Cultural Agenda

June 10, 2012, Sunday/ 12:00:00


An exhibition titled “Padişahın Evi: Harem-i Hümayun” (The Sultan’s Home: The Imperial Harem) will open on June 13 at the Topkapı Palace Museum’s Has Ahırlar (imperial stables) Exhibit Hall, presenting the little-known details of the Ottoman harem and its hierarchical structure via gravures, miniatures and paintings by well-known artists.

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, in an extended display until June 17. The museum is closed on Monday.

The Consulate General of Greece in İstanbul is hosting a photo exhibition titled “İstanbul through the lens of Achilles Samandji and Eugene Dalleggio” until June 20 in Sismanoglio Megaro in Beyoğlu. Visiting hours are 3 p.m.-8 p.m. on weekdays; 12 p.m.-7 p.m. on weekends.

The Pera Museum presents “Goya: Witness of His Time,” a selection of engravings and paintings by the Spanish artist, until July 29. Closed on Mondays.

“The Great Masters,” a traveling interactive exhibition that features the work of Renaissance masters Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael, is on display in the Tophane-i Amire cultural center in İstanbul’s Tophane until July 31.

The Cer Modern museum in Ankara is showing “The Art of Escher and His Contemporaries,” an exhibition featuring the work of 20th-century Dutch printmaker Maurits Cornelis Escher and printmakers artistically related to him, until Aug. 5. The museum is closed on Monday.

An exhibition titled “İstanbul Eindhoven-SALTVanAbbe: 68-89,” presenting a selection of works created between 1968 and 1989 by artists from Turkey and the Netherlands, is on display until Aug. 26 at the contemporary art space SALT Beyoğlu in İstanbul.

SALT Galata, in İstanbul’s Tophane, is home to “Graft,” the fifth exhibition in its series titled “Modern Essays,” featuring the work of Aslıhan Demirtaş, until Aug. 26. Online:

“Fifty Years of Urban Walls,” a retrospective of works by pioneering Turkish contemporary artist Burhan Doğançay, is on display at the İstanbul Modern until Sept. 23.

The İstanbul Modern is also home to two other exhibitions: “After Yesterday,” a selection from its photography collection; and its permanent exhibition, “New Works, New Horizons.” The museum is closed on Monday.


The 40th İstanbul International Music Festival continues until June 29 in a variety of venues across İstanbul, presenting 23 concerts and recitals by such acclaimed musicians as pianist Hélène Grimaud, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, pianist/composer Fazıl Say, the Ensemble Wien-Berlin and the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir. For a full program, see

The 26th İzmir International Festival continues until late September, presenting 15 events in total. For a full program, see

The first leg of the 2012 Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival will begin on June 14 with a performance of the opera “Turandot” by the İzmir State Opera and Ballet. All performances begin at 9 p.m. For the full program, see

The Seventh SineMardin International Film Festival opened on June 8 and continues until June 15 in the southeastern Turkish province of Mardin. For the full program, visit


The İstanbul Modern will present four award-winning German films in a screening program organized in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut İstanbul at its cinema. The program, which will run from June 14-24, will focus on the theme of “home.”

The Pera Museum presents a program of five works for the big screen in “Goya on Screen” through July 15 on the sidelines of its ongoing exhibition, “Goya: Witness of His Time.” For a full program:

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