Memory and Continuity

A Selection from the Huma Kabakcı Collection

A firm believer in the idea that a collection needs to be upheld at least by four generations and comparing this continuity to a relay race, Nahit Kabakcı began creating the Huma Kabakcı Collection from the 1980s onwards. Today, the collection can be considered one of the most important and outstanding examples among the rare, consciously created, and long-lasting ones of its kind in Turkey.

Apart from the logic of creating the Huma Kabakcı Collection, its evolution/growth over time, and its subjectivity, the exhibition Memory and Continuity was designed by keeping in mind its structure, reviewed and changed from time to time, with both objectivity and an art historical subjectivity. The exhibition catalogue, in that sense, brings to fore the common and diverging points of the two generations by which the collection has been sustained, through essays and works explanations.

Year of Publication: 2016
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06 Foreword
Suna, İnan & İpek Kıraç

08 Foreword
Huma Kabakcı

14 My Encounter With Nahit Kabakcı
Tayfun Belgin

20 In Pursuit of a Collection
Esra Aliçavuşoğlu

67 Catalogue

160 Biographies

Memory and Continuity

Collecting works of art in a conscious and systematic manner dates as far back as the Hellenistic era… Having undergone various changes and transformations throughout the different stages of both the history of civilization and art, collecting inherently brings to mind a number of different concepts, passion, the urge to possess, prestige, aesthetic concern, and ideology. 

Memory and Continuity