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.

Artist Nicola Lorini in Conversation

Artist Nicola Lorini in Conversation

Inspired by its Anatolian Weights and Measures Collection, Pera Museum presents a contemporary video installation titled For All the Time, for All the Sad Stones at the gallery that hosts the Collection. The installation by the artist Nicola Lorini takes its starting point from recent events, in particular the calculation of the hypothetical mass of the Internet and the weight lost by the model of the kilogram and its consequent redefinition, and traces a non-linear voyage through the Collection.

Portrait of Martín Zapater (1797)

Portrait of Martín Zapater (1797)

Martín Zapater y Clavería, born in Zaragoza on November 12th 1747, came from a family of modest merchants and was taken in to live with a well-to-do aunt, Juana Faguás, and her daughter, Joaquina de Alduy. He studied with Goya in the Escuelas Pías school in Zaragoza from 1752 to 1757 and a friendship arose between them which was to last until the death of Zapater in 1803. 

Return from Vienna

Return from Vienna

Józef Brandt harboured a fascination for the history of 17th century Poland, and his favourite themes included ballistic scenes and genre scenes before and after the battle proper –all and sundry marches, returns, supply trains, billets and encampments, patrols, and similar motifs illustrating the drudgery of warfare outside of its culminating moments.