2014 Polish Year in Turkey
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Two major exhibitions in Istanbul, Polish film reviews, concerts and up-to-date art presentations throughout Turkey, alongside a survey of Turkish art in Poland. The Polish year in Turkey lays the groundwork for a fundamental reinterpretation of Polish-Turkish history - what are we exporting and what will there be to see in Poland?
Two major exhibitions presenting Polish-Turkish cultural heritage, Karol Szymanowski's Symphony No.3 ("Oriental"), Bruno Schulz's Sklepy cynamonowe / The Street of Crocodiles performed in the form of a traditional Turkish shadow play, Masłowska's Dwoje biednych Rumunów mówiących po polsku / A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians in Istanbul, a Don't Panic! showcase, Chopin and Penderecki as well as a large dose of Polish folk music - these are merely some of the elements of the Polish culture invasions of Turkey planned for 2014.
The program, coordinated by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, includes projects of the diplomatic missions of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Turkey, as well as local governmental and cultural institutions. The events are organized in cooperation with Turkish partners.
Polish culture in Turkey? Why?
The 600th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries serves as a pretext for the 2014 Polish Year in Turkey. According to the "Kroniki" / "Chronicals" of Poland's most famous historical chronicler Jan Długosz, the historical event took place four years after the Battle of Grunwald, which would point to the year 1414, when Sultan Mehmed I Çelebi entertained the first Polish diplomatic mission at his court in what was then the capital of the Empire - Bursa. That marked the beginning of the rather stormy history of Polish-Turkish relations which consisted of bitter wars (in which the Republic of Poland played the role of the outpost of Christianity), and long periods of peace, when Turkey or rather the Ottoman Empire, was the only country to defend Polish sovereignty and waited for the envoy from Lechistan.
Trade and cultural ties flourished and developed between the two countries throughout history. The latter were expressed through the fascinating stories of individual people: Wojciech Bobowski (aka Ali Ufki), Michał Czajkowski (or Sadyka Paszy), Adam Mickiewicz (who became famous in Turkey because of his political activities in establishing Jewish legions), Stanisław Chlebowski (a court painter) – their fates were linked to the Country of the Crescent Moon. These links will be shown through exhibitions, concerts and other forms of presentation of Polish culture, which the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, responsible for the programme and its execution, prepared for this year. The main part of the cultural programme will be presented between April and October 2014, but the inauguration is scheduled for March.
...And for a catalogue of all events throughout the 2014 Polish Year in Turkey, stay tuned at: turkiye.culture.pl/en
600 years of relations...
The exhibition Distant Neighbor Close Memories. 600 years of Polish - Turkish relations will be opened at the inauguration of the year at the Sakip Sabanci Museum in Istanbul (March 6th - June 15th 2014). It presents monuments of Turkish and Polish art: prints, manuscripts, artwork and original documents exchanged between the kings of Poland and the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire. They exemplify centuries of relations on the diplomatic, military, trade and cultural levels as well as in the sphere of Polish-Turkish inter-human contacts. Emphasis will be put on the role of the capitals - Bursa and Kraków as centres of political and cultural power. Bursa will also be presented as a hub for the production and export of fabrics (to Poland among others).
Polish Orientalism in Turkey
The second important exhibition, Orientalism in Polish paintings, drawings and graphics will open in the spring. Works of Polish artists from the 17th to the beginning of the 19th century will be displayed at the Pera Museum in Istanbul. Among them are a Sarmatian portrait and the drawings of Jan Christian Kamsetzer from his journey to Turkey. The majority of exhibition pieces are thematically linked to Ottoman Turkey, while others refer to the Middle East and North Africa.
Stanisław Chlebowski, who between 1864–1876 worked as a court painter for Sultan Abdülaziz in Constantinople, will receive a special place in the Pera Museum exhibition.
Prior to that, in February, the Pera Museum will embark on a presentation of Polish films. Screened over a couple of months, the films are divided into thematic programmes: Orientalism in Polish film, Masters of Polish cinema: Agnieszka Holland & Roman Polański, contemporary Polish cinema, animations and experimental animation.
Between March and September, the Pera Museum will also host a presentation of the most recent music from Poland. Artists exploring the borders between different musical genres will perform within the framework of six presentations. Among the musicians are Marcin Masecki, Soniamiki, Paula & Karol.
Szymanowski and Penderecki
In the picture: Krzysztof Penderecki., photo by. Grzegorz Ziemiański / Krakow Festival Office
The Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra will perform four concerts in Istanbul and Izmir in June (among the soloists are pianists Piotr Anderszewski and Fazil Say, viola player Jurij Bashmet and violinist Julian Rachlin). The concerts will be directed by Jakub Hrusa, Krzysztof Penderecki and Andres Mustonen. With special consideration for Polish composers Karol Szymanowski and Krzysztof Penderecki, the ensemble, will present works of European composers.
Presenting the best and newest trends, songs and musicians of current Polish music, the tested and much enjoyed format Don't Panic! We're From Poland will travel to Turkey in the second half of the year. Polish musicians will also perform at the Istanbul Jazz Festival.
