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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 Conventions of Identity

The Conventions of Identity

The exhibition “Look At Me! Portraits and Other Fictions from the ”la Caixa” Contemporary Art Collection” examined portraiture, one of the oldest artistic genres, through a significant number of works of our times. Paintings, photographs, sculptures and videos shaped a labyrinth of gazes that invite spectators to reflect themselves in the social mirror of portraits.

The Golden Horn

The Golden Horn

When regarding the paintings of Istanbul by western painters, Golden Horn has a distinctive place and value. This body of water that separates the Topkapı Palace and the Historical Peninsula, in which monumental edifices are located, from Galata, where westerners and foreign embassies dwell, is as though an interpenetrating boundary.

Midnight Stories: The Soul <br> Aşkın Güngör

Midnight Stories: The Soul
Aşkın Güngör

The wind blows, rubbing against my legs made of layers of metal and wires, swaying the leaves of grass that have shot up from the cracks in the tarmac, and going off to the windows that look like the eyes of dead children in the wrecked buildings that seem to be everywhere as far as the eye can see.