In Pursuit of Lost Time

February 2 - 24, 2024

Chasing moments suspended in time, confronting memories that only resurface when nothing else remains... People not only remember; they reshape their memories, just as history is rewritten. Each memory is revived in our minds, leaving us with reinterpreted stories of the past and sometimes the future. 

Presented by Pera Film parallel to the exhibition, Souvenirs of the Future, In Pursuit of Lost Time follows the stories of characters tracing the memories they have lived or believed to have experienced. These memories sometimes appear in a museum's corridors overflowing with remnants of passionate love or at unexpected stops on long journeys. 

From February 2-24 at the Pera Museum Auditorium, the film program includes acclaimed director Wim Wenders' eagerly anticipated new film Perfect Days, Chris Marker's masterpiece Sans Soleil, the cult science fiction film Dark City, Innocence of Memories inspired by Orhan Pamuk's renowned novel, and Inside The Yellow Cocoon Shell, winner of the Golden Camera Award at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival.

Film screenings within this program are accessible with a discounted museum entrance ticket. Tickets can be purchased from Biletix or the reception of Pera Museum. Per legal regulations, all screenings are restricted to persons over 18 years of age unless stated otherwise.

February 2

19:00 Innocence of Memories

February 3

16:00 Dark City

February 7

19:00 Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell

February 9

19:00 Sans Soleil

February 10

16:00 Perfect Days

February 14

19:00 Innocence of Memories

February 16

18:30 Dark City

February 18

15:00 Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell

February 21

19:00 Perfect Days

February 24

16:00 Sans Soleil

Innocence of Memories

Innocence of Memories

Dark City

Dark City

Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell

Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell

Sans Soleil

Sans Soleil

Perfect Days

Perfect Days

Souvenirs of the Future

The exhibition focuses on the memories recalled through objects whilst exploring the connections between memory and future imaginings through a contemporary lens. The cultural and symbolic value and significance of objects taken as souvenirs, those that remind us of a certain place and time, or those that are collected, weave together personal journeys and the memory of the region. Instead of a nostalgic attachment to the past, it proposes contemplating how the future will be remembered and focuses on memory's future-oriented functions.

Souvenirs of the Future

Memory Building Memories / Memory Room / Memento Mori

Memory Building Memories / Memory Room / Memento Mori

Each memory tells an intimate story; each collection presents us with the reality of containing an intimate story as well. The collection is akin to a whole in which many memories and stories of the artist, the viewer, and the collector are brought together. At the heart of a collection is memory, nurtured from the past and projecting into the future.

Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests

Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests

Between 1963 and 1966 Andy Warhol worked at making film portraits of all sorts of characters linked to New York art circles. Famous people and anonymous people were filmed by Andy Warhol’s 16 mm camera, for almost four minutes, without any instructions other than ‘to get in front of the camera’.

The Notions of Race Fred Wilson

The Notions of Race Fred Wilson

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.