Artwork of the Week
“Blue Symphony” is made by artist Burhan Doğançay in 1987. It was exhibited for the first time in 1987 at the 1st Istanbul Biennial. It represents the artist’s talent and patience reflecting his inspiration of the Sultanahmet Mosque. “Blue Symphony” is the most famous and expensive work created by the artist, which was sold at 2.2 million 200 thousand liras in Antik A.Ş. Auction organized in November 2009. The harmony of its colours, the excellence of mixed techique and composition made Doğançay one of the most expensive living Turkish artists. The painting has also become one of the most expensive Turkish artworks.
News of the Week
“Soul Map” is the first exhibition of an exciting collaborative project between The Swissôtel Bosphorus ve Art50.net, the online contemporary art platform. The exhibition is taking place at the Swissôtel Bosphorus Gabbro Resto-Bar, lobby ve reception areas until March, 31. Presenting works by Art50.net artists, Ece Gauer, Müge Ceyhan, Handan Akarsu ve Haydar Akdağ, “Soul Map” explores people, cultural transformations, cultural interactions and traces. With this special project, Swissôtel will present Art50.net’s rich artist portfolio around changing themes and exhibitions which will be organized in every 3 months.
Artist of the Week
Burhan Doğançay was born in 1929. He received his art education from his father Adil Doğançay and from famous artist Arif Kaptan. His art practice gained momentum after her completed his PhD degree in Economics in 1955. He started to gain worldwide recognition after 1964, when one of his works was acquired by the Guggenheim Museum for their collection. Around this time, the artist also started his famous ‘Walls of the World’ series. Tracking the walls of 114 cities across the world, Doğançay displayed the products of this journey in Paris in 1982, in Montreal in 1983 and in New York in 2000. The artist passed away in Istanbul on the 15th of January, 2013.