Monday, April 16, 2012

Dünya Sanat Günü

I'm a day behind! Here's what I did yesterday! It was World Art Day, and the Istanbul Modern was free! I hadn't been since 2008 so I decided that it was the perfect opportunity. Plus, my mom was the one who found out that it was Dünya Sanat Günü, and I knew it would make her happy if I went.

I just wanted to share a couple of paintings that I really liked. Since they didn't allow photography, these are taken from the Internet, not my iPhone. I'm breaking all the rules today! First up is a painting that I have loved since 2008 by Hikmet Onat.

It's not modern but I loved it so much when I first saw it in 2008 that I bought a postcard of it and mailed it to my mom explaining why I liked it. The next one I really like is by Ekrem Yalçındağ.

It was crazy looking in real life. The spacing was perfect and the texture of each red blob was uniform. The info card described it as an optical illusion. The space in between each blob was silver. It was beyond amazing to look at, both up close and far away.

Finally, there was a painting by Mehmet Güleryüz but I can't find an image online. I guess it's for the best. It was a huge canvas with brilliant colors and long brushstrokes. Like the Yalçindağ, a photograph would not do it justice.

Anyway, my celebration yesterday was less about the art and the museum and more about celebrating the love of art that my mom instilled in me from a very young age. Here's a photo from the last piece we experienced together:

I can't not love something that lets me play in a room full of balloons! 

Me + modern art = love 4 ever.

1 comment:

  1. From the postcard: Momma! I loved this painting in the Istanbul Modern. Make sure that you have analyzed it by the time I get home so that we can discuss it. I missed having you with me as I walked through. There was a great piece with hanging books. Remind me to tell you all about it. I love it here. You must visit Istanbul and I want to go with you! Love you lots and see you soon! Love, Kati - 2008