression Through Art" as part of Souvenirs of the Future and On the Spot, which will take place from February 16 to March 24, 2024, for everyone aged 18 and over.

Explore the Museum with the Little Yellow Circle!

Explore the Museum with the Little Yellow Circle!

Published as part of Pera Learning programs, “The Little Yellow Circle (Küçük Sarı Daire)” is a children’s book written by Tania Bahar and illustrated by Marina Rico, offering children and adults to a novel learning experience where they can share and discover together.

Midnight Stories: The Red Button <br> Funda Özlem Şeran

Midnight Stories: The Red Button
Funda Özlem Şeran

It was a quiet night in the dessert. Even the mice weren’t around. A few LEDs blinked in the dark, and the sound of a fan filled the infinite void. The conversation cutting the silence seemed to go nowhere.

Audience with the Mad King

Audience with the Mad King

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Pera Museum invites artist Benoît Hamet to reinterpret key pieces from its collections, casting a humourous eye over ‘historical’ events, both imagined and factual.