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Sabanci Museum reopens Turkish painting exhibition

August 1, 2014

ISTANBUL (CIHAN)- The Sakip Sabanci Museum (SSM) in Istanbul's Emirgan neighborhood is offering a selection from its comprehensive permanent collection of Turkish paintings, in a new exhibition that went on public view this week.

Titled "Tanzimattan Cumhuriyete TÜrk Resmi" (Turkish Painting from Reformation to Republic), the selection opened on Thursday at the SSM, housed in a historic mansion owned by the Sabanci family located on a hilltop overlooking the Bosporus.

The new exhibition is the continuation of the museum's previous permanent show, "As a Country Evolves: The Turkish Art of Painting from Reformation to Republic," which opened in December of 2011.

Paintings by Osman Hamdi Bey, Fikret MuallÂ, Halil Pasa, Sehzade AbdÜlmecid Efendi and Izzet Ziya are among the highlights of the show, selected from the Sabanci family's longstanding and comprehensive Sakip Sabanci Painting Collection, which, in addition to examples of early Turkish painting, also includes works by foreign artists who painted in Istanbul during the later years of the Ottoman Empire, such as Fausto Zonaro and Ivan Aivazovsky.

"Ayasofya," a depiction of the historic Byzantine church by Sevket Dag; a portrait titled "Naile Hanim" by Hamdi Bey; "Madam X," a painting by Halil Pasa, which was first exhibited in 1889 in the Paris Expo, where it won a bronze medal; and Nazmi Ziya GÜran's "Taksim Meydani" (Taksim Square), notable for its depiction of the improvements the republic brought to Turkish people's lifestyles, particularly women, are among the outstanding paintings in the exhibition.

The SSM is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday through Sunday and from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Wednesday. The museum is closed on Monday.

(Cihan/Today's Zaman) CIHAN

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Source: Cihan News Agency (Turkey)

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