On September 10, 2010, the Princes’ Islands Museum opened. It is the first museum to open on Büyükada Island, telling the story of the Prince’s islands from their early formation to the architecture, the history, the writers, poets and artists on the Prince’s Islands. If you are visiting Istanbul and enjoying the culture and art of the city this year, you should not miss a visit to the Princes’ Islands (Adalar) in the Sea of Marmara and the Prince’s Island Museum that has just opened.
The Princes' Islands Museum has opened
Getting to the Princes’ Islands is easy by ferry. There are plenty of hotels and bed & breakfast inns on the Islands for you to stay in. You must reserve a hotel room in advance, especially in the summer because the hotel rooms fill up fast. Watch out for tourist traps in the shops and restaurants because some tourists have been ripped off.
The Museum of the Princes’ Islands is located in the Adalar Müzesi Hangar Müze Binası, Aya Nikola Mevkii, Büyükada which is an old helicopter hangar. Exhibits include video installations, tours of the exquisite wooden houses and gardens of the Island and historical documents and objects from the varied and diverse cultural and ethnic peoples who emigrated to the Islands.
The Princes’ Islands are themselves some 600 million years old and the Museum presents an interesting geological history of the Islands. The name the Princes’ Islands originates from the islands history as a destination for exiled princes during Byzantine times.
Taking a break from the hustle and bustle of urban Istanbul, you will find a jaunt over to the Princes’ Islands will offer an enjoyable outing in a tranquil setting. Something more to do in Istanbul 2010.
The mythic Prometheus, the tragic god who stole fire for humanity, is coming to Istanbul in September, 2010. The Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency Theatre and Performing Arts Directorate, the Attis Festivalof Athens and the Stiftung Zollverein from Essen have joined together this joint project.
The three theatre groups, the Attis Theatre from Greece (Theodoros Terzoupoulos), Studio Players from Turkey (Şahika Tekand) and Rimini Protokoll have created a new vision of the Prometheus legend. The first two plays were staged in July in Istanbul. The final version of Prometheus is a film screening presented by the German theatre group, Rimini Protokoll, takes place on September 22, 2010, at the Istanbul Modern Cinema Hall. Tickets for this performance are free.
Helgard Haug and Daniel Wetzel of the artists’group Rimini Protokoll, bring their film production by Athina Tsangari and HAOS FILMS of Athens to Istanbul. It first debuted at the Hellenic Festival. Created at the Odeon theatre of Herodes Atticus, beneath the Acropolis, 103 citizens of Athens from age 2 to 92 years old participated in this event after being asked which character they most identified with. The questions asked in thisfilm was how we still relate and identify to the events and characters of ancient mythology and do they still have relevance for us today in the modern world.
Prometheus in Athens will be presented by Helgard Haug, Daniel Wetzel, Sebastian Brünger and Prodromos Tsingoris. The film is in Greek with Turkish subtitles and runs 110 minutes. Directed by Helgard Haug and Daniel Wetzel.
To view this film, Prometheus in Athens, September 22, 2010, at the Istanbul Modern Cinema Hall. Tickets for this performance are free of charge.
Contemporary art comes to the people of Istanbul under the title of “Portable Art” The portable art projects are to be found exhibiting throughout the 39 districts of Istanbul. The first exhibit opened in November of 2008 in Kartal, at the Bülent Ecevit Cultural Center. Throughout 2010, the Portable Art project has continued to move around the city. The goal of Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Visual Arts Directorate is to disseminate contemporary art to the People.
Prior to this project, contemporary art was only available in a limited number of places and audiences in Istanbul. This reality limited the number of people who could actually experience modern art. With the inception of Portable Art, the reach of this contemporary exhibit will extend to all of the 39 districts of Istanbul – bringing modern art to all of the people of Istanbul.
Memory City to 2010
Artists invited to contribute to this project were artist initiatives, collectives, independent artists and curators who could present portable art packages involving interactive art which involve audience participation. The aim of the Portable Art project is to develop a plural relationship between the work, the artists and the audience. The final goal is to find new audiences for contemporary art and exposure for new artists and their works in their own city, Istanbul in 2010.
One of the projects and exhibits to be held in the Portable Art Project is Memory City, the curator is Derya Yücel and the featured artists involved in the project are as follows:
Ahmet Elhan, Aslımay Altay, Berna İpek, Burcu Yağcıoğlu, Ceren Oykut, Emel Akın, Evrim Kavcar, Gülsün Karamustafa, Gözde İlkin, İlke İlter, İpek Duben, İrfan Önürmen, Kezban Arca Batıbeki, Nancy Atakan, Nermin Er, Olgu Ülkenciler, Ragıp Basmazölmez, and Yeşim Ağaoğlu.
Not only does this project democratize art, but it increases awareness of contemporary art and urban culture in the city of Istanbul.