Nine Exhibitions consisting of 227 Works exclusively made for Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts opened by Minister of Economy and Energy Hasan Taçoy

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Nine Exhibitions consisting of 227 Works exclusively made for Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts opened by Minister of Economy and Energy Hasan Taçoy

9 separate exhibitions consisting of 227 artworks exclusively made for the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts was opened by the Minister of Economy and Energy, Hasan Taçoy with intensive participation of artists and art lovers.

The exhibitions consist of 42 printmaking works of 7 printmaking artists from Turkey, 85 printmaking works in two solo exhibitions of Printmaking Artist Dr. Gokhan Okur, 6 works of 3 artists from Germany, 4 works of 2 artists from Lithuania, 8 works of 2 artists from Belarus, 27 works of 5 artists from Kazakhstan, 42 works of Kazakh artist Manatbek Amanbayev and 13 works of Kosovo artist Ethem Baymak.

The exhibitions consist of 42 works of Funda Altın and Hatice Çöklü from Ordu University, Burcu Bayazıt, Elif Beyaz, Emre Çalış and Yasemin Kaplan from Hacettepe University, and Yunus Torun from Erciyes University, 85 works of Gökhan Okur, 6 works of German artists Gabriele Schaffartzık Kleffmann, Folke Lindenblatt Kretzschmar and Karl Heinz Daxl, and 4 works of Lithuanian artists Mindaugas Juodis, Dijana Rudokiene, 8 works of artists Marta Shmatava, Ilona Kosobuko and Viktoryia Krupskaya from Belarus, 27 works of Kazakh artists İssim Arstanov, Manatbek Amanbayev, Zhanat Koshen, Almas Nurgozhayev and Aizhan Omirbayeva, 39 printmaking works and 3 oil paintings of Kazakh artist Manatbek Amanbayev, 13 works of Kosovo artist Ethem Baymak will be opened by the Minister of Economy and Energy Hasan Taçoy.

According to the information provided by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of the Near East University, the Ministry of Economy and Energy Hasan Taçoy realized the opening of nine separate exhibitions consisting of 227 works at the Near East University İrfan Günsel Congress Center Exhibition Hall and Faculty of Dentistry Exhibition Hall. The opening ceremonies were attended by Founding Rector Dr. Suat İrfan Günsel, Foreign Affairs Director of the Autonomous Region of Gagauzia, vice-rectors, deans, lecturers, artists and guests.

Prof. Dr. Şanlıdağ: “Exhibitions are in the potential to be counted as International…”
In the opening speech of the exhibitions, Vice Rector of Near East University Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ said that within the scope of the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts project they realized the 160th exhibition and that today’s exhibitions that are part of a large project can be considered as an international project even alone.

Stating that a total of artists from Turkey, Lithuania, Germany, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kosovo shared their 227 artworks in four solo and five group exhibitions, Prof. Dr. Sanlidag shared information about the exhibitions.

Prof. Dr. Şanlıdağ “In the print painting exhibition 7 Turkish academics and artists from Ordu University are taking place. The Near East University Print Painting Artist Residence has an internationally recognized work discipline that includes all traditional printing methods. In the group exhibition of German artists, we will see the landscapes created with symbolic images, the city concept associated with the image of fish and the symbolic expression in the images created by the animation style. In the exhibition created by Lithuanian artists, we will see the figures depicted in the individual’s inner and psychological states, the works associated with the concepts of infinity and emptiness. At the group exhibition of Belarusian Artists, the compositions created by metaphysical painting, the color compositions in which the city landscapes and architectural elements are abstracted, and the figures created with expressive color and spontaneous strokes are meeting with the art lovers. At the group exhibition of the Kazakh artists, the life of the Kazakh people, horses and simple daily life, environment, women’s energy, works, intimate human relations, and landscapes are depicted, and Kosovo artist Ethem Baymak expresses the character of Balkan cities.”

