Cultural Agenda

April 15, 2012, Sunday/ 13:58:00


Today is the first World Art Day, to be marked internationally starting this year. On the occasion, İstanbul’s leading private museums, including the İstanbul Modern and the Pera Museum, will be open late and offer free admission to all of their ongoing exhibitions throughout the day

Another celebration of the first World Art Day is taking place in İstanbul’s Nişantaşı, where more than 80 stores and boutiques in the famous shopping quarter are displaying original works of art by renowned artists in their shop windows, provided by the Turkish National Committee of the International Association of Art. For more information, see

The İstanbul Modern is currently home to “La La La Human Steps,” a selection of works from the collection of the Netherlands’ Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen; “After Yesterday,” a selection from the museum’s photography collection; and its permanent exhibition, “New Works, New Horizons.” The museum is closed on Mondays.

Today is the last day to see “Images in Terracotta,” an exhibition that consists of Greek and Roman-period terracotta figurines, at the Sadberk Hanım Museum in İstanbul’s Sarıyer district. The museum is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. every day except Wednesdays.

The Rezan Has Museum in İstanbul’s Cibali quarter is hosting an exhibition titled “Painter of the Light: Nazmi Ziya Güran” until Tuesday, commemorating the artist on the 75th anniversary of his death. The museum is open every day from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

The Pera Museum will present “Goya: Witness of His Time,” a selection of engravings and paintings by the Spanish artist, from April 20 through July 29. The museum is closed on Mondays.

“Van Gogh Alive,” an international traveling exhibition that presents the life and works of Vincent van Gogh in a novel digital perspective, is on display at the Antrepo 3 exhibition space in İstanbul’s Karaköy neighborhood until May 15. For more information, see

The Cer Modern museum in Ankara hosts “Dali,” a selection of Salvador Dali’s well-known works, until May 20. The museum is closed on Mondays.

İstanbul’s Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM) hosts “Where Darkness Meets Light: Rembrandt and His Contemporaries,” an exhibition that explores the Golden Age of Dutch Art, until June 10. The museum is closed on Mondays.


Today is the last day of the 31st İstanbul International Film Festival. For the full program, see

The Ankara International Music Festival runs through April 28 in its 29th edition in the Turkish capital, featuring 22 concerts in total. For the full program, see

The State Theater-Sabancı Adana International Theater Festival continues until April 29 in the southern province of Adana, presenting 60 performances by 18 theater companies from Turkey and abroad.


The İstanbul State Opera and Ballet will stage “Ariadne auf Naxos” (Ariadne on Naxos), an opera by Richard Strauss, on Tuesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. and on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Süreyya Opera House.

The Ankara State Opera and Ballet will present the Mozart opera “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” (The Abduction from the Seraglio) on Wednesday and Saturday and its modern dance company MDT will stage “Bir Yaz Gecesi Rüyası,” based on Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” on Thursday at the Ankara Opera House.


The Goethe-Institut İstanbul’s Thursday Films screening program that ran throughout February and March has been extended until the end of May. The program, held weekly at the institute’s auditorium, will continue with films made in the past three years by German directors. The admission-free screenings are held each Thursday at 7 p.m. at Goethe-Institut İstanbul in Beyoğlu.

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