Fikret Muallâ Exhibition Opened at Folkart Gallery

Folkart Gallery is hosting the free and original palette of the Paris School, Fikret Muallâ, in its first exhibition of 2020. The exhibition titled “A Lonely and Wounded Life: Fikret Muallâ” was opened to visitors at Folkart Gallery.

İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer, İzmir Deputy Governor Erhan Günay, Bayraklı District Mayor Serdar Sandal, Narlıdere District Mayor Ali Engin as well as leading figures of the city attended the opening ceremony held at the Folkart Gallery. At the same time, actress, director, art director and writer Tamer Levent, cinema and theater actress Zeliha Berksoy and famous painter Ali Kotan were among the names who came to the opening of the exhibition. The opening of the exhibition, attended by hundreds of guests, attracted great attention.

Soyer: “I am proud to host Fikret Mualla”

Speaking at the opening of the exhibition, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer said, “It is a very historical and exciting day. It is a great honor to host Fikret Muallâ in Izmir. Izmir has always been the city of art and artists. I hope that İzmir will host many more from now on. Fikret Muallâ's greatness comes not only from his genius but also from his extraordinary power of abstraction. What has moved humanity forward has always been the power of abstraction. That's why I'm proud that Izmir hosts a master like Fikret Muallâ. I would like to express my gratitude to the entire Folkart family and Mesut Sancak.”

Sancak: “We are ready to do our part”

Folkart Chairman of the Board Mesut Sancak said, “We are opening our 15th exhibition in İzmir. We hosted 600,000 art lovers in 15 exhibitions. We are happy to contribute to İzmir's goal of becoming a city of culture and art. I would also like to state that we are ready to give all kinds of support to the works of our Izmir Metropolitan Municipality and our honorable Mr. Tunç Soyer, which aims to make Izmir a city of culture and art.”

Levent: “We Are Becoming A Historical Main Witness”

Actress, director, art director and writer Tamer Levent said, “This is a very important night, a historical moment. Because for the first time in Turkey, an Fikret Muallâ exhibition of this scale is being opened. You, the esteemed guests attending this opening, are witnessing a historical moment.”

Cinema and theater actress Zeliha Bersoy also talked about the memories of Semiha Berksoy, who is the first opera singer of Turkey, about Fikret Muallâ, emphasizing how important Fikret Muallâ is.

About the Exhibition

The exhibition titled “A Lonely and Wounded Life: Fikret Muallâ” features 55 works of the artist. In the exhibition, letters, books and personal belongings of the artist; meets with his works compiled from personal and corporate collections. The exhibition, whose project director is Fahri Özdemir, can be visited free of charge until May 17, 2020. The exhibition will be open to art lovers 6 days a week except Mondays. Folkart Gallery is open between 10.00-19.00 on weekdays and 10.00-18.00 on weekends.

An Extraordinary Life

Fikret Muallâ, the extraordinary brush of the period described as the “Paris School” in Turkish art history, is meeting with art lovers with the first exhibition to be opened in the new year at Izmir Folkart Gallery. Fikret Muallâ Respect; It is mentioned in the same "school" with signatures such as Avni Arbaş, Hakkı Anlı, Albert Bitran, Hale Asaf, Abidin Dino, Nejad Melih Devrim, Remzi Pasha, and Mübin Orhon. Fikret Muallâ Saygı, who is also noted for his bohemian and extraordinary life, will meet with art lovers with 55 original works, all of which are registered and certified. It was prepared in a 400-page album specially for the exhibition.

About His Works

The subjects of Fikret Muallâ's paintings are mostly everyday details of Parisian life such as cafes, circuses and streets. Taking the people of the bohemian environment he lives in as the subject of his painting, Muallâ is known for his skillful use of oil paint with watercolor and gouache, although he was more close to the gouache technique and was able to work very quickly with this technique. In academic and critical circles, the opinion that the artist, who does not work on the theoretical problems of painting, does not participate in contemporary movements is dominant.

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