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'Anatolian Enlightenment of Art' exhibition series to open

ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News | 10/26/2010 12:00:00 AM |

A series of exhibitions described as the most comprehensive art project ever developed by the private sector will close at the end of november

The “Anatolian Enlightenment of Art,” a series of exhibitions sponsored by the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency’s Visual Arts Directorate, displays artifacts of Anatolian culture collected from all over Turkey.

The latest exhibition in the series, showing works from seven university groups, will open at Gallery Işık, Işık University, on Nov. 3 to show work from artists either teaching or studying at fine arts departments in 15 universities throughout Anatolia.

The exhibition series will close with a finale more than 800 pieces of artworks by the lecturers and students.

The project’s advisory board consists of Professor Devrim Erbil, Professor Adem Genç, Ara Güler, Gürol Sözen, Erkal Yavi, Associate Professor Leyla Pınar, Refik Durbaş, Professor Ferit Özşen and Tilbe Saran, who have traveled almost 40 thousand kilometers to visit universities throughout Anatolia.

The board visited a total of 25 universities in 21 provinces, from Samsun to Hatay, Çanakkale to Van, and from Bursa to Diyarbakır to meet more than 4,000 fine arts students and lecturers and choose the 2,000 artworks which have been shown during the exhibition series.

Described by renowned art critic, curator and Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency’s Visual Arts Director Beral Madra as “the most comprehensive art project developed by the private sector,” and as an exhibition which “sets an example for approaching the art and culture network as cultural policy,” the exhibition series finale will run until Nov. 30.

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