April 14, 2011

Istanbul Artists’ Work to Be Displayed at MoMA

One of the world’s most important and valuable modern art museums, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, is hosting the works of a selection of İstanbul designers in May in their “Destination İstanbul” display, the ninth part of the larger “Destination: Design Series.”

The exhibition will display a range of contemporary pieces reflecting traditional Byzantine and Ottoman design, including a tulip (lale) inspired piece, “Lalegun” by young artist Özlem Tuna.

From May 12 to June 30, over 100 products from 25 young, emerging Turkish designers will be available for exclusive purchase from the MoMA design store and online. The collection will include a diverse range of goods including ornaments, jewelry and various other household or decorative furnishings. The works focuses on exemplifying İstanbul’s unique quality as a meeting point between East and West and old and new, using geometric textures, rhythmic lines and vibrant colors reflecting the cities rich Ottoman and Byzantine histories as the main source of inspiration.


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