Wall paintings by Greek painter Vasilis Igumenidis from Istanbul

I have been researching for a long time. The Illustrated Apartments project deals with the architectural and aesthetic relationship in the Republican era, through the murals of the entrance halls of the simple and architecturally ordinary apartments we live in, apart from public buildings. Ottoman Empire were mutually exclusive on apartment entrance walls in the early 20th century. Especially after the October Revolution, White Russians in IstanbulBeyoğlu and Şişli, where modernization began, of these paintings, of which we saw the first examples with the arrival offrom Fatih district, from Beşiktaş to Sarıyerto all of Istanbulobserved to spread. One of the famous painters of the republican period Naci Kalmukoglu, Ercumend Kalmouk, Hamid Gorele and Ibrahim Safi We see that many Turkish, Armenian, Greek, Jewish, Italian and Bosnian painters work in this field, as well as important painters such as. This work consists of approximately 230 murals that I have recorded so far and 30It reveals the work of an almost educated or naive painter. In the project, where there are comments on the dates, types and values ​​of the paintings in terms of art history, I also include verbal explanations from those interviewed in addition to written sources.

Today, May 19, 2021which I saw and recorded at Platin Apartment on Cihangir Street. I. Zografosflour (Greek Zagrafos (it also means “painter”) I would like to share the journey of the mural signature dated 1952. As no academic study has been carried out on the signatures of the painters that I see on the murals of the apartment, the stories of these names can be found in oral history or from people who lived in the apartment, in newspaper archives or at auctions. I can access by tracing the canvases sold as “signed painting”. Published in the Agos newspaper of 30.03.2022 In the process of researching the article “Signage Painters Mardiros-Haygaz Haytayan Brothers” Cevdet Mehmet Kosemenof © Zografos in his book “The Vanishing City: Hand Painted Signs and Architectural Details of Istanbul”Greek School of Galata dated 1954We discussed the subject with Mr. Mehmet when I came across the photo of the fresco taken in He said that he did not know the painter and that he took photographs of the Greek school of Galata when she has been transformed into an art centre. My research on the subject is Galata Greek School.Architect when I scrolled up Pinar Erkan2008 doctoral thesis reorganizationTan RepublicI now knew that the murals I saw on two opposite walls in the photo taken in the third floor hall of the north wing of the study “Non-Muslim Community Schools on the Galata-Şişli Road” were made by İ. Zografos. I contacted Pınar and informed her about my research, other photos for her PhD thesis at the time When I asked him if he took it, he said: I remember the pictures. I even remember that I wanted to take photos directly but that I could not take them all because the lens of my camera was not enough. The kindergarten material was still there. Notebook vs. was crowded. I remember being very sad.” A few days later, Pınar shared the photos she had with me.

1853Exactly 30 years later, 1883, after the Greeks of Galata had laid the foundation by their own efforts.The school he was able to put into service in 1985He takes a break from his service due to lack of students. 1989and four of them, which are the source of income for the foundation, and three of them are Tophane.The building, which was seized by the Treasury along with 7 stores, in 1996Although it was reopened in 2007, it was completely closed in 2007 because it was deprived of rental income. The building, which was returned to the Galata Greek Primary Education Foundation in 2012, was officially closed for education in 2015. 1st Istanbul Design Biennale, Galata Greek SchoolWe can say that it is the first cultural and artistic activity of the city. Galata Greek School since 2012, İKSVIn addition to the biennials organized by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, it has established numerous partnerships with different institutions, organizations and artists and hosts various exhibitions, performances and speech series. As a participant in these exhibitions and biennials, I have never seen the building’s murals. For information on the subject Meri Komorosano When I spoke to him, I saw the building’s murals and the painter. I. I asked her if she had any information about Zografos and the surprising answer was Ms. Meri.came from: I. The person you call Zografos is a painter. Vasilis Igomene. Beyoglu in 1978He had an exhibition at the museum, I couldn’t go, but I met him. He had a studio across the street from the Aya Triada Greek Orthodox Church. 1990in Athensbe gone, 2006in Athensalso deceased.“Galata Greek SchoolHe added that the building’s murals were covered in protection and will become visible after ongoing restoration work.


Vasilis Igumenidis (Βασίλης Ηγουμενίδης) in his studio in Istanbul

Based on the information provided by Ms. Meri, the research was carried out by İ. Zografosby Vasilis IgumenidisThere is no information about Vasilis Bey in the Internet search. writes the editor Mayda SarisWe had an interview about Istanbul Illustrated Apartments in the first issue of the new year for Paros magazine run by. The mural he wore on the cover of the magazine is located on Fatih, At Pazarı, Mıhçiler Caddesi. Osman Nouri EralpIt was a mural he had done on the wall of his house. Among the photographs we used in the interview were the murals that Vasilis Igumenidis had done in the Platin apartment.

Once upon a time edition by Mrs. MaydaThe book “Greek Painters of Istanbul” published by ByzantiumIstanbul, which made a significant contribution to Ottoman and Turkish culture from theA study that includes 520 examples of biographies and works of almost two hundred Greek painters from Istanbul, who played an active role in the artistic development of Istanbul. Vasilis IgumenidisIt is the only comprehensive source of information that I can access.

Vasilis Igumenidis (IGUM) (1917-2006), painter and decorator, was born in Istanbul. After graduating from the French School of Saint Michel, Igumenidis later L. Teschner and P. FarinaHe also studied interior design. Igumenidis, who went to Paris between 1944-1947 and perfected himself in the field of painting, mainly made oil paintings, watercolors, gouaches and pastels on canvas and cardboard, with social content and including landscapes, portraits, still lifes and religious subjects. . The artist, who restored many ancient artifacts, buildings and monuments, also engaged in woodcarving. Wooden furniture designed by Igumendis can be found in the palaces of Dolmabahçe and Beylerbeyi. The works of the artist, who also works on sculptures, can be found in private collections in Argentina, Venice, Greece, Spain, Israel, Canada, Paris and New York in addition to Istanbul. In 1975, nearly 220 works by the artist were destroyed in a fire in Istanbul.

With his impressionist paintings, Vasilis Igumenidis took part in collective exhibitions in Istanbul in 1950, 1965, Izmir in 1953, Mykonos in 1972, Istanbul in 1968, 1983, 1986 and Greece in 1987. Kadıköy Metropolitan Church, Fenerbahçe and Tel AvivIn Istanbul, he decorated buildings, including Tokatlıyan, many hotels, the famous restaurants and pastry shops of the time such as Baylan, Ekspres, Haylayf, Philips, Roset, the famous Galatasaray Hammam and the Alkazar cinema. He applies in his works the characteristics of the Renaissance, of the XIVth and XVth Louis, of the Empire and of modern art. The painter, who decorated the Ses Theater (1958), also made calendar works. Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and Tel AvivHe also described examples of glass ornaments. The artist, who died in Athens, prepared stage decorations with T. Muzenidi for community and school theatres.

The stories of other painters, like the Greek painter from Istanbul, Vasilis Igumenidis, await the day when they will be written down. TurkeyThis difficult process that Istanbul has gone throughOur struggle to survive in the world makes us more insensitive and inattentive to these issues. In a country where the limit of hunger begins and ends, debates take place. it’s so normal. Whatever the circumstances, a trace we see around us that has survived the past, getting rid of everything and following the traces of another life, time, can let us get rid of the suffocating atmosphere of time in which we live and breathe.

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