19th century theatres in istanbul

2005-2007

research and exhibition 

Dolmabahçe Palace Theater 1858-1939
Dolmabahçe Palace Theater 1858-1939

Watercolour and acrylic, 50 x 58 cm Emre Aracı Collection Coloured by use of A. Jourdain’s engraving published in the newspaper Illustration in June 25, 1859.

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Dolmabahçe Palace Theater 1858-1939
Dolmabahçe Palace Theater 1858-1939

Watercolour, 57 x 27 cm

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Ses Theater 1885
Ses Theater 1885

Watercolour and acrylic, 76 x 37 cm Sule Gazioglu Gallery

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Dolmabahçe Palace Theater 1858-1939
Dolmabahçe Palace Theater 1858-1939

Watercolour and acrylic, 50 x 58 cm Emre Aracı Collection Coloured by use of A. Jourdain’s engraving published in the newspaper Illustration in June 25, 1859.

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This project is an exhibition of 2D reconstructions of historical İstanbul theaters, which are to a great extent disappearing.  The paintings are prepared in watercolour under the light of researches made in the archives.

 

 

İstanbul -the capital city of Ottoman Empire- was one of the many prominent cultural centers of 19th century Europe. A cosmopolitan and extremely colourfull life style was adopted in İstanbul which was of a privileged status in the Empire. Theater in the traditional Western style was brought to life in this ambience and the foundations for the Turkish theater which was to be improved in Republic Era were laid in this period.