Tuesday, July 2, 2013

DISCOVERING ART EVERYWHERE: Happening upon a student art exhibit in the Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey

UNTITLED by Mustafa Yasin Aydogan exhibited at Marmara University Republican Museum (photo by Hallelujah Truth)
Hallelujah for ART and seeing ART in every country! After exiting the exquisite ethereal Blue Mosque in Istanbul, my Chiboogamoo and I wandered through the Hippodrome, a center of Byzantine life for more than a 1,000 years, and discovered that the doors of the Marmara University Republican Museum, located at the Hippodrome's southern end, were open.
OBELISK OF THEODOSIUS. Fathoming the antiquities in the Hippodrome in Instanbul that have endured the centuries in relation to my 54 years of existence is mesmerizing and thought provoking. We live simultaneously in the past and present, and our cultures collide, as well. (photo by Tony Martin)
Travel excites the synapses in our brains! Just imagine journeying from the illuminated innards of the Blue Mosque (1616 AD), venturing by the Obelisk of Theodosius (the oldest monument in Istanbul according to Lonely Planet--carved in Egypt sometime between 1549 and 1503 BC and brought to Constantinople), and then chancing upon newly minted artwork by university students. The past is fused excitingly with the present! We humans exalt our SPIRITS by constructing monuments in many forms!

Here are a few of the images I captured while venturing through the student exhibit at the Marmara University Republican Museum:

Whoops! Sorry for not getting the artist's name. This is the first artwork I photographed and at the time had no intentions of blogging about this student exhibit. Notice that the bottom image is what is hanging on the wall above the umbrellas. (Exhibited at Marmara University Republican Museum--photo by Hallelujah Truth)
VAGUE by Sirin Uysal (Exhibited at Marmara University Republican Museum--photo by Hallelujah Truth)  
MY EARTH by Sabahat Adamisoglu (Exhibited at Marmara University Republican Museum--photo by Hallelujah Truth)
AUTHORITY by Husniye Aydin (Exhibited at Marmara University Republican Museum--photo by Hallelujah Truth)
The images broadcast here on my blog, Coffee with Hallelujah, are too few but nonetheless capture a bit of what my Chiboogamoo and I saw at this exhibit in June 2013. 

While at the Marmara University Republican Museum we also happened onto a retrospective of an important figure in 20th century Turkish commercial art, Ihap Hulusi Gorey. A blog about him is in the works! 

That's Coffee with Hallelujah! SOUL BLOG with me and tell me what you think of these images. As you might know, I am from the United States, and am curious about how art might reveal our nationality. ART is UNIVERSAL, but is that universality achieved through the particularities of our cultures? Does the outward expression reflect the SOUL's inward evolution? What do you think?


  1. Yes, the artworks you photographed speak to me of the soul's evolution. Each one hints at a deeper human connection, or disconnection. Religion, memory of love, homeland, authority.

  2. See See, my dear friend, you speak in poetry and capture the ideas I wish to express. Thank you!