"ISTANBUL’S SEASIDE LEISURE" EXHIBITION AT PERA MUSEUMOrganized by Pera Museum and Istanbul Research Institute, "Istanbul’s Seaside Leisure: Nostalgia from Sea Baths to Beaches" exhibition focuses on the significant cultural and sociological transformation that took place in Istanbul’s multifaceted and unique sea culture.
Bringing together pieces from various collections and the archive of Istanbul Research Institute, which celebrates its 10th year, the exhibition illustrates the radical change from sea baths to beaches in a period spanning from the 1870s to the mid-20th century. The exhibition, that started on April 5, will meet the audience in two different venues until August 26, 2018.
"Istanbul’s Seaside Leisure" unfolds the changing social structure, after the sea became a part of urban life, and a beach culture was formed. Addressing the shift in the norms of how Istanbulites used their leisure time, especially following the turn of the century 20th century, the exhibition is a documentary testament of the radical transformations in the Republic’s lifestyle.
The sea, which had previously brought into mind concepts such as trade, travel and landscape, begun to gain new meanings with the Republic. From the 1920s, sea baths evolved and left their places slowly to beaches where women and men could spend time together.
The beach phenomenon, which the city's inhabitants quickly adopted, over time has created its own entertainment, fashion and culture. From the first years of the Turkish Republic; beaches like Suadiye, Caddebostan, Salacak, Beyaz Park, Altinkum, Küçüksu, Florya, Fenerbahçe, Moda and Süreyya —with their music halls, cafes and accommodation facilities— became places where people relaxed, cooled and had fun. After the rapid sociological changes Istanbul had undergone, the beach culture that lived its golden age until the 1960s, was transformed.
Curated by historian, writer and academician Zafer Toprak, the exhibition brings together the original materials such as paintings, photographs, books, magazines and cartoons compiled from various collections as well as the archive of Istanbul Research Institute.
Also, at the Istanbul Research Institute, Pera Museum's sister institution, a selection consisting of beach scenes from the Yeşilçam films, and observation-reading rooms that allow to closely examine materials such as books, magazines, banners and cartoons regarding the beach, await the audience.
For detailed information about the exhibition, please visit https://www.peramuseum.org/Exhibition/Istanbul%E2%80%99s-Seaside-Leisure/221