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Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Collection of Anatolian Weights and Measures

The Anatolian Weights and Measures Collection that Suna and İnan Kıraç began to create in the the 1980s has grown rapidly over the years with the purchase of pieces accumulated by some collectors as well as regular purchases from other sources both in Turkey and abroad, and now it is the most remarkable collection of its type in Turkey.

Today this collection consists of nearly a thousand objects utilized in Anatolia from prehistory to date. These comprise the main types of scales and measuring instruments used for measuring weight, length, and volume in a wide spectrum, extending from land measurement to commerce, from architecture to jewelry making and shipping to pharmacy. Illustrating as it does the relations  between measuring systems of different periods and regions, enabling us to follow the various changes and continuities,  the collection is a very valuable source of historical and scientific knowledge.

A broad selection focusing on the Islamic periods in Anatolia, but also including examples from other periods so as to show the full picture, is displayed in this gallery arranged in chronological order. Endeavour will be made to show pieces that it has not been possible to exhibit on this occasion at future thematic exhibitions from time to time, shedding light on this exciting aspect of Anatolian cultural history.

The Painter of Venice

The Painter of Venice

Pera Museum presents an exhibition of French artist Félix Ziem, one of the most original landscape painters of the 19th century. 

It’s better to burn out than to fade away

It’s better to burn out than to fade away

In 1962 Philip Corner, one of the most prominent members of the Fluxus movement, caused a great commotion in serious music circles when during a performance entitled Piano Activities he climbed up onto a grand piano and began to kick it while other members of the group attacked it with saws, hammers and all kinds of other implements.

The adventure of the Big ‘K’

The adventure of the Big ‘K’

In a bid to review the International System of Units (SI), the International Bureau of Weights and Measures gathered at the 26th General Conference on Weights and Measures on November 16, 2018. Sixty member states have voted for changing four out of seven basic units of measurement. The kilogram is among the modified. Before describing the key points, let us have a closer look into the kilogram and its history.