Turkish Airlines brings modern art to Istanbul lounge
As part of an effort to promote modern art in Turkey, Turkish Airlines has partnered with Istanbul Modern to display a selection of paintings from the museum in the airline's Business Lounge at Istanbul Airport.
The exhibition, titled “A Selection from the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art Collection,” will include samples that represent the four main genres of Turkish modern art. Displayed pieces will be changed every four months.
The types of artwork included in the 130-square-meter exhibit will range from early 20th century landscape paintings to the abstract paintings blending Eastern and Western sensibilities that became popular during the 1950s, as well as compositions that "interpret cultural values of Anatolia with a new perspective," according to a press release from the airline.
Artists who will be featured in the lounge include: Şeref Akdik, Hakkı Anlı, Fethi Arda, Ferruh Başağa, Hasan Vecih Bereketoğlu, Aliye Berger, Nurullah Berk, Adnan Çoker, Nejad Melih Devrim, Abidin Dino, Neş’e Erdok, Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu, Hoca Ali Rıza, Hikmet Onat, Selim Turan and Fahrelnissa Zeid.
M. İlker Aycı, Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee for Turkish Airlines, said in a statement: “As the national flag carrier airline of Turkey, we hope to contribute to the national values of our country. This collaboration with Istanbul Modern allows passengers to turn their waiting time at Istanbul Airport into an exclusive cultural experience.”
Oya Eczacıbaşı, Chair of the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, also said of the partnership: “With these exhibitions we will not only introduce arts of Turkey to the world but also help waiting passengers to spend their time in a productive manner. Of course, we invite everyone who wishes to see more to visit the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art.”