SMYRNA IN THE 18TH AND 19TH CENTURIES: A WESTERN PERSPECTIVE

25 September 2013 - 29 December 2013

With the help of the narratives of Western travelers who visited Izmir in the 18th and 19th centuries, this exhibition presents an opportunity to see the city – which used to be one of the most important centers of trade, diplomacy and culture of the Ottoman Empire—from another perspective.

 

With its deeply rooted history, the vividness and the richness created by the coming together of different cultures, Izmir has attracted the attention of many travelers on their journeys to the east and has thus become the subject of many works. The exhibition presents the viewers with a journey of Izmir from the perspectives of travelers, who, in 18th and 19th centuries set off from Marseille—the most important port of the Western Mediterranean—and reached Izmir via the sea. It provides a reflection of Izmir of the past, in the light of travel books, photographs, etchings, paintings in addition to documents about trade, population and social life from the era.

 

Within the scope of the exhibition are around three hundred documents and artworks which have been collected from leading European museums, libraries and private collections and most of which have never been exhibited before.

 

CONTRIBUTING MUSEUMS AND INSTITUTIONS

 

England

The British Museum, London

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

 

France

Musée du Louvre, Paris

Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris

Musée des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux

Bibliothèque municipale, Lyon

CCI Marseille Provence

Musée des Augustins, Toulouse

Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris

Bibliothèque/Musée de l’Opéra, Paris

 

The Netherlands

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

 

Switzerland

Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne

 

Turkey

Arkas Maritime History Center

French Institute of Anatolian Research, Istanbul

Italian Consulate, Izmir

 

Private Collections

Lucien Arkas Collection, Izmir

Alex Baltazzi Collection, Izmir

Pietro & Aldo Braggiotti Collection, Izmir

Brian Giraud Collection , Izmir

Verbeke-Guiffray Collection, Cannes

Pierre de Gigord Collection, Paris

Guy Meyer Collection, Paris

Private Collection, Paris

Private Collection, Bruxelles