The Concepts we think most about Life and Death…
Vice Rector Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ, commented on Dr. Gökhan Okur’s solo exhibition titled Fishbone and stated that a fiction was made on the dialectics of life and death in Dr. Okur’s artworks…

Prof. Dr. Şanlıdağ said “Bacon likens people’s fear of death to children’s fear of entering a dark place. Seneca says “The fuss around death is more terrible than death itself. Things like moaning, tattoos, weeping relatives, black mourning clothes, burial ceremonies make death terrible. The point not to be overlooked is that even one emotion in the human heart is capable of overcoming death. Epicurus said, As long as we exist, there is no death, and when death comes you are not there, so why fear death? Since we have overcome fears like this, I am ready to give you the secret of a life full of pleasure.” He gives the secrets of overcoming the fear of death. Those who live in the best possible way, will also meet death with silence. But what does really living mean? Bacon describes living as such; It is the living of a human being with a great purpose in his heart.

Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts is a Mega Project Worldwide…
Kosovo artist Ethem Baymak, in his speech, described the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts as a mega project worldwide and read the poem titled “A tired gramophone plays in Rumelia, you continue to wait for hedjaz…”. There is a bond between the Turkish Cypriot people and the Kosovo Turkish people. Baymak said: “After the withdrawal of the Ottomans, as Kosovo Turks we fought our own struggle as much as we could in order to keep the Turkish culture alive. There is a connection between the Turkish Cypriot people and the Kosovo Turks. For many years, we have fought hard under the pressure of other nations. Our common point was just to stay away from the main country. We protected our culture, art and language against all difficulties. We were fascinated by the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts. A mega project worldwide. For taking this initiative to embrace the Turkish world, I congratulate Dr. Suat Günsel. It’s a beautiful thing to take care of your own people. As long as we stayed here, we had the opportunity to meet our fellows from Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan and other countries.

“We would like to express our gratitude to Suat Günsel…”
Speaking on behalf of the Lithuanian artists, Mindaugas Juodis said, “We would like to express our gratitude to Dr. Suat Günsel for every step he has taken towards the spiritual development of societies and countries. I would also like to pay my respects to you for giving us the opportunity to be here today and for your support. ”

“We thank Suat Günsel…”
Speaking on behalf of the Belarusian artists, Ilona Kosobuko said, “Today we are opening our exhibition with my friends and colleagues. Thank you for being here from the beginning and for sharing this happiness with us. Dr. Suat Günsel, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for giving us the opportunity to experience this moment.”

We are honored to be a part of the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts
On behalf of German artists, Gabriele Schhartzik said, “I would like to say that we are honored to be a part of the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts Project and art collection. We had a pleasant time in the studios and inspired us about the future. We thank Hasan Zeybek for his support.”

We are proud to be a part of Cyprus Modern Art Museum which is a magnificent project…
On behalf of the artists of Kazakhstan, Zhanat Koshen said, “I would like to express our gratitude on behalf of Kazakh artists. Throughout the process of our studies here, we have learned new techniques, we have met talented artists from different countries, we have found new friends, and within this short time, we became a whole. We also had the opportunity to touch the rich history and beautiful nature of Northern Cyprus. Dr. Suat Günsel, I would like to express my eternal gratitude to you for the realization of this exhibition and for making us live this moment. I would like to say that we are proud to be a part of Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts. I would like to express my gratitude to the entire Near East University Family for their warm welcome, support and interest.”

We are proud to take part in this big project that embraces art…
Speaking on behalf of the artists from Turkey, Burcu Bayazıt said “We, as a group of MA students vrom Hacettepe University and Erciyes University, are pleased to be a part of the project of Near East University. While we are proud to be among the founders of the Cyprus Museum of Modern Art, we have taken part in a major project that embraces art and has enabled us to become part of the whole. Thanks to Dr. Suat Günsel and everyone who contributed. Breathing this atmosphere was a special and valuable experience. We are pleased to share our works with you. I would like to thank you all on behalf of my friends.”

Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts carries a great mission…
Kazakh artist Manatbek Amanbayev said: “I would like to express my respects and eternal gratitude to Dr. Suat Günsel. The project of the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts lead by Dr. Suat Günsel has a major mission. Here, with the vastness of art, the culture, history and future of different peoples are knotted together. Personally, I am pleased and proud to be part of this amazing project. I am very happy to have my personal exhibition opened on the eve of my birthday. Beauty surely saves this world ”.

