The 1001 Faces of Orientalism

S.U. Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM) explores the 1001 faces of Orientalism with its new exhibition. The exhibition, now open for visitors, studies the 19th century Orientalism analysing its effects on diversified areas such as literature, archaeology, painting, architecture, universal exhibitions, photography and fashion. Rare books, photographs from the archaeological excavation sites, examples of Ottoman architecture, interior and stage decorations, costumes, studio photographs and souvenirs are presented in the “1001 Faces of Orientalism” exhibition. The exhibition centred around Orientalist paintings and statues, is realised with the sponsorship of Çiftçi Towers, technology support of Teknosa and accommodation support of The Grand Tarabya.

The exhibition examines Orientalism from a multi-dimensional perspective, during an era when the East became the focus of great interest in Europe, due to Napoléon Bonaparte’s Egyptian Campaign in 1798 along with the strong debates following Edward Said’s book Orientalism, published in 1978. The goal of the exhibition is not to see Orientalism as a unilateral discourse under the control of and centred on the West that divides cultures into two polarized groups, but also to look at this phenomenon from outside the European context and distinguish its multiple, diverse, and sometimes contradictory aspects.

Cigarettenfabrik Yenidze (Yenidze Cigarette Factory), Dresden, Germany, 1907-09, Martin Hammitzch

Views in the Ottoman Empire, chiefly in Caramania Luigi Mayer, 1803, London Deutsches Archäologisches Institut

Le tumulus de Nemroud-Dagh. Voyage, description, inscriptions avec plans et photographies

L'Orient Eugène Flandin, 1853, Paris Deutsches Archäologisches Institut

Fan with eastern motif, beginning of 20th century

Sala de las dos Hermanas, Elhamra Palace (James Cavanagh Murphy, The Arabian Antiquities of Spain, London, 1813)

Pierre Désiré Guillemet (1827-1878) Halayık, 1873 Oil on canvas S.U. Sakıp Sabancı Museum Collection

İstanbul, Mansion of Ministry of War

Hat-box cover with eastern motifs

Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam Edward Fitzgerald, around 1942

İstanbul, Beylerbeyi Palace

Scene from Pierre Loti’s house in Rochefort Sur Mer ©Musée de Rochefort

Eastern themed objects produced for European market, 19th century

Decorative ‘oriental’ plate produced for European market, 19th century

Marius Bauer (1867-1932) Viewing the Landscape, 1918 Watercolor on paper Bauer Documentation Foundation

Musicians Tancrède R. Dumas, c. 1870 Private Collection

Walter Charles Horsley (1855-1921) Women and an Old Man in the Harem, 1883 Oil on canvas Private Collection

Henriette Browne (1829-1901) Visit, Harem Interior, 1860 Oil on canvas Private Collection

Osman Hamdi Bey (1842-1910) Reciting the Koran Oil on canvas S.U. Sakıp Sabancı Museum Collection

Samachschari’s Goldene Halsbander Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall, 1835, Vienna SU Sakıp Sabancı Museum Collection