An Artistic Journey In Istanbul

İstanbul this june is offerıng an opportunity to take an art historical journey from the renaissance right up to the contemporary.

You have a rare opportunity in June to broaden your horizons by viewing the works of the Great Masters from different parts of the world and different periods of art history along a route from Pera to Tophane.

Renaissance Trio
A major venue that Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University has added to the Istanbul art scene, Tophane-i Amire (the former Ottoman Imperial Arsenal) is hosting three great Renaissance masters. Offering detailed information about the lives and works of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael in interactive installations, the exhibition opens on June 1. Visitors will find rich contents with everything from Leonardo’s technical sketches and Michelangelo’s paintings in the Sistine Chapel to a detailed description of Raphael’s School of Athens.

Contemporary Walls
Burhan Doğançay is one of Contemporary Turkish Painting’s major living artists. Half A Century of City Walls: A Burhan Doğançay Retrospective, featuring the artist’s works of the last 50 years, opened at Istanbul Modern on May 29. The exhibition, which presents the painter’s artistic career starting from the 1960’s, is also an excellent opportunity for witnessing the change that has taken place in the relationship between the city and society in the last half-century through the paintings the artist made by observing walls in the countries he visited.

22 Venues Of The Festival
 A selection of engravings and oil paintings by Francisco de Goya, who inscribed his name on the art of the 18th and 19th centuries, opened at the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Pera Museum on April 20. Goya: Witness of His Time runs through July 29.

About Doğançay
The catalogue for the City Walls exhibition includes articles on Doğançay’s work by Prof. Brandon Taylor of the University of Southhampton Department of Art History, by Richard Vine, editor of Art in America,  by writer, editor and graphic designer Clive Giboire, and by Levent Çalıkoğlu.