Turkish art exhibit in Taipei hopes to inspire interest in Istanbul

Taipei, Sept. 11 (CNA) An upcoming exhibition in Taipei featuring paintings and prints by Turkish artists hopes to inspire Taiwanese people's interest in Istanbul, as Taiwan and Turkey continue to see closer ties following the launch of bilateral direct flights in March, according to the organizers. "The City of Sultans: Istanbul, Two Painters, One City" exhibition will run from Sept. 12 to Oct. 7 in the art gallery of Chinese Culture University's School Of Continuing Education. The exhibition will feature 42 watercolor paintings and silkscreen prints by Turkish artists Isil Ozisik and Devrim Erbil, said Ismet Erikan, representative of the Turkish Trade Office in Taipei, which is jointly organizing the exhibition with the university. "Most of the artworks are from the landmark places of Istanbul, like Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Bosphorus, Maiden's Tower, Galata Tower, and Taksim Square," Erikan told CNA on Thursday. "It will give an idea of the city, not in photographs, but in the form of paintings," he said. All of the artworks are about Istanbul and the majority was created exclusively for the Taipei exhibition, Erikan said. Since the launch of direct flights between Taipei and Istanbul in March, Istanbul has become a focal point for many Taiwanese tourists, he said. Highlighting the city's rich cultural history left by the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires, Erikan said he hopes the exhibition will offer Taiwanese art lovers something different from what they are used to seeing in local galleries. The exhibition is part of a series of activities during Turkish Month, which is jointly organized by the Turkish office and Chinese Culture University. The month-long series also includes Turkish cuisine workshops, a lecture and a live demonstration of Turkish water marbling art (Ebru). (By Christie Chen)