Iznik Turkish Islamic Arts Museum and Iznik Archeology Museum hosted the "Blue-White on the Road to Porcelain" exhibition in May. The event, planned as a respect for the past and a gift to the future, focused on the connection of porcelain, which extends from the Far East to Europe, with Iznik tiles.
DR. ILHAN MARASALI
The "Blue- White on the Road to Porcelain" exhibition, organized with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Dutch Embassy, was presented to the audience on May 18, which is celebrated as Museology Day, in two different venues, the Iznik Turkish-Islamic Arts Museum and the newly opened Iznik Archeology Museum.
Coordinators Prof. Dr. Candan Terwiel and Galerim Manager Meral Ozturk expressed the purpose of the exhibition, which continues until May 31, as follows: “Blue and White on the Road to Porcelain project is the reconsideration of the search for new techniques and aesthetics, which was born with the effort to imitate the Chinese porcelains that influenced Anatolia as well as Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries, within the blue-white framework with today's ceramic art and aesthetics. In addition, Turkish, Italian and Dutch ceramic artists and traditional production masters were included in this event, which is considered as a respect for the past and a gift to the future.”
The exhibition, which started tracing the traces of porcelain in Iznik, is planned to be repeated in Italy and the Netherlands. Choosing Iznik for the first exhibition seems like a very natural approach. After the Byzantine period, Iznik became the ceramic production center of the Ottoman Empire and experienced the world-famous Blue and White Period, especially in the period following the conquest of Istanbul. Although porcelain was not available during this period, Iznik made a name for itself by developing its own technical and aesthetic interpretation.
Artists and institutions participating in the exhibition
Adil Can Güven, Adile Feyza Çakır Özgündoğdu, Atila Çakır, Augusto Girolamini, Ayşegül Türedi Özen, Aytuna Cora, Beril Anılanmert, Bingül Başarır, Bottega Gatti, Burcu Öztürk Karabey, Candan Dizdar Terwiel, Caner Yedikardeş, Deniz Onur Erman, Elif Aydoğdu Ağatekin, Ergün Arda, Gioela Suardi, Güngör Güner, Hasan Şahbaz, Hüseyin Özçelik, Işıl Tüfekçi Ardıç, İhsan Berke Saraçoğlu, İlhan Marasalı, İrfan Aydın, İsmail Yiğit, İznik Çini Vakfı, İznik Mavi Çini, Marijke Gemessy, Martine De Jong, Mehmet Çelik, Mehmet Kutlu, Mehmet Tüzüm Kızılcan, Meral Öztürk, Mesude Künen, Mirco Denicolo, Mirta Morriggi, Mustafa Tunçalp, Mutlu Başkaya, Nagihan Gümüş Akman, Nezihe Lerzan Özer, Nicole Grammi, Nurdan Yılmaz Arslan, Olgu Sümengen Berker, Ödül Işıtman, Pınar Baklan, Rıza Tan Buğra Özer, Ruth Terwiel, Sadık Ramazan Yılmaz, Safiye Başar, Senanur Gündoğdu Dodevski, Serap Ünal, Sevim Çizer, Sevinç Köseoğlu Ulubatlı, Seyhan Yılmaz, Sibel Bucurgad Atasoy, Şule Altay, Tevfik Türen Karagözoğlu, Tuğrul Emre Feyzoğlu, Turgut Tuna, Bursa Uludağ Üniversitesi İznik Meslek Yüksek Okulu, Vedat Kacar ve Zehra Çobanlı.