Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Collection of Anatolian Weights and Measures

The Anatolian Weights and Measures Collection that Suna and İnan Kıraç began to form as early as the 1980s has grown rapidly over the years with the addiction of a number of pieces purchased from other collectors as well as regular acquisitions from Turkey and abroad. Presently, it is the most comprehensive and remarkable collection of its kind in Turkey.

Today this World-renowned collection consists of nearly eight thousand objects utilized in Anatolia from prehistory to date. These include key instruments used for measuring weight, length, and volume in a wide spectrum, extending from land measurements to commerce, from architecture to jewelry making and from seafaring to pharmaceutics. In this respect, the collection also serves as a priceless scientific resource for observing the relationship between systems of weights and measures across various periods and cultures, as well as their transformation and continuous use in the course of history.

Carefully selected to meet the demands of the exhibition hall, a broad range of objects from the collection is presented to the viewers in a chronological order. Pieces which have been excluded from this particular exhibition will be displayed periodically through “thematic” exhibitions in the future to shed more light on this fascinating area of interest in Anatolian cultural history.

The Ottoman Way of Serving Coffee

The Ottoman Way of Serving Coffee

Coffee was served with much splendor at the harems of the Ottoman palace and mansions. First, sweets (usually jam) was served on silverware, followed by coffee serving. The coffee jug would be placed in a sitil (brazier), which had three chains on its sides for carrying, had cinders in the middle, and was made of tombac, silver or brass. The sitil had a satin or silk cover embroidered with silver thread, tinsel, sequin or even pearls and diamonds.

The Welcoming of Venetian Balios to Ottoman Lands

The Welcoming of Venetian Balios to Ottoman Lands

The series of paintings depicting the audience ceremonies of European ambassadors hold a unique place among the works of Jean-Baptiste Vanmour of Valenciennes, who lived in İstanbul from 1699 until his death in 1737.

Memory and Now, on Fabrics! <br> Gözde İlkin

Memory and Now, on Fabrics!
Gözde İlkin

Pera Museum, in collaboration with Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), is one of the main venues for this year’s 15th Istanbul Biennial from 16 September to 12 November 2017. Through the biennial, we will be sharing detailed information about the artists and the artworks.