October 23, 2011

20th Century Artist Aksel Under Spotlight at Taksim Gallery Show


A collection of works by 20th century Turkish artist Malik Aksel is on view at İstanbul’s Taksim Art Gallery, shedding some light on this little-known master of watercolor.

Titled “Ressam-Yazar-Koleksiyoncu” (Painter-Author-Collector), the exhibition is curated by Mehmet Lütfi Şen with author Beşir Ayvazoğlu as advisor. Running through Nov. 2, the exhibition presents around 100 watercolors and oils on canvas by Aksel, who passed away in 1987.

Yet the collection on view is not enough to fully discover Aksel’s entire artistic career.

Ayvazoğlu and Şen hope for a retrospective that will also include his masterpieces. The current exhibition, in a way, lays the foundation for such a retrospective.

The current display brings together around 100 watercolors and oils on canvas from the private collection of Aksel’s son, Murat Aksel, and an 81-piece collection of public lithographs, on loan from the Bursa Municipal Museum.

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