Sailing to Byzantium

February 28 - March 20, 2022

Pera Film presents Sailing to Byzantium, an online film program parallel to the exhibitions, From Istanbul to Byzantium and “What Byzantinism Is This in Istanbul!” at Pera Museum.

In Sailing to Byzantium, there are 4 films from different countries about the effects of the Byzantine past, which is a common heritage, continuing with its effects on art and architecture over the years, from the times of the Byzantine Empire.

In the program that will take place between 28 February - 20 March; The Human Torches of Justinian, a 1907 film by Georges Méliès, one of the pioneers of cinema, focusing on a banquet organized by Emperor Justinian; The Agony of Byzantium, which is a historical production with its extraordinary narration, set in the last period of the Byzantine Empire; Andrey Tarkovsky's film Andrey Rublev, in which he sets the atmosphere like a painting rather than telling a story in the traditional sense, and tells about the life of 15th century icon painter Andrey Rublev; and adapted from a story by Milorad Pavić, the movie Byzantine Blue turns into a love story, starting with the search for the everlasting blue paint from Byzantine church murals.

The program will be streamed at film.peramuzesi.org.tr between February 28 and March 20, and only be accessible to online audiences in Turkey. As per legal regulations, all our screenings are restricted to persons over 18 years of age, unless stated otherwise.

Justinian's Human Torches

Justinian's Human Torches

The Agony of the Byzantine

The Agony of the Byzantine

Andrei Rublev

Andrei Rublev

Byzantine Blue

Byzantine Blue

Program Trailer

Sailing to Byzantium

Pera Film presents Sailing to Byzantium, an online film program parallel to the exhibitions, From Istanbul to Byzantium and “What Byzantinism Is This in Istanbul!” at Pera Museum.

“What Byzantinism Is This in Istanbul!”

Istanbul Research Institute’s exhibition at the Pera Museum called “What Byzantinism Is This in Istanbul!”: Byzantium in Popular Culture, curated by Emir Alışık, navigates through the eclectic presence of Byzantium in popular culture. 

“What Byzantinism Is This in Istanbul!”

Five Unmissable Istanbul Paintings of Félix Ziem

Five Unmissable Istanbul Paintings of Félix Ziem

Félix Ziem is accepted as one of the well-known artists of the romantic landscape painting, and has been followed closely by art lovers and collectors of all periods since. He had a profound influence on generations of artists after him, and was the first artist whose works were acquired by the Louvre while he was still alive.

The Horse Figure in Mersad Berber’s Works

The Horse Figure in Mersad Berber’s Works

Mersad Berber (1940-2012), is one of the greatest and the most significant representatives of Bosnian-Herzegovinian and Yugoslav art in the second half of the 20th century. His vast body of expressive and unique works triggered the local art scene’s recognition into Europe as well as the international stage.

Serpent Head

Serpent Head

The Greek god Apollo and his son Asklepios presided over the realm of medicine and healing. Apollo was also the god of light and sun, whose solar symbolism and association with medicine would become linked to Christ the Physician, and the resurrected.