From Empire To Republic

Istanbul Museum of Modern Art

In this exhibition, a different approach has been taken that stresses the chronological development of painting in the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic from the nineteenth century until the end of the 1940s shown in the light of changing social and political contexts.

In the scope of these paintings, it could never claim to present a complete history of these complex and challenging times but, rather, it creates a framework within which different aspects, tendencies, and marks of modernity can be seen as they begin to appear within Ottoman and Turkish art.

With the benefit of hindsight, these have been tracked and measured in a contemporary context and also against the conditions of the times in which the works were made.


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