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Picasso – Suite Vollard Engravings in Istanbul

Picasso – Suite Vollard Engravings exhibition  presents from 16 February to 18 April 2010 in the PERA Museum renowned Spanish artist Pablo Picasso’s most important engraving series from the first half of the 20th century.

The engravings were a result of the collaboration between Picasso and his close friend, an ardent admirer of his work, an extraordinary editor and also a famous art dealer of the period, Ambroise Vollard.

Picasso’s loves, the model and the sculptor, nudity, portraiture and different mythological themes appear in these engravings where not only the topics but also the style and the technique provide insight into the artist’s creative universe of the time, the 1930s; when he was at the height of his artistic production.


Discobolus in Istanbul

The discus thrower from the British Museum is from the 5th February 2010 to the 4th April2010 in the Istanbul Archaeological Museum. The Discobolus is a Roman marble copy of bronze original, which was found in Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli.

The Discobolus (discus thrower) by Myron is one of the most famous Greek statues in general.It provides a discipline of the pentathlon, the discus. The sculpture can be completely dropped the archaic principle of frontality, in favor of a movement and spatial design of the sculpture.

Istanbul 2010 – European Capitals of Culture


Istanbul was chosen as joint European Capital of Culture for 2010, being the largest ECOC since ever, has already set the target to be on the top of the arts and cultural world’s agenda. The ECOC initiative will be an integral part in reinforcing the cultural legacy of Istanbul, which it owns for centuries. Additionally, the multi-sided approach sought in Istanbul’s 2010 agenda will not only reinforce the city’s image through urban development projects but also will offer diverse set of programmes to enhance community involvement.

Istanbul (historically also known as Byzantium and Constantinople) is the largest city in Turkey and fifth largest city proper in the world with a population of 12.6 million. Istanbul is also a megacity, as well as the cultural and financial centre of Turkey. It is located on the Bosphorus Strait and encompasses the natural harbour known as the Golden Horn, in the northwest of the country. It extends both on the European (Thrace) and on the Asian (Anatolia) sides of the Bosphorus, and is thereby the only metropolis in the world that is situated on two continents.

In its long history, Istanbul has served as the capital city of the Roman Empire (330–395), Byzantine Empire (395–1453) and the Ottoman Empire (1453–1922). The historic areas of Istanbul were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985.

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