Music alla polacca, alla turca
Arte dei Suonatori, the most titled Polish baroque orchestra will travel to Turkey with the alla polacca, alla turca programme presenting the influence of traditional Turkish music and Polish folk music on 18th century classical music (the programme includes among others G.Ph.Telemann, W.A.Mozart)
Wojciech Bobowski, aka Ali Ufki
The Saz Ü Söz – Music and Words – a Pole in a serail project dedicated to an exceptional figure Wojciech Bobowski, musician and translator known as Ali Ufki (17th century) is off to a good start. Among the works presented by the creators of the project, the bands Capella Cracoviensis and Pera Ensemble, is Ufki's Psalms - a syncretic work merging traditions form the East and the West.
Polish-Turkish folk music
The programme will not lack Polish traditional musical (aka folk). A cycle of joint workshops for Turkish and Polish musicians which will culminate in a joint concert will be taking place at the Instrument Museum in Izmir (MÜZİKSEV). Can Polish folk music become a "bridge" between the music culture of East and West? The theory will be tested by Janusz Prusinowski Trio, Monodia Polska led by Adam Strug and Ewa Grochowska's Band of Singers.
Proust and Pamuk
The project Proust - Pamuk - Memory will premiere at the Istanbul Theatre Festival in June 2014. A merger between show and installation which joins theatre and cinema, it is based on the texts of Orhan Pamuk (Museum of Innocence, Istanbul—Memories and the City ) and Marcel Proust (In search of lost time). Both texts refer to the categories of memory and identity, for the directors - Emre Koyuncuoğlu and Krzysztof Garbaczewski - they provide a platform for the search of common European experiences for both Poles and Turks, putting emphasis at the same time on the cultural differences between the widely understood traditions of the West and the East.
TR and Masłowska in Turkish...
A presentation of shows by TR Warszawa will take place at the same festival, within the framework of the Istanbul Theatre Festival. They will present as many as four shows made by the Grzegorz Jarzyna theatre (among others Nosferatu and Między nami dobrze jest / No Matter How Hard We Tried).
Coming out as well is the Turkish version of Dorota Masłowska's two plays commissioned by TR Warszawa: Między nami dobrze jest/ "All is well between us" and Dwoje biednych Rumunów mówiących po polsku / "A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians"
The premiere of the performance The Street of Crocodiles - Tarçin Dükkânlari 2014 based on the writing of Bruno Schulz, is a project of Kubuś Puppet and Actors Theatre from Kielce and the Turkish Cengiz Özek Shadow Theatre. It's an attempt at familiarising the young Turkish public with the classics of Polish literature in contemporary interpretation by Polish and Turkish artists. The performance makes use of the traditional Turkish shadow theatre technique (karagöz) with the participation of the world renowned puppeteer and master of animation Cengiz Özeka and talented Polish creators of the young generations, director Robert Drobniuch and composer Karol Nepelski among others. (October 2014)
The performance Herszek / Herschele, based on the stories of Janusz Korczak, is directed towards the youngest viewers. Theatre workshops for the youngest Turkish actors, led by Polish creators (A. Biernacki, P. Danecka) will culminate with the creation of a 50 minute long show for children in Turkish. It will be presented later on in Istanbul and Bursa.
Polish fairytale in Turkey
The performance Złote serce / "Golden Heart" based on motifs from Polish folk tales, four theatre workshops and a multimedia exhibition of the artistic output of Polish set designers will build the Polish programme during the Istanbul International Puppet Theatre Festival (7-15 May 2014).
Vernacularism, or New Locality
The New Locality Workshop is a complex and interdisciplinary project, which, in an attractive and experimental form will show new Polish design culture from the years 2000-2013. The common denominator of the Polish and Turkish part of the project will be contemporary vernacularism, in other words, the groundroots design made by the inhabitants and their interpretations made by professionals, which will make the exploration of common motifs in Polish and Turkish visual and material culture possible.
The idea behind the project is the creation of an alternative "centre" of Polish design in a popular Istanbul district. An exhibition, a book-bindery, a retro print workshop, a design studio and a coffee house will be brought together for three weeks in a district famous for its craftsmanship and tourism. Practitioners and theoreticians will carry out workshops, creative actions, critical lectures, educational activities and graphic services for the inhabitants.
Kieślowski in Turkey
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A full retrospective of Krzysztof Kieślowski entitled All About Kieslowski will take place at the Istanbul Modern Museum. It includes his student films made at the Łódź Film School, documentaries made for television, the Decalogue and feature films co-produced by French producers.
Meetings on the Bridge
Polish film will also be a part of the most important Turkish film festival, while a meeting between Polish and Turkish representatives of the film industry will take place within the framework of Meetings on the Bridge. Screenings of Polish films, among them works from the Polish Animation School, will be organised at select universities in Turkey.
Guide to the Poles
The Guide to the Poles documentary series produced by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute will be promoted during the 2014 Polish Year in Turkey. Among them are the multi-award winning Art of Disappearing and Art of Freedom. Read more about the Guide to the Poles...
In Poland, a special "Turkish" edition of the Polish-English quarterly HERITO (www.herito.pl) will come out. It will be dedicated to the heritage of Polish-Turkish relations from a Central European perspective and the future visions of relations between Turkey and the European Union.
Author: Mikołaj Gliński, Translated by: Marta J., Edited by: Elcin M. 22/02/2014