Art by Ardan Özmenoğlu

Pera Museum was home to almost all of Istanbul’s art scene last night. Leila Alaton, İnci Aksoy, Karoly Aliotti, Ali Şimşek, Ali Gazi, Mehmet Kahraman, Genco Gülan, Sera Sade, Ardan Özmenoğlu, Özlem Ünsal and many more “art lovers” were visiting the museum on the occasion of two exhibition openings. Greeting with cocktail on the ground floor, 5th and 4th floors were showing Giorgio de Chirico exhibition. Brought to life in collaboration with the Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico in Rome, the exhibition comprises a broad selection of 70 paintings, 2 lithography series, and 10 sculptures. During the years he studied at the Munich Academy of Fine arts between 1906 and 1909, de Chirico was influenced by the works of philosophers such as Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, and Otto Weininger, as well as the art of Arnold Böcklin and Max Klinger. With his writings and works on the “metaphysical,” de Chirico was also a source of inspiration for the Surrealists. The exhibition, which also includes one of the earliest works (1909) by the artist, encompasses a large selection of works extending particularly from the 1920s until his last years to mid-1970s. Born in Greece as the son of Italian parents, de Chirico (1888-1978) will visit İstanbul, the birthplace of his father Evaristo de Chirico, with his works.

3rd floor was showing a personal collection with many beautiful artworks of collector Huma Kabakçı. The Huma Kabakcı Collection, which Nahit Kabakcı began to put together as of the 1980s, can be considered as one of the most important examples of the limited number of consciously created and well-sustained collections in Turkey. While based on certain logic, development, and subjectivity of the Huma Kabakcı Collection, the exhibition co-curated by Huma Kabakcı and Esra Aliçavuşoğlu also aims to illustrate the collection’s periodically renewed and expanded structure through a certain art historical objectivity. Artists of Huma Kabakçı Collection: Etel Adnan, Yüksel Arslan, Tomur Atagök, David Bailey, Ferruh Başağa, Aliye Berger, Sabri Berkel, Joseph Beuys, Canan Dağdelen, Nezaket Ekici, Max Ernst, Ali Arif Ersen, Özlem Günyol & Mustafa Kunt, Selma Gürbüz, Ramın Haerizadeh, Susan Hefuna, Gabriele Heidecker, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Ilya Kabakov, İhsan Cemal Karaburçak, Heinz Mack, Basım Magdy, Almagül Menlbayeva, Murat Morova, Edin Numankadic, Mübin Orhon, Ardan Özmenoğlu, Güçlü Öztekin, Panamarenko, Shahpour Pouyan, Robert Rauschenberg, Meriç Algün, Ringborg, Sarkis, Tahir Salakhov, Richard Serra, Kemal Seyhan, Erinç Seymen, Sabina Shikhlinskaya, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Maya Sumbadze, Güneş Terkol, Canan Tolon, Pınar Yolaçan, Fahrelnissa Zeid.

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Both exhibitions can be viewed until the 1st of May at Pera Museum