Muzekitap
Muzekitap
As the year 2000 approaches, museums proliferate around the world while Turkey suffers their lack. Meanwhile museums themselves are not marking time; these powerful stages of history are being refashioned over and over again in line with contemporary scenarios of history. Thus the modern museum we have so long dreamed of in Turkey has begun to wane elsewhere. Henceforth the museum, as much as it is a temple offering spectacle, may just as well be a modest idea discussing a work of art, or even discussing, in the context of history, the concept of the museum itself. Even for such ideas, which indeed must be accorded high priority, the witness of art is essential. Unfortunately in this matter too it cannot be said that our efforts here in Turkey meet the challenge. This book, entitled Contemporary Art in Turkey 1950-2000, contains the reproductions of 2000 works, at the same time symbolizing the year 2000 when Galeri Nev will have completed its fifteenth season. Taken from the Gallery’s exhibitions, these works stand as a kind of record, register and anthology both of Nev’s history, and of the period upon which Nev has largely concentrated. Certainly it is not intended as a finalized archive, but as the kernel of one which will never be complete. One source of inspiration for this MuseumBook has been André Malraux’s Imaginary Museum, which is perhaps more topical at present than it was on publication in 1947. Although as explained in the introduction, the MuseumBook does not, like Malraux, propose a construct of history, it is thought of as an appeal for a debate on the museum. More important, however, this project is published in the hope that it will rescue its works from their secluded walls and offer them to the attention of all who care about art, thus guarding them from cultural boorishness to give the artists an appointment with history. To all those artists, viewers and friends who have helped keep these hopes alive while sharing the Nev adventure with us for fifteen years, many heartfelt thanks.
Starting its first exhibition on May 1984, Galeri Nev celebrated its 20th anniversary on May 2004 with a group exhibition documenting its 20 years of experience, and an anniversary edition book: “Resme Bakan Yazılar”. The exhibition opening in May 01, at Ankara Galeri Nev consisted of the artists’ works who are represented by the gallery since its establishment. In this exhibition that is reflecting the gallery’s history as well as the history of contemporary art in Turkey, the works of Alev Ebüzziya, Erol Akyavaş, Nejad Devrim, Mübin Orhon, Ergin İnan, İlhan Koman, Yüksel Arslan and Fikret Mualla were seen among others. Besides the exhibition, on this occasion, Galeri Nev also published a new book compiling of articles from previously published –and now mostly out of print- catalogues that were accompanying the gallery’s exhibitions since 1984. This collection of articles edited by Ali Artun aims to be an invitation to re-enjoy Nev’s previous exhibitions. In addition, “Resme Bakan Yazılar” is reminding the authors and the artists they had thought about, as well as the 20 years memoirs of Galeri Nev that gathered them all.
Every visitor to the Gallery has the same question in mind: “What else have you got?” In order to answer this query, the 200th Exhibition is compiled not from works of art that have hitherto been displayed under the spotlights, but rather from those that have been patiently waiting in the darkness of the stock room. Although Nev curates its exhibitions with pieces of art on consignment, it has always preserved at the gallery significant examples from each artist that it represents; thus enabling viewers, as well as collectors, to have continuous access to the works of the artist of their interest. These works were also kept at the gallery for historians of art and critics, for those who had missed an exhibition and the ones who would like to revisit a piece, and of course for the addicted viewers of the “Summer Exhibitions”. Organized as a recap of the exhibitions opened throughout the season, “Summer Exhibitions” creates the medium for the visitors to discover the endless affinities between works and artists of different periods. Although Nev did not assemble a collection of its own since its foundation, there have been some artists who offered their works to the Gallery. This holds true in particular for artists of the olden days, who enjoyed presenting one of their works, as a symbolic gift, to the galleries visiting their workshops, opening their exhibitions, organizing their archives and publishing their catalogues. In addition, there were certain collectors who entrusted to the gallery, works of art in their possession, which they were planning to sell for one reason or the other. There were also original prints, edited by Nev, that were reserved for gallery archives. As a result, innumerable works of art accumulated through the years in that back room that steels the thoughts of everyone… The primal aim of the 200th Exhibition, consisting of 200 works of art, is to refresh the memories of both Nev itself and of its visitors. Viewing these 200 pieces together will also shed light onto the key idea behind the exhibition programme of the past 20 odd years. In addition, by presenting 200 works at the same time, this exhibition also refers to the “Salon Exhibitions” of the 18th and 19th centuries, which were central to the European art market before the development of private galleries. The 200th Exhibition opens on May 11, 2007, exactly 23 years after the opening of the very first exhibition that took place at the Nev Gallery in May 1984. Accompanying the exhibition is a newspaper, of a nature to cast an eye on the past 200 exhibitions opened by Nev. Within the framework of this exhibition, Nev is also taking the opportunity to publish the memoirs of Sami Tarıca who passed away in Geneva in 2005. Tarıca is a gallery owner from Turkey who introduced to the art world names such as Yves Klein and Jean Fautrier. The 200th Exhibition will remain open at the Ankara venue of Nev until September 11, 2007.