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Crossroads of Ceramics
Turkey, Where the East and the West Meet
"Crossroads of Ceramics — Turkey, where the East and the West meet." Open on April 28, 2007 at the Chosun Gwanyo Museum in Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do.

Turkey stands in the middle of the trades and development of the world Ceramic history that fliowed from the East to the West.

"Crossroads of Ceramics — Turkey, where the East and the West meet." intends to examine the interchanges of ceramic cultures between the east and the west through the traditional Turkish ceramics and the export porcelains of the East, now in Turkey.

Extending on both continents of Asia and Europe, today's Turkey has always been the significant center of trade and contact between the East and the West since the period of Seljuk Empire (1037~1307). as for the ceramic cultures, Turkey holds the ample examples of cross — fertilization which occurred especially during the Mongol campaign in the Seljuk Empire and also during the Ottoman Turk Empire (1299~1922), the prime leader world trades, influenced by the Chinese export porcelains which were extensively imported since the 16th century.

The exhibition of "Crossroads of Ceramics" is comprised of two parts under two subject.

The first part is designed to introduce the ceramic trades between the East, who possessed the high techniques of porcelain production, and the West who yearned after the financial profits and high standard of cultures, proudly represented by the collection of the Tokapi Palace Museum in Istanbul, Turkey.

The world's highly esteemed eramic collections of the Tokapi Palace Museum will be unveiled for the first time in Korea during the 4th World Ceramic Biennale.

The viewers can compare and examine the diverse styles of export porcelains, produced to fit to different markeks,the Islamic world of West Asia and Europe.

The second part will introduce the traditional Turkish ceramics of Asia Minor, the foundatoin of today's Turkey, by periods and regions, and will investigate the impect of eastern ceramic cultures on them such as the Chinese export porcelains.

Represntative objects from the Cinili Kiosk of the Istanbul archaeological Museum, and Turkish Islamic Arts Museum, Sadberk Hanim Museum and Korrya Museum will be revealed, and the viewers will discover the unique world of Turkish ceramics.

"Crossroads of Ceramics — Turkey, where the East and the West meet." will propose the ceramic culture as example of a new cultural state, which develop through numerous exchanges of heterogeneous cultures of religions, civilizations and regions and their formation by receiving, transplanting, and assimilating.

This exhibition is even more significant and meaningful for Korea and Turkey as it is organized to celebrate the 50 years of dipolomatic relations between the two countries.

you will witness the superiority, diversity and potency of Asian ceramic cultures at the 4th World Ceramic Biennale 2007 Korea, under the theme of Reshaping Asia.




 

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