The Istanbul Museum of Painting and Sculpture
Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Istanbul Museum of Painting and Sculpture
The Istanbul Museum of Painting and Sculpture (IMPS), which is the first museum of plastic arts in Türkiye and affiliated with Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, presents an important panorama of Turkish art history from the late 19th century.
Ottoman period to the end of the 20th century. In addition, IMPS hosts a variety of interesting exhibitions, concerts, workshops, panels, and artist meetings as part of its cultural and art program. Located in Galataport Istanbul, in the Clock Tower Square, the museum can be visited every day except Mondays, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
The IMPS painting collection is the most extensive archive of our century-old history. The painting collection of the museum includes; The Elvah-ı Nakşiye collection, which consists of 141 pieces and is the first collection created outside the palace, works belonging to Osman Hamdi Bey, the founder of Sanayi-i Nefise Mektebi; works by important artists of the 19th century landscape and figure painting, artists of the 1914 generation and the 1920s to 1940s, works by painters working in the late Cubist and Art Deco style who were active until the 1950s, and works by important artists and artist groups of Turkish painting in the Republican period from the 1950s to the 1980s, when the abstract style began to emerge.
IMPS sculpture collection can be regarded as the most important archive of the Turkish sculpture art from the last quarter of the 19th century to the 20th century. Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, with which the museum is affiliated, has the distinction of being the first institution to provide sculpture education. The IMPS sculpture collection includes works of the university’s earliest predecessor, Sanayi-i Nefise Mektebi’s sculpture tutor Yervant Osgan and works by his students İhsan Özsoy, İsa Behzat, Mahir Tomruk. Besides, it also houses works from Ali Hadi Bara, Zühtü Müritoğlu, Nusret Suman, İlhan Koman, Şadi Çalık and Kuzgun Acar, some of the most important names of the Turkish sculpture art. The collection shapes contemporary Turkish sculpture art from the Late Ottoman period to the 1980s. It is the most comprehensive modern Turkish sculpture collection in Türkiye with works by prominent artists.
IMPS Ceramics Collection is a special collection consisting of 257 works. Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (Academy of the Fine Arts), with which the museum is affiliated, has been influential in raising artists who have made significant contributions to the development of contemporary Turkish ceramics art with the ceramic department chair established in 1929. Our ceramics collection includes works by leading ceramics artists such as İsmail Hakkı İzzet, Nasip İyem, Atilla Galatalı and Erdinç Bakla.
The IMPS calligraphy collection includes colophons by the last masters of the Ottoman Calligraphy: Necmettin Okyay, Beşiktaşlı Hacı Nuri Korman, Macit Ayral, İsmail Hakkı Altunbezer. The rare examples of the last masters of Turkish calligraphy are among the cornerstones of this collection.
To explore all collections: https://irhm.msgsu.edu.tr/en/collections/
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