Istanbul vs. Kiev

There will soon be a decision whether İstanbul or Kiev becomes the Capital of Culture in non-EU category in 2010. The ‘European City of Culture’ project was launched in 1985 on the initiative of Melina Mercouri, then minister of culture of Greece. Here is a EurActiv report that compares two cities and here is an interview with Nuri Colakoglu, who is the chairman of the Executive Committee of Istanbul’s bid for the title of Cultural Capital of Europe. Finally, a Turkish parliamentarian, Egemen Bagış, talks to Gareth Jones from Turkish Daily News about the same issue….

Meanwhile, I guess I will not make it to the Picasso Exhibition at Sabancı Museum. As the end of exhibition approaches, there are again long lines of visitors in front of the museum. Picasso in Istanbul itself has become a phenomenon in Turkey. Were there any other art performances to which Turks hurried en masse? To end with, here is a review of the exhibition by OOI KOK CHUEN.

5 Comments so far

  1. Meral (unregistered) on March 21st, 2006 @ 4:44 am

    You too haven’t been at Picaso Exhibition? And because of the same reason?
    I’ve been waitig for the day when the exhibition wouldn’t be so crowded so that I could enjoy a work as long as and as isolated as I wish, and I wouldn’t be an obstacle others enjoying it. But it seems I’ll enjoy it either in a hasty way in the crowd or not attend it.

  2. erkan (unregistered) on March 21st, 2006 @ 10:59 am

    It looks like crowd-bashing, but that’s not my intention. Anyway, Meral you are not alone:)

  3. linus (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2006 @ 9:08 pm

    oh my! I’ll try to visit it tomorrow :)

  4. Meral (unregistered) on March 23rd, 2006 @ 9:50 am

    I skipped work and went to Picasso Exhibition yesterday. I was in Emirgan at 7:30 am, at 8:30 am several people already formed a queue; I didn’t take it seriously and went to Emirgan grove for a nice walk. At 9:15 I was in front of Sabancı Museum trying to believe my eyes: there were more than 100 people in the queue, many of them approaching,buses full of people were coming!…
    No matter how much I hate to wait, I took granted waiting in such a queue and tried to do my best by being there early. So I won’t complain about the queue. But when waiting there I saw ‘groups’ were coming and were taken into the exhibition without waiting. Come on! The groups get discount for entrance fee, what more should be done for them-for instance, they should not had to endure waiting in the queue even at the expense of ‘individuals’ waiting longer? From when on being an individual has become disadvantagous at exhibitions? Couldn’t they just take their part in the queue like we mortal individuals did? (Mind you I’m not talking about groups of little students but adult groups). Besides limited number of people are taken into the exhibition, and it’s very probable that you lose your turn because of those groups.
    If you manage to get into the museum another thing begins: you have to leave your bags in the cloakroom and a little plastic bag is thrust into your hands so that you can put your valuable things in it! Enjoying an exhibition when carrying a PLASTIC bag in your hands??? What an idea!!! Well, there are somethings that are not allowed to go into exhibition and I admit to prohibit them may be necessary (such as food and drink), but to carry a plastic bag in my hands is itself an obstacle for me to concentrate on the works. Besides how can one know what s/he’d need in there? The plastic bags are so small that you can only put your purse in it. What if one needs kleenex, a medicine (I needed my contact lense solution), or anything??? Putting several X-ray machines and making the forbidden things to be left in the cloakroom and letting people carry their bags is that unattainable?
    Go there, get a ticket, take your place in another queue, let the security see your ticket, leave your bags and get an piece of paper for your bag by showing your ticket when trying to decide what you may need there and how you can manage to put them in that small plastic bag, do this, do that, and just when you are about to say “Hey, I am at the door of Picasso” you are destined to hear a voice “Can I see your ticket?” What? Again? Where the fuck I might have put that ticket? Probably in the bag. Where is the bag? In the cloakroom, of course! Can’t you enter without showing your ticket one last time? NO! And you go back to cloakroom, tell the guys there you need to take something from your bag, search your bag for a little piece of paper, can’t find it, and go back to the final door when about to lose your mind and tell the guys it is impossible to get there without having showed your ticket several times already, and that you lost your ticket in all that chaos and so they have to let you in! But no there are rules…
    Yeap, there are rules and no respect for visitors.
    Maybe I am wrong but wouldn’t an exhibition be quite pointless without visitors? So why such disrespect attitude? Is it that much hard to organize things in a better way and don’t let the visitors to feel as if they are in a concentration camp?
    Sorry for writing that long, but I haven’t read anywhere things are like this, and so I’d like to warn others who’d like to go-at least they will be prepared what they’ll see before Picasso’s works and strengthen their nerves.
    And if you think I’m the only one who complains about the organization and so bitching, think twice…
    One final note: in yesterday’s Radikal I read the hours of the exhibition had extended. I don’t remember the exact opening hours. But nothing is said in the official website. Is it that much hard to update the website? So anyone willing to go there, check for the extended openings hours.
    But it is nice to have Picasso in İstanbul. Thanks anyway…

  5. fclinus (unregistered) on March 23rd, 2006 @ 9:57 pm

    I was there pretty early too but there was already an incredibly looong line and I just decided against waiting. I thought anyway I don’t want to push my way through people to see the paintings.

    such an extreme and sudden interest in picasso, right? is it only the right marketing strategies? I’m not quite sure what to make of it…

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