Turkey in Transition

Be sure to visit Sabanci university’s Sakip Sabanci Museum for a look at the transformation in the art of painting in Turkey and the big change in the concepts of art and artist.

Politics and art have always gone hand in hand, and the political developments of a period inevitably affect the art it produces. As a case in point, the transition from the late Ottoman to the Republican period in Turkey had influences in a number of fields from literature to art.

In its exhibition, While a Country is Changing: Turkish Painting from the Ottoman Reformation to the Republic, Sabancı University’s Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM) enables visitors to see for themselves the transformation in both Turkish history and the understanding of painting. The exhibition opened on December 24 and runs to the end of February.  Among the artists featured are figures like Osman Hamdi Bey, Fikret Muallâ, Halil Paşa and İzzet Ziya.

Scientific consultancy for the exhibition was provided by Prof. Dr. Semra Germaner and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ahu Antmen.

It may be seen on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.