Seventy Years of Turkish Painting at SSM

Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM) is hosting an exhibition entitled, ‘Travel to the West - 70 Years of Turkish Painting (1860-1930)’, from 16 April to 30 June.

The exhibition focuses on the vibrant story of Turkish painting through the medium of Turkish painters İbrahim Çallı, Feyhaman Duran and Namık İsmail, all of whom were born in the 19th century.

The exhibition is made up of 150 works by fifteen Turkish painters, including such established Ottoman military painters as fieker Ahmet Paşa and Halil Paşa, who brought fresh analytical and expressionistic approaches to the art of painting, culled from the collections of the Presidential Pavilion Ataturk Museum, the Ankara Museum of Painting and Sculpture, the Dolmabahçe Palace National Palaces Museum, the Istanbul Painting and Sculpture Museum and the Sakıp Sabancı Museum as well as from private collections in Turkey. In a special surprise, a second version, found in a private collection, of Osman Hamdi Bey’s renowned painting, The Turtle Trainer, is being brought to light for the first time in this exhibition.

Also included in the exhibition, curated by Ferit Edgü, in which the history of Turkish painting in the western sense has been re-conceived, are the works of artists such as Jean-Léon Gérome and Gustave Boulanger who taught the first generation of Turkish painters in Paris. Thus, the paintings of Osman Hamdi Bey and his contemporaries, who represent the period from the second half of the 19th century to the end of the 1930’s, are being exhibited together for the first time.