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Serge Spitzer’s Gift To Istanbul
One of the most renowned artists of his generation, Serge Spitzer’s Molecular (ISTANBUL) installation will remain at Hasköy to the end of the year 2010.
Serge Spitzer’s first acquaintance with Istanbul dates back 15 years when he was invited by René Block to take part in the 5th Istanbul Biennial. At the time he installed his ‘Istanbul Prop Piece’ high up in a small balcony of the Hagia Eirene .
Back in Istanbul last summer, Spitzer saw the former Mayor Synagogue at Hasköy, which was abandoned to its fate in the fifties, and was inspired by the building’s parlous condition and the potential of the space. The result is this installation, Molecular (ISTANBUL), which was opened to the public in virtual secrecy on September 7, 2009 and has since been popularized in Turkey and abroad by word of mouth.
Says Spitzer of the initiative: “The fragmented nature of the space, cannibalized over time by the forces at play in Istanbul’s economic, social and political life, deeply moved me. I wanted to make sure that this installation would force a blended reading of reality at all levels, confronting and fusing the issues in a virtual alchemic reaction.”
Spitzer, whose works have been exhibited all over the world since the seventies, lives in New York. The project, realized courtesy of the artist and 41-29 ISTANBUL, has been extended to the end of 2010 with the support of the European Capital of Culture Agency.