This spring the museum is taking part in a unique exchange. On 10 March the exhibition ‘İstanbul Modern’ opens with works from the collection of Istanbul’s museum of modern art. Simultaneously the Turkish capital is hosting a selection of 28 works from the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.
The exhibition in Rotterdam features the work of fourteen Turkish artists. Senior curator Levent Çalıkoğlu has selected fourteen works, ranging from paintings to videos and installations, providing a survey of art and culture in Turkey from the 1970s to the present. Themes include identity, the body and political tensions. İstanbul straddles Europe and Asia, giving the city a unique perspective. Levent Çalıkoğlu has called the city a ‘new continent’. Both Western and Arab influences can be seen in the works selected.
‘İstanbul Modern’ includes the work of Ramazan Bayrakoğlu, whose painting ‘Fire’ is based on a photograph of a house going up in flames. Another impressive painting is ‘Alp Against a White Background’ by Taner Ceylan. The composition may be interpreted as sloppy and vague, or as highly realistic. A video installation by Ayşe Erkmen features funny green figures, which are actually symbolic of gruesome weapons.
The exhibition ‘İstanbul Modern’ is part of the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of trade between Turkey and the Netherlands. The museum is offering guided tours in Dutch, English and Turkish. Information about reservations is available here. Invite your friends to visit the exhibition and send an e-card.