The Garden of Senses, St. Antoine Church, Istanbul
THE GARDEN OF SENSES
Duration: 30 October 2021 - 14 November 2021
Participating artists: Ayla Turan, Cem Sağbil, Jake Michael Singer, Kemal Tufan, Sinan Polvan
Curator: Sinan Polvan
Creative Director: Taner Yılmaz
In the context of Beyoğlu Culture Road Festival, which is held for the first time by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, Muse Contemporary is hosting two contemporary art exhibitions in two of Beyoğlu’s most important historical places.
About Beyoğlu Culture Road Festival
Beyoğlu Culture Road Festival is organized by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey. The Festival, which is held for the first time this year between October 30 and November 14, 2021, is planned to continue in the coming years as a traditional culture and art event with increasing international participation.
The Garden of Senses
The second exhibition is held in the garden of St Antoine Church, which is a basilica and the largest Roman Catholic Church of Istanbul.
Placed at the entrance garden of the church, the exhibition shows five emblematic works of five important sculptors: Ayla Turan, Cem Sağbil, Jake Michael Singer, Kemal Tufan, Sinan Polvan
Curator Sinan Polvan explains the experience :
“For most people, art consists only of sensual stimuli and pleasures; for others, it is a language in which the human soul illuminates the world they live in. Art is a means of expression that stimulates the senses and activates the emotions of a whole view of life with acquired experiences.’’
EDMAN, Irwin, Art and the Man - A Short Introduction to Aesthetics.
About St. AntoineThe original St. Anthony of Padua Church was built in 1725 by the local Italian community of Istanbul. It was later demolished and in 1912 the building was reconstructed by the Istanbulite Levantine architect Giulio Mongeri in Neo- Gothic style on the same location.
Today, the church is visited by locals and tourists, with almost 3.000 visitors a day.