An Exhibition about Dialectics Between Life and Death…
Speaking at the opening of his Solo Print Painting exhibition held at the Near East University Faculty of Dentistry Exhibition Hall, the artist-academician Dr. Gökhan Okur also expressed his gratitude to Dr. Suat Günsel for the financial and moral support to the realization of the his exhibition titled “Fishbone”. Stating that he was happy to be a part of Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts, Okur said, “I believe that traditional production methods are a privilege for artists and designers. I also think that technology is a factor that constantly changes the art and design, reshapes it or carries it to different dimensions. I combine it with the traditional methods while reproducing it by computer. The philosophy of my work is that I produce it as an alternative to natural beings, as one of the creatures that construct forms, structures or systems against nature. The exhibition of Fishbone also emerged basically from this philosophy. I tried to construct this exhibition on the dialectics of death and life. The Greek philosopher Epicure said that one should not fear death, but that there is no death in life, and that when death comes, people disappear. Although one cannot achieve this while dreaming of being immortal, he has achieved immortality with what he had done during his lifetime. The shape of the bone was chosen from the fact that the history bone went back 300 thousand years ago and that it is the fact that we were able to be familiar with many living things with the help of remains of bones. This exhibition can be considered as the remains of the future.”

Minister Taçoy: “Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts is a treasure of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus…”
Minister of Economy and Energy Hasan Taçoy said that the Museum of Modern Art, a first in the world with 160 exhibitions and tens of thousands of artworks under the signature of Near East University that has put into the education sector many things in 41 years, is a treasure of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Minister Taçoy: “For the treasury of the Near East University I congratulate Dr. Suat İrfan Günsel. Although it is hard for me to understand the opening of an exhibition consisting of 227 artworks from six different countries, I would like to say this is really magnificient .”

Taçoy stated that he had different emotions when he came to each exhibition and said, “Some days I bring a very nice sound in the color revel. Some days, I can keep silence in the harmony of those colors. I try to explain my historical feelings like a speaker with everything. Some days I try to make speeches that are romantic and carry the importance of the meaning given to us. It is impossible for me to express how much this culture of art and richness has affected my life and human life. We should not pass through just by sayint “It’s just a picture”. We are faced with an event that makes us feel richer and richer. All of these beauties have a composition that has different meanings to our line of life. I would like to congratulate the Near East University for bringing this idea to life.

There is an art festival atmosphere…
“Nine separate exhibitions in one day are like an art festival. If you go to a festival you will not encounter such works. Simply wonderful, ”said Hasan Taçoy, Minister of Economy and Energy, referring to Gökhan Okur’s Solo Painting Exhibition named Fishbone.

Minister Taçoy said, “It is a separate ability to associate an element that human beings see as garbage with death and philosophy of life. I congratulate you.,People from all over the world are here with us. Human beings die and perhaps life ends for them, but the culture and art of those who come after them continue in these halls. We are experiencing an adventure with more than 15 thousand works of all kinds within the sentimentality of Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts brought into life by Suat Günsel. I’m glad to be here.”

Silver Key Honor Award presented with Certificate of Appreciation, Bust opened…
After the speeches delivered by Hasan Economy and Energy Minister Hasan Taçoy, Ethem Baymak, Kosovo, Lithuania, Belarus, Germany, Kazakhstan and Turkey artists were given the certificates of appreciation. The Kazakh artist Manatbek Amanbayev was awarded the Silver Key Honor Award, and Dr. Gökhan Onur was presented the Khoresmy Award within the scope of Alasya Awards and his portrait sculpture was opened.

Exhibitions visited…
Afterwards, 9 separate exhibitions, consisting of five group exhibitions and four solo exhibitions, were opened. The exhibitions can be visited between the hours of 08.00-16.00 on weekdays at İrfan Günsel Congress Center Exhibition Hall and Faculty of Dentistry Exhibition Hall until October 31, 2019.