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Women Paintings Stories

January 31 - April 9, 2006

Art history, one of the liveliest and most exciting branches of knowledge of our times, emphasizes the need to continually re-examine, re-evaluate and re-interpret its primary ingredient - art works of the past. From fresh perspectives in the light of current information, thought and theory about these works, and also the discourse of knowledge that surrounds a work of art are being continually adapted.

Women Paintings Stories is the product of just such an inclination and re-interpretation of the transformation of the image of  'women' in Turkish painting in the modernization era. In this exhibition of more than fifty works chosen from a variety of public institutions and private collections spanning the era from the Meşrutiyet / Second Constitution through the Republic, a voyage through the years was embarked upon, during which, the Turkish art of painting underwent a movement towards contemporaneity, within the framework of an exceptional and extremely meaningful theme, a reinterpretation of the transformation of the image of 'women'.

Curator: Zeynep Yasa Yaman

Artists: Şehzade Abdülmecid, Ömer Adil, Şeref Akdik, Malik Aksel, Mehmet Ruhi Arel, İbrahim Çallı, Ali Avni Çelebi, Halil Dikmen, Abidin Elderoğlu, Refik Epikman, Nurettin Ergüven, Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu, Eren Eyüboğlu, Tevfik Fikret, Halil Paşa, Osman Hamdi Bey, Namık İsmail, Zeki Faik İzer, Müfide Kadri, Ercümend Kalmık, Naci Kalmukoğlu, Hüseyin Avni Lifij, Hikmet Onat, İbrahim Safi, Melek Celal Sofu, Cemal Tollu, Salih Urallı, Sami Yetik, Turgut Zaim, Nazmi Ziya, İzzed Ziya

Exhibition Catalogue

Women Paintings Stories

Women Paintings Stories

Art history, one of the liveliest and most exciting branches of knowledge of our times, emphasizes the need to continually re-examine, re-evaluate and re-interpret its primary ingredient - art...

The First Nudes

The First Nudes

Men were the first nudes in Turkish painting. The majority of these paintings were academic studies executed in oil paint; they were part of the education of artists that had finally attained the opportunity to work from the live model. The gender of the models constituted an obstacle in the way of characterizing these paintings as ‘nudes’. 

Venuses Throughout History

Venuses Throughout History

José Sancho does not conceal the voluptuousness of his female torsos; he highlights it. These torsos are symmetrical from front, but on the other hand, from the side, the juxtaposition of concave and convex forms creates dynamism.

Kozbekçi Mustafa Ağa

Kozbekçi Mustafa Ağa

When Karl XII of Sweden was defeated by Tsar Peter the Great of Russia in 1709, he fled to the Ottoman Empire and settled in Bender with his entourage for five years.