Join us for an evening of culture, with the wonderful opportunity to learn about Ottoman art and how it reflects the colourful history of Turkey. Our IWI partner Banu Küçüksubaşı, a professional Art Historian and Tour Guide, will provide an enlightening and engaging guided tour.
Inaugurated in 2005, Pera Museum, owned by the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation, offers an outstanding range of high quality culture and art services. Set in historic Tepebaşı, the impressive building was originally conceived as the Bristol Hotel, and in 2003 was transformed into a modern, fully equipped museum. The masterly preservation of the façade has safeguarded an integral part of Istanbul’s architectural heritage. Today, “the Pera” has become a leading and distinguished cultural centre in one of the liveliest quarters of İstanbul.
We will tour the permanent Orientalist collection, titled “Intersecting Worlds”. Here we will witness Ottoman life from the 17th to 19th century through the eyes of ambassadors and the painters accompanying them. We will discuss how the incoming Europeans influenced the changing image of the Ottomans from the 18th to 19th century, forming the basis of Orientalism.
Osman Hamdi Bey is thought of as the Renaissance gentleman who laid the foundations of Turkish art, and is now considered as the only eastern orientalist painter in art history. In a section dedicated to his works, we will view one of his masterpieces - ‘The Tortoise Trainer’ - full of symbolism, and known as one of the most important Turkish artworks.
We welcome partners and friends as guests, and will ask upon registration whether you will join for supper afterwards nearby, at the charmingly restored Pera classic, Adahan Istanbul, in their Cachi Lokanta (roof terrace or inside depending on the weather).
© International Women of Istanbul 2017