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İstanbul Modern, follows the traces of traditional forms of thought and production in modern and contemporary art

In its new exhibition, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art follows the traces of traditional forms of thought and production in modern and contemporary art.

Accomplished with the contributions of the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency, the Exhibition is named "From Traditional to Contemporary". The Exhibition is devoted to the relationship between traditional Turkish arts and modern and/or contemporary Turkish art, from Westernization to the present. The show focuses on the relationship between art and "the traditional" and aims to show how artists construct history and modernity.

The influence of Anatolia, on the artists, is conveyed in the Exhibition, which intends to remind the national, and international, audiences of the cultural riches of Turkey; a country defined as the bridge between Eastern and Western civilizations.

The show opens on February 17 in the Temporary Exhibitions Hall and will run through May 23. Works of the following artists will be displayed: Erol Akyavaş, İsmet Doğan, İnci Eviner, Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu, Selma Gürbüz, Ergin İnan, Balkan Naci İslimyeli, Murat Morova, and Ekrem Yalçındağ.

The show includes works from different periods of these artists, ranging from Video to Painting and from Installation Art to Photography. Also focusing on "the past of modern art" in Turkey, the Exhibition brings together a selection of objects, such as calligraphies, miniatures, stained glass, textiles, tombaks, and carpets.

The Exhibition opens up a discussion of the meaning of tradition, in contemporary art today. Displaying the works of 9 artists who have drawn their inspiration from tradition and historical roots, the show presents their reinterpretation of the concepts of East/West, local/universal, tradition, modernity, and contemporaneity today.

The show brings several important topics into consideration, such as; the problematic combination of "memory, tradition, past" (which the contemporary art milieu began questioning from the 1980s); the role of "past and tradition" in contemporary art; the relationship between modern art and local culture and history; and also, how the past is addressed, as an identity issue.

A series of talks, to be held in tandem with the Exhibition, will bring artists and experts together, from the fields of history, sociology, art history, economics, cultural studies, and politics. By opening a discussion concerning the components of modern art in Turkey, the talks will allow the integration of different disciplines with the visual arts.

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From Traditional to Contemporary:
Cultural Memory in Modern Turkish Art

Künstler: Erol Akyavas, Ismet Dogan, Inci Eviner, Bedri Rahmi Eyüboglu, Selma Gürbüz, Ergin Inan, Balkan Naci Islimyeli, Murat Morova, Ekrem Yalcindag