Online Event: Picasso in Istanbul

Picasso was first and foremost a painter, but his artistic activities included drawing, prints, sculpture, ceramics and theater designs.

Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum hosted the works of Pablo Picasso, one of the greatest painters of the 20th century, between November 24, 2005 and March 26, 2006. Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM), which is temporarily closed to visitors in line with the measures taken against the coronavirus epidemic, shares a selection of content from its past exhibitions on its digital channels. In this context, the first exhibition was Picasso in Istanbul. The ‘Picasso in Istanbul’ exhibition is the first comprehensive exhibition of its kind devoted to the world renowned artist in Turkey. This year, online access to the exhibition will be available between 15 December 2020 and 28 February 2021.

An important development in art exhibitions in Turkey ‘Picasso in Istanbul’ exhibition, prepared with the online version of the archive resources; The Sakıp Sabancı Museum’s website was made available online via social media accounts and YouTube channel. Art lovers; The works in the online exhibition will be listened to by the voice of Müşfik Kenter, with the audio guide written by Ferit Edgü for Picasso in Istanbul, which includes the stories behind the artist’s works and art historical analysis.

About Picasso and the Cubism Movement

Picasso was born on October 25, 1881 in Malaga, Spain. His father was a painter and art teacher. He was directed by his father to paint at a young age. His talent for painting was discovered in a short time. He entered the Fine Arts School in 1895. From 1901, he started using his mother’s surname, Picasso. His work was published in the Spanish magazine Juventut. Picasso is considered to have laid the foundations of cubism with Georges Braque. He made paintings from 1907 to 1914 in the style called cubism. The general feature of Cubist paintings is the use of geometry and geometric shapes. The objects depicted are simplified or divided into geometric shapes to form geometric forms. Another feature of cubism is its effort to transfer a three-dimensional body in space to a two-dimensional surface. For this purpose, Picasso divides the shapes on their lateral surfaces and tries to show each of them on a two-dimensional surface. For this reason, both the profile and the frontal view of the people in his portraits are seen. You will see many pieces from the life of the famous artist Picasso in this online event.

For Online Art Event; Written by Ferit Edgü, voiced by Müşfik Kenter

The art lovers; The works in the online exhibition will be listened to by the voice of Müşfik Kenter, with an audio guide written by Ferit Edgü for the exhibition “Picasso in Istanbul”, which includes the stories behind the artist’s works and historical analysis of his art.

The conference series about Picasso, held during the exhibition and attended by the world’s leading experts as speakers, is presented online to the participants. The important speeches about Picasso, which are rich sources, highlight the intense influence of the artist on both his contemporaries and the art of later periods. In the program, where Picasso’s sources of inspiration from different fields such as literature are also discussed, examples where the artist’s intersects with disciplines such as performing arts and poetry are also discussed. The program, which includes topics such as politics in Picasso’s life and art, and his Paris experiences, can be watched on the SSM website.

In connection with the online event, a children’s workshop will also be held on the social media accounts of the Sakıp Sabancı Museum. In the workshop called “Cut and Paste – Crazy Masks” based on the artist’s interest in African masks as a resource, the participants will design and make their own masks using the materials in their homes. In addition, the Picasso children’s book Ben, Picasso prepared for Picasso in Istanbul, is shared within the scope of the online exhibition. The book, which can be downloaded from the museum’s website, is also available in an audio version. 

While the whole world was going through the days when movement and interaction were under restriction, among these works presented to the public as an online art activity by the Sakıp Sabancı Museum, were photographs taken by the artist from famous photographers.

Online Exhibition During the Pandemic Period

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