Mini-retrospective by Mahmut Celayir opens at Pera Palace

Mini-retrospective by Mahmut Celayir opens at Pera Palace

The legendary Pera Palace Lodge is one of the historical landmarks of Istanbul with its


The legendary Pera Palace Lodge is one of the historical landmarks of Istanbul with its glimmering artwork-nouveau magnificence. With its excellently proportioned, neo-classical exterior facade and oriental architecture, Pera Palace has been astonishing generations of guests as a location of not only accommodation but also culture.

The stylish resort has a short while ago welcomed a new art gallery inside of its overall body in cooperation with Istanbul Strategy Gallery. Galata Fuaye has opened its doors with an exhibition by grasp artist Mahmut Celayir. “Gölgenin Izinde” (“Tracing the Shadow”), featuring paintings from several durations of the artist’s oeuvre, is a kind of mini-retrospective exhibition by Celayir for Istanbulite artwork fans. The exhibition was introduced with an classy preview on May 17.

Recognised as an explainer of Anatolian normal composition, Celayir has a pointillist inclination in his paintings. Celayir was born in 1951 in jap Turkey’s Bingöl province and researched at the Condition University of Applied Fantastic Arts between 1972 and 1976. He worked in the field of graphic and phase style at Eskişehir Television set Institute in between 1976 and 1978 and in the discipline of stage layout at the Istanbul Condition Theater between 1982 and 1984.



Mahmut Celayir poses with one of his is effective. (Courtesy of Istanbul Principle Gallery)

The artist generally focused on the ideas of identification, homeland, belonging, nomadism, land and mother nature in his art everyday living of extra than 30 yrs. Celayir go through his personalized historical past and the record of his nation as a result of the tales he listened to about his homeland Bingöl. As a result, deserted and abandoned lands appeared as a symbolic indicator of his possess nomadic life in his paintings. Soil, for case in point, appeared for Celayir as a consultant indicator of deterritorialization.

In his most up-to-date solo exhibition at Galata Fuaye, Celayir offers his modern is effective as properly as picked parts from his previous retrospective exhibition “Peykerun,” which met art lovers at Iş Sanat Kibele Art Gallery at the beginning of the calendar year. Whilst presenting an vital part of Celayir’s function primarily based on the purely natural landscape from the 1970s to the existing, “Peykerun” drew the panorama of developing a present-day language based mostly on neighborhood products. “Tracing the Shadow,” on the other hand, with its huge selection consisting of oil canvases, acrylic parts, silk printings and collage performs, exemplifies all of Celayir’s productions. The prevalent place of all of the works of distinctive supplies at the exhibition is that they depict scenes from the memory of Celayir, who has been sustaining his functions in Istanbul and Berlin.

For his paintings, Celayir states that the topography of the geography he will come from has a really vital place in his creative adventure as a material. “These areas, which are comprehensive with archaic traces, where glorious kings once walked, and in which I adhere to a memory whole of exile and migration, display an undeniable benefit in the act of building for me,” he discussed.


A work by Mahmut Celayir from “Tracing the Shadow,” acrylic on canvas, 2006, 150 by 200 centimeters.  (Courtesy of Istanbul Concept Gallery)
A do the job by Mahmut Celayir from “Tracing the Shadow,” acrylic on canvas, 2006, 150 by 200 centimeters. (Courtesy of Istanbul Concept Gallery)

Noting that humanity heads towards shedding its identity, the artist thinks that the delicate cultural stability involving individuals and character is disrupted due to political and technological ambitions. “Nature, which presents us a feeling of believe in and embraces us, is remaining taken away from us slowly but surely. Like a lot of artists, I am in research of a longing that has sadness. We are all after a misplaced paradise. With my purely natural depictions, I want to emphasize our own stories and crown our ordeals. Of course, kneading this community substance with a modern day viewpoint and relocating it from a subjective subject to the universal is a further aspect of the occupation,” Celayir additional.

The digital and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) leg of “Tracing the Shadow” is also undertaken by the worldwide technology enterprise 4ARTechnologies, headquartered in Switzerland. After the preview of the exhibition, a Midnight at Pera Palace distinctive occasion was held at the ballroom of the Pera Palace with the contributions of 4ARTechnologies. At the celebration, the attendees have been knowledgeable about the NFT works of the exhibition.

“Tracing the Shadow” can be frequented in between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. each and every day right until June 25 at the Galata Fuaye, on the minus next ground of Pera Palace Lodge.

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