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Published: August 21st 2011
Cafe at the Modern
The outdoor cafe at the Istanbul Modern Art Museum has a fabulous view on the Bosphorus. In the distance is the point with the Aya Sofya and Sultanahmet.
On Thursday I went with a group of other teachers to a few places in the old city. We started at the Istanbul Modern Art Museum, where unfortunately I couldn’t take any photos. There were several amazing displays there, most of which I am unable to describe. It’s art; a description in words can’t do it justice. http://www.istanbulmodern.org/en/f_index.html
However, one of my favorite exhibits was a progression from the first Turkish paintings under the Ottoman Empire through the present. Some of my favorites were from the “Generation of 1914” who were painters sent by the Sultan to study painting under master painters in Europe, mostly in Paris. Perhaps this explains the Turkish respect for France as a sophisticated and artistic country. The modern art, especially the 2000s paintings was just a bit much for me. I’ve always been more attracted to Impressionism and Cubism that experimental modern paintings anyway. It was amazing though, and I did love the sculptures.
There are two small movie theaters in the museum. One was showing a wonderful modern interpretation of Don Quixote. I loved it! Don Quixote and Sancho were Turks in business suits on donkeys wandering the Turkish central mountains looking for
the road to the TATE Modern Art Museum in London. It was a short, maybe ten minutes long, but the actors played the parts perfectly and the whole thing was very funny and ridiculous.
After the museum we took a bus to the area around Sultanhamet and the Aya Sofya. We didn’t have time to go in either one, but that’s on the agenda for Monday. We explored the plaza and the side streets. There is so much to see that I didn’t feel like I really needed to go inside anyway. I know I’ll want more than a couple hours for that. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves for the rest of the blog. Again, it was a beautiful day in a very amazing city.
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