|Whirling Dervish Dance Floor, Mevlevi Lodge, Istanbul|
Museum of Innocence
|Museum of Innocence|
|Orhan Pamuk in Museum of Innocence|
|Courtyard and cemetery in Mevlevi Lodge|
|Drawing of Whirling Dervishes in Mevlevi Muse|
Pera Museum, located not far from the famous and elegant Pera Hotel where Agatha Christie stayed while writing Murder on the Orient Express. The Pera Museum’s permanent collections feature Anatolian weights and measures and ceramics, but the main attraction was a visiting exhibit on the upper three floors of the museum, showing paintings and prints by Goya. The rooms were crowded with groups of school children and other visitors. One wall displayed prints from his dream sequence with bizarre images of animals and humans. Another series showed children playing; another showed his bullfight series. Two large oil paintings of royal figures in the main room seemed surprisingly modern with their realistic and unflattering expressions.
Modern Art Museum
At the end of my stay, I went to the Modern Art Museum, located in an industrial style building along the waterfront. In one gallery, there were contemporary pieces, including a number of videos, not necessarily by Turkish artists. One of my favorites was the projection of swaying trees in luminescent green onto the walls of a dark room. If one moved close to the wall, one’s shadow became part of the art. In another gallery, one could follow the development of Turkish art in the modern era, which follows trends seen elsewhere in Europe and the U.S. A photography gallery on the ground floor has wonderful black and white photos of Turkish rural life. The museum restaurant on the waterfront side of the building has a spectacular view.
You can read about the Istanbul writing workshop that motivated this trip in my May 23 post at www.carolinearnoldart.blogspot.com.
For a wonderful compilation of photos and writing from 14 members of the Writing Istanbul group, go to this online magazine Writing Istanbul at Issuu.com