Yapi Kredi Cultural Center Presents PastPresentFuture – Highlights from the UniCredit Collection

Featuring 90 International Works and Spanning Four Centuries of Art Selected works from across the UniCredit Art Collection and Yapı Kredi Art Collection

Yapi Kredi Cultural Center in Istanbul will host the exhibition titled “PastPresentFuture.” The UniCredit Art Collection, one of Europe’s largest corporate collections, is the source of this travelling exhibition which opens in Istanbul, European Capital of Culture for 2010, after the debut in Vienna in October 2009 and the stop in Verona last spring.

The exhibition will be open between November 6th 2010 and January 7th 2011. On display there will be works from the collections of the various banks of the Group. There will also be seven works from the Yapı Kredi Art Collection, including Osman Hamdi Bey’s Feraceli Kadınlar (Women Wearing Fullcoats, 1887) a masterpiece from the turn of the century in Istanbul.

Curated by UniCredit Art & Scientific Commission Chairman Walter Guadagnini, the exhibition spans four centuries European art history and creates a dialogue between eras and languages. With this exhibition, including 90 works, UniCredit’s significant art collection meets with Turkish art lovers for the first time.

The company’s artistic and cultural heritage is mainly derived from the collections of UniCredit in Italy, HypoVereinsbank in Germany and Bank Austria. It comprises 60,000 works that together capture the history of art from ancient Greece and classical Rome to the present day. The collection, which is currently being studied and re-catalogued, is a trans-European museum that can be experienced in the Group’s main offices and at the sites of its institutional partners in culture.

The show’s concept is based on a variety of languages and allows visitors to see the past through contemporary eyes and to look from the present towards the future. From ancient works by significant painters including Giovanni Girolamo Savoldo and Dosso Dossi, the exhibition moves to collages by Kurt Schwitters and canvases by Giorgio de Chirico, to installations by such artists as Tony Cragg, Stephen Balkenhol and Giulio Paolini, and to photographs by Andreas Gursky and Thomas Struth.

Yapı Kredi has been a natural part of cultural life in Turkey since its foundation in 1944 as the patron of a private art collection, exhibitions and publications. Yapı Kredi possesses an important growing art collection which comprises works of Turkish and foreign artists. Yapı Kredi Cultural Activities, Arts and Publishing Inc. realizes all events with the aim of enriching the culture and art life of the country and to make varied forms of contemporary and high quality art available to all. Its raison d’être is to spread art and culture, to a wider audience. The company aims to enrich continuously the cultural and artistic life of Turkey.

Yapı Kredi Cultural Activities, Arts and Publishing has a publishing house and art galleries. Yapı Kredi Publications (YKY) the largest and one of the most influential publishing houses in Turkey, started its activities in 1949. YKY aims to offer its readers a most carefully chosen selection of the highest quality of works from Turkish and world literature. It also continues to publish books on contemporary art, monographs of prominent artists, archeology books and exhibition catalogues with leading names in their fields. With its variety of books and periodicals it has printed its 3.200th book in November 2010, Yapı Kredi Publications this year published more than 180 first editions and 400 reprints, amounting to 1 million books and 19 periodicals.

Image: Giulio Paolini, “Three by Three (Everybody is Somebody Else or Nobody),” 1998–1999/2008. Three plaster casts (h 130 cm) and three opaque white stands (h 15 cm). Art Collection UniCredit. © Giulio Paolini. Photo: courtesy of Archivio Giulio Paolini.

Yapı Kredi Cultural Center
161 Beyoğlu, Istanbul
Tel: + 90 212 252 47 00 (pbx)


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