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x0x Dual Photo Exhibition by Ara Guler and Kariye Museum Opens in Japan

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      [See more about Ara Guler at: http://www.lesartsturcs.org/photo_gulers.php
      See more about Kariye at: http://archnet.org/library/images/thumbnails.tcl?location_id=8867 ]

      x0x Dual Photo Exhibition by Ara Guler and Kariye Museum Opens in Japan

      The governments of Turkey and Japan had decided to designate 2003 as
      "The Year of Turkey in Japan", and consequently various events are being
      held in Japan with the aim of further promoting Turkish culture and
      history to the Japanese people.

      With this aim, the photos of Ara Güler, an artist internationally
      considered one of the foremost representatives of creative photography,
      and also the photos of the Kariye mosaics and frescoes, which are among
      the best examples of late Byzantine art, were displayed in Japan in an
      exhibition held between August 1- 24 in the Japanese Foundation Forum
      Hall.

      The joint exhibition was sponsored and organized by the Turkish
      Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan.



      Who is Ara Güler?

      Ara Güler was born in I.stanbul in 1928. His father, a chemist, had
      many friends dealing with fine arts, including actors, writers, and also
      Muhsin Ertug(rul, the founder of modern theatre in Turkey. Growing up in
      such an environment made a great effect on Güler. As a young man, he
      started working in film studios in I.stanbul and also attended some
      theatre courses given by Muhsin Ertug(rul. In 1950, he began his career in
      journalism in the "Yeni I.stanbul" newspaper.

      He is now considered one of the "seven best photographers in the
      world," and was given this honor in the Photography Annual in Britain in
      1961. Ara Güler's photographs were exhibited in the New York Modern Arts
      Exhibition in 1968. He also produced a film entitled "The End of the
      Hero", depicting the fate of TGS Yavuz, the renowned battlecruiser.

      Güler staged many exhibitions and received many awards. Books of his
      photographs, which are really exquisite, have been published in several
      countries. Today, many of the most important printing houses in the world
      have posters of Güler's photographs on their walls.

      Güler went to places which were very hard to access and took
      photographs in such countries as Iran, Kenya, Kazakhstan, New Guinea,
      Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Borneo and all parts of Turkey.

      Mosaics of Kariye (Chora) Museum

      Kariye is located in the Edirnekap? district of I.stanbul. It is
      maintained that the Kariye Museum has the best Byzantine mosaics in the
      region. Originally built in the 4th century as the "Church of the Holy
      Savior Outside the Walls" or "in the fields" (chora), it was indeed
      outside the walls built by Constantine the Great. It was later enclosed
      within the walls built by Emperor Theodosius II in 413, less than 100
      years after the reign of Constantine, so the church "outside the walls"
      has in fact been "in the city" for 1550 years. For four centuries after
      the Ottoman Conquest of I.stanbul it served as a mosque (Kariye Camii),
      but was later converted into a museum because of its priceless mosaics and
      frescoes.

      Today's museum was built in the late 11th century, and repaired and
      restructured in the following centuries. Virtually all of the interior
      decorations -- the famous mosaics and the less renowned but equally
      striking frescoes -- date from about 1320. The mosaics are breathtaking.
      They include depictions of Jesus and the Virgin Mary. The two small domes
      of the inner narthex have portraits of all of Jesus's ancestral line back
      to Adam. There are a series of mosaics depicting Virgin Mary's life, and
      another, Jesus's early years. Another series concentrates on Jesus's
      ministry. In the nave are three mosaics: Jesus, Virgin Mary as a Teacher,
      and the Dormition of Mary. The south section of the nave is the
      Parecclesion, a side chapel where the tombs of the church's founder and
      relatives are located. The frescoes here, appropriately, deal with the
      theme of death and resurrection.
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