albert gabriel; the archivist
jolly jolly good news!
the archive of albert gabriel, the french historian, traveller, architect and archeologist who is the most important figure in the studies of ottoman architecture in our country, is in istanbul!
when pierre pinon, yet another french architect, archeologist, traveller (+artist and curator), discovered the dusty archive, in gabriel’s house in bar-sur-aube untouched since his death in 1972, he decided that they must be brought out into the daylight. receiving no kind of recognition at all both here and there (here; you know what i mean, there; in paris, france), pinon finally managed to bring out the archive consisting of gabriel’s hand drawings, water colours, photographs of various places and buildings here and there (here; you know what i mean, there; you get the picture; rhodes, middle east, etc.), the first photographs of hasankeyf ever taken and his study kits plus personal possessions.
albert gabriel (1882-1972) was an expert on ottoman art/architecture who came to istanbul in 1926 and couldn’t leave this land for many years. he taught history of art/architecture and archeology at the university of istanbul and took part in the founding of the french archeology institute. during his long stay in istanbul, besides administrating the institute, he travelled in anatolia and made detailed studies of important structures.
to honour his dedication to “introducing the real turkish art and architecture” first to france, then to the world and his translations of yahya kemal beyatli and ahmet hamdi tanpinar poems into french, his archive is being expected to be “the most visited” exhibition of the year by, well, me! kisses to rodin and voila!
ykkm – kazim taskent galerisi
15/09 – 11/11 2006