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INTERNATIONAL CONVERSATIONS WITH COLLECTORS:BILLUR TACIR

(2012-12-01 11:42:50)
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Interview: Jan Kage.

Text: Elena Sansigre, Hannah Nehb, Brian Poole

source from <</o:p>KUNST MAGAZIN>


During Gallery Weekend Berlin 2011, me Collectors Room Berlin, in collaboration with KUNST Magazin, hosted a conversation with the Turkish collector Ms. Billur Tacir. In order to better round off the current Turkish art scene, curator Dr.Gisela Winkelhofer and Sotheby’s director in Istanbul Ms. Oya Delahaye we are also invited. 


Frau Winkelhofer, could you give us an overview of the Turkish art scene? Does the government support it? Has Istanbul had, as European Capital of Culture in 2010, any influence on the local scene?


Dr. Gisela Winkelhofer: It’s fair to say that the art scene in Istanbul is growing. However, I am wondering why I do not see any Turkish artists present at international exhibitions. Where do they get help form? Neither the Turkish government nor the city of Istanbul is doing anything, which is strange in comparison with other European countries that invest quite a lot in contemporary art. I believe that there is a huge potential to develop something very special in Istanbul. The market is very economy is now growing in a similar way to the 60s in Germany, and the art community in Istanbul is also currently expanding.


In Istanbul, people live between two continents. Which artists are this city’s collectors interested in?


Oya Delahaye: Buying art started in the 80ies when Turkey opened its boundaries to the West. Its economy became more liberal, galleries opened, and independent Turkish artists started to be exhibited. People were getting wealthier and travelled more, and they started buying art, not only as an investment but also as a way to achieve happiness and satisfaction. As for the new artists’ profiles, there are more and more artists coming form the East, and more and more women artists, which was not the case before. The majority of Modern Turkish artists belonged to the bourgeoisie.

 

How do the Turkish artists view themselves: as a part of a global art discourse? Or are they anchored to the Turkish past, more related to calligraphies or the Islamic ban painting?

Oya Delahaye: No. Actually the Turkish artists are more intrigued by the West. That doesn’t mean they are trying to break with their Eastern traditions. Turks-and this started with the Ottomans-have always moved and have always been attracted to the West, to Europe.

 

Ms. Tacir, you studied in Pennsylvania. Actually you bought you first piece of there. Was it American art? What made you continue collecting art?

 

Billur Tacir: My interest in contemporary art did start at the Wharton Business School in Philadelphia, where I took a course on American contemporary art. I was really fascinated by the abstract expressionists and the pop artists. At that time I couldn’t afford to buy abstract expressionism, so the first piece I bought was an Andy Warhol print. I was really excited about owning a part of art history, owning a work form an weekend in museums and galleries. My passion grew when I met my husband Atilla, who also shares this passion.

 

What have you been collecting since you arrived back in Istanbul? Are you more into young Turkish art? Are there any trends that you like?

 

Billur Tacir: To be honest, my taste has been changing also because there has been such a development in Turkish art with o more Western approach. When I first came to Turkey, there was a greater focus on tradition. But the younger generation of artists are much more open to the West. It is really exciting to see how they are working with lots of different media.

 

Ms. Delahaye

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