Students of Department of Fashion and Textile Design, Faculty of Fine Arts and Design, and Department of Gastronomy and Culinary Arts, Izmir University of Economics (IUE) reinterpreted the artwork of Pablo Picasso, the most important figure of the twentieth century. Students, who were inspired by the “Picasso: Art of Spectacle” titled exhibition, hosted by Arkas Art Center, displayed their artwork with “Picasso Şef Olsa” (If Picasso was a Chef) and “Kübik Yansımalar” (Cubic Reflections) titled exhibitions at Izmir Chamber of Commerce (IZTO) Exhibition Hall. The exhibition will stay open until January 4.
Selami Özpoyraz, President of IZTO Council, Müjde Unustası, Art Center Director of Arkas, academics, students and their parents attended the opening of the exhibition.
The exhibition, which was the last event of the series of “Picasso ile Kübik Bakmak” (Going Cubic with Picasso) events, held by the collaboration of Izmir University of Economics Creative Economy Research Center (IUE KREA) and Arkas Art Center, included pattern designs of 21 students from IUE Department of Fashion and Textile Design. Students, under the guidance of Asst. Prof. Duygu Ebru Öngen Corsini, used mirroring technique in their patterns they were inspired by the artwork of Picasso. 37 students from IUE Department of Gastronomy and Culinary Arts, under the guidance of Chefs Ayşe Arsan Arıkök and Melih Demirel, and Asst. Prof. Betül Öztürk, Head of the Department, reviewed the life and artwork of Picasso and sought answers to the question of “What if Picasso was a Chef”.
‘Students’ artwork is a masterpiece’
In his opening speech, Selami Özpoyraz, President of IZTO Council, said, “I believe that the artwork of each student, who interpreted the artwork of Picasso, the pioneer of the Cubism movement, with his/her own perspective, is indeed a masterpiece. I believe that academics, graduates and students will contribute greatly to the efforts of bringing the title of the city of art to Izmir again.”
Müjde Unustası, Art Center Director of Arkas, said, “We were thinking of ways to use the Picasso exhibition in terms of creativity. We collaborated with Izmir University of Economics. We held the “Picasso ile Kübik Bakmak” (Going Cubic with Picasso) seminars with the collaboration of Arkas Art Center and Creative Economy Research Center (IUE KREA). They were very informative seminars. And the most colorful activity has been the exhibition which includes the artwork of students. They did a wonderful job in displaying the creation process of an artist.”
The Arkas Art Center holds the “Picasso: The Art of Spectacle” exhibition in the exhibition series held as part of the Picasso-Méditerranée project. 83 pieces of art are being exhibited from the Kontaxopoulos-Prokopchuk Collection in Paris Picasso Museum, Foundation Julio Gonzalez, Opera Garnier, and Brussels. The artwork include many important paintings, costumes designed, sketches, sculptures of Picasso, and pictures from his life as putting the influence of performance arts on Picasso’s art under the microscope.
The Arkas Art Center, which is closed on Mondays, is open until 20.00 on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, and open for visitors between the hours of 10.00-18.00 on other days. The exhibition is available until January 5.