The fairy tale that began in Kuzguncuk continues in Venice | Ihsan Yilmaz

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Artist Fusun Onur‘Fame ‘Once upon a time…‘ because the modern-day tale he named continues here.

The Turkey Pavilion of the 59th Venice Biennale opens like the pages of a book of fairy tales. On platforms each of which is designed as a cloud HonorThe fairy tale progresses with the minimal figurines made by .

Organized by Istanbul Biennale and Director of Contemporary Art Projects İKSV Bige OrerThe exhibit, curated by , tells the story of a group of mice and cats who unite against the destruction humans have wreaked on the planet.

Fusun OnurMice and cats are the main characters in his work, which he prepared without leaving his home for two years during the pandemic. By bending and shaping metal wires for the Turkish pavilion, the artist has created scenes that feature different characters and various sections of their lives. Each scene depicted on the clouds spread across the exhibition space came together to form a holistic narrative.

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The fairy tale that began in Kuzguncuk continues in Venice

MOUSE AND CAT COLLABORATION

In this fairy tale world, the rats, who learn about the man-made pandemic through the newspapers distributed by students after school, begin to discuss what they can do to overcome it and decide to cooperate with the cats to fight against this crisis which threatens the environment. the whole world. Their fight is not only against the pandemic, but also against the global climate crisis…

Honormain character of the fairy tale Quick look named mouse. quick eye, Besides mice, it also cooperates with cats. Right here Fusun Onurtheir own cats Authoritarian and lolitaIt also puts ‘ in the fairy tale.

The fairy tale that began in Kuzguncuk continues in Venice

later tale Quick lookHe sees a ship crossing the Bosphorus and is saddened by saying that he could never go to Venice, then, at the invitation of his friends, he succeeds.

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It’s a fairy tale, fairies, music, love, and then the pandemic is included.

The fairy tale that began in Kuzguncuk continues in Venice

The exhibition, which offers no definitive end to its visitors, allows the viewer to add new meanings to the work through the relationship he establishes with his own world.

The exhibition design, reminiscent of a fairy tale, Yelta Kom lighting design Erinc Tepetascarried out under the direction of

A MINISTER OF CULTURE ATTENDS THE OPENING FOR THE FIRST TIME

VENICE Opening of the Turkish Pavilion of the İKSV Biennale Chairman of the Board of Directors Bulent EczacibasiIt was held on Wednesday April 20, hosted by . Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nouri ErsoyThere was also a premiere at the opening, which was held with the participation of . It is the first time that a Minister of Culture of the Republic of Turkey has attended the inauguration of the pavilion which has represented Turkey since 1991.

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The fairy tale that began in Kuzguncuk continues in Venice

Speak at the Turkey Pavilion Opening Reception Minister Ersoy, “The Venice Biennale plays a great role in these times when the unifying power of culture and art is very important. As the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, we will continue to increase our support for culture and art. It is very, very important that Turkey is represented here. » mentioned.

Chairman of the İKSV Board Bulent Eczacibasi Minister of Culture and Tourism Ersoythanking

He said that the Turkey Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, which has been held under the coordination of İKSV since 2007, has made a significant contribution to promoting Turkey’s contemporary cultural and artistic production abroad. .

21 permanent supporters of the Turkish Pavilion space, 13 supporters who contributed to this year’s exhibition, İKSV tulip card members and many important names from the international art world and academia have attended the opening.

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HE SENT CINGÖZ AND ZORBA FRONT

ARTIST Fusun Onur, Unfortunately, he was unable to attend the opening of his exhibition at the Venice Biennale. “I sent Zorba and Cingöz first, maybe I’ll come in the coming months too” The 85-year-old artist said, shortly before the exhibition, his older sister Ilhan Onourlost.

The fairy tale that began in Kuzguncuk continues in Venice

Fusun Onur with her big sister Ilhan Onourhad donated the Hayri Onur mansion in Kuzguncuk, where they were born and raised, to the Vehbi Koç Foundation.

It is planned that the mansion, witness to all the artistic production of the artist, will in the future be open to visitors as a house-museum and that its contents will host artist residency programs to be created by Arter .

The fairy tale that began in Kuzguncuk continues in Venice

One of the pioneers of contemporary art in Turkey Fusun OnurHe studied sculpture at the Ali Hadi Bara workshop of the Istanbul Academy of Fine Arts. Between 1964 and 1966, he pursued his master’s degree in sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art with a Fulbright scholarship. He opened his first personal exhibition at the Taksim Art Gallery in 1970, followed by the 7th Biennale of Young Artists in Paris (1971), the “Open Air Exhibitions” organized by the Istanbul Archeology Museums (1974, 1975, 1976, 1977) and the 13th Istanbul Biennale in Antwerp, Belgium He participated in various exhibitions such as the Middelheim Biennale (1975).

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600,000 visitors are expected

TODAY Considered one of the most important artistic events, the 59th Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition is held this year from April 23 to November 27, curated by Cecilia Alemani. In the biennial postponed to this year due to the pandemic “Milk of Dreams” In addition to the titled main exhibition, there will be exhibits from 81 countries, including the Turkish pavilion, at Arsenale, Giardini and various points around the city. Nearly 600,000 art lovers from all over the world are expected at the biennale.

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