TRAVEL TO THE WEST - 70 Years of Turkish Painting (1860 - 1930)

Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM), with the support of Yüksel İnşaat A.Ş., is hosting from 16 April to 2 August 2009, "TRAVEL TO THE WEST - 70 Years of Turkish Painting (1860 - 1930)".

By means of the works of artists born in the 19th century, from Osman Hamdi Bey to İbrahim Çallı, from Feyhaman Duran to Namık İsmail, the rich history of Turkish painting will be examined.

The works of 15 of our great artists, including such painters of military origin as Şeker Ahmet Paşa and Halil Paşa, who contributed new approaches to art with analytical solutions and expressionistic interpretations, are represented by 150 works of art selected from the collections of the Presidential Atatürk Museum Pavilion, the Ankara Museum of Painting and Sculpture, the TBMM National Palaces Dolmabahçe Palace Museum, MSGSÜ İstanbul Museum of Painting and Sculpture, the SSM collections and private collections. The great surprise of this exhibition is the second version of Osman Hamdi Bey’s renowned work "The Tortoise Trainer", from a private collection, being exhibited for the first time in this exhibition.

Curated by Ferit Edgü, this exhibition in which the Turkish art of painting in the Western sense is being interpreted anew also includes works by painters such as Jean-Léon Gérôme and Gustave Boulanger, who were the teachers of the first generation of Turkish painters in Paris. Thus the works of painters from the period of the second half of the 19th century through the 1930s, represented by Osman Hamdi Bey and his contemporaries, are being exhibited for the first time in the company of works by the teachers who influenced them.

According to SSM Director Dr. Nazan Ölçer, "We are presenting art lovers with a retrospective exhibition of the 70-year development of the art of Turkish painting. The paintings in this exhibition provide a strong foundation for the understanding of the concept of art and points of view that manifested in Ottoman and Turkish painting, with their different appearance and conventions. Throughout the duration of the exhibition, as always, our educational programs and studio workshops for school children and youth will continue. Visitors will also be able to view such documentary films as "Paintings from the Ottoman Palace Collection", "Osman Hamdi Bey" and "Memories of the War of Independence."

The exhibition's supporter Yüksel İnşaat A.Ş.’s Human Resources and Corporate Communications Coordinator Deniz Sazak stated, "As the management of Yüksel İnşaat, we are proud to be the supporters of such a valuable artistic endeavor. In a changing world, Yüksel İnşaat is a firm that has a deep awareness of social responsibility and has supported many projects in the realms of education, art, archaeology and sports. We sincerely thank those who have made it possible to view this ensemble of the works of the pioneers of modern Turkish art: valued man of arts and letters Ferit Edgü, SSM Director Nazan Ölçer, and, for her vision, Sabancı Holding President of the Board of Directors Güler Sabancı.".

Hoca Ali Rıza (1864-1935) Istanbul 1919 Oil on canvas 43,5 x 61 cm SSM, inv. no. 200-0010-HAR

Osman Hamdi Bey (1842-1910) Kokona Despina 1906 Oil on canvas 39,5 x 31 cm SSM, inv. no. 200-0280-OHB

Şeker Ahmed Paşa (1841-1907) Still Life with Flowers 1903 Oil on canvas 67,5 x 92 cm SSM, inv. no. 200-0020-SAP

Ibrahim Çallı (1882-1960) Woman Lying on a Hammock 1912 Oil on canvas 38 x 70 cm SSM, inv. no. 200-0268-IC

Osman Hamdi Bey (1842-1910) Koran Chant 19th century Oil on canvas 72,5 x 53 cm SSM, inv. no. 200-0087-OHB

Halil Paşa (1857-1939) Peonies and Woman 1898 Oil on canvas 119,5 x 72,5 cm SSM, inv. no. 200-0260-HP

Şevket Dağ (1875-1944) Hagia Sophia 1906 Oil on canvas 250 x 180 cm SSM, inv. no. 200-0183-SD

Halil Paşa (1857-1939) Bostancı Sea Baths 1913 Oil on canvas 33,5 x 55,5 cm SSM, inv. no. 200-0040-HP

İbrahim Çallı (1882-1960) Still Life with Magnolia Oil on canvas 39 x 50 cm SSM, inv. no. 200-0267-IC

İbrahim Çallı (1882-1960) Still Life with Magnolia Oil on canvas 39 x 50 cm SSM, inv. no. 200-0267-IC

Nazmi Ziya Güran (1881-1937) Taksim Square 1935 Oil on canvas 73,5 x 92 cm SSM, inv. no. 200-0102-NZG

Ottoman Palace Collection

Hour: 10:30 – 15:50* * These screenings are only for Wednesdays and Saturdays

Production: Metin Devrim, 1999
Runtime: 100 minutes

Movie About:
Among the most valuable heritage of Turkish and world cultural history, the paintings from the Ottoman Palace collection, their artists, techniques and topics are presented in this documentary film. A part of our cultural heritage and a treasury of visual wealth, the collection of paintings presented to the Ottoman Palace in the 17th century and later enriched with the addition of the works of artists in the service of the court is introduced in this film consisting of four segments.

Osman Hamdi Bey

Saat: 12:25 - 17:35
Production: Emel Uygur, 1983
Runtime: 19 minutes

Movie About:
This biographical documentary of the painter Osman Hamdi Bey presents information about his education, his service with the Directorate of Museums and as Director of the Academy of Fine arts, his archaeological excavations and his his art.

Turkish Painting of the Past Century

Hours: 13:30 - 18:30*

* These screenings are only for Wednesdays and Saturdays

Production: Kerime Senyucel, 1991
Runtime: 123 minutes

Movie About:
The topic of this film is a brief history of Turkish painting, highlighting many painters who have made their mark on contemporary Turkish art. The documentory presents the studios of various artists and contains interviews with painters who worked with them.

The War of Independence

Hours: 13:00 - 17:55* * These screenings are only for Wednesdays and Saturdays
Production: Aziz Albek, 1973
Runtime: 17 minutes

Movie About:
The Turkish War of Independence is described through the poem by Ceyhun Atıf Kansu, “Sakarya Meydan Savaşı” (Battle of Sakarya), and paintings from the State Museum of Painting and Sculpture executed by Mahmut Cuda, İbrahim Çallı, Ali Çelebi, Halil Dikmen, Nazmi Ziya Güran, Namık İsmail, Hikmet Onat and Sami Yetik.