KARAGÖZ EXHIBITON ORGANIZED BY ISTANBUL METROPOLITAN MUNICAPILITY CONTINUES Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) has brought to Istanbulites its private collection of characters and materials of Karagöz (blackeye, in Turkish) shadow play, an important heritage of the traditional Turkish theatre and folklore. Organized for the first time by the IMM, which owns the world’s richest Karagöz collection, the exhibition hosts almost 400 items.

Once popular not only in Turkey but also in various Balkan states under the Ottoman rule, Karagöz shadow play is one of the indispensable cultural elements of Ramadan. In this vein, the IMM Directorate of Libraries and Museums has organized the exhibition "Dream or Fact / Karagöz from Şeyh Küşteri to Hayali Küçük Ali", which will be open until the end of Ramadan.

Hosted by the Tophane-i Amire Single-Domed Room, the exhibition covers almost 400 hundred items from the 1700s, where the first works of Karagöz emerged, to present day. Other than the Karagöz drawings, the exhibition also brings together clothes and objects such as saz (a traditional stringed Turkish instrument), drum, rifle etc. related to the era.

Hand drawings of Hayali Küçük Ali, the renowned master of Karagöz plays, are hosted in the exhibition as well. Also, from the screens in the exhibition room it is possible to watch the Karagöz plays of Hayali Küçük Ali aired in TRT (Turkish state television) in the 1970s.

It is planned to organize the exhibition and to have Karagöz plays in various locations in the coming years. The exhibition, hosted by the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Tophane-i Amire Single-Domed Room, can be visited free of charge every day (except Monday) between 10.00-17.00, until 16 June.