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Stories of Civil Resistance in Pera Museum

Posted on 19 August 2013

Pera Film opens its 2013 fall season with a striking program – A Farewell to Arms: Stories of Civil Resistance. The program’s title is inspired from one of the greatest American novels to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway published in 1929. Just as the novel explored the beautiful and the tragic, the tender and the harsh, and the realistic, the selected films of the program examine recent stories of civil resistance – from 1985 onwards – in a corresponding poetic as well as genuine approach.

The program is presented with six feature-length documentaries accompanied by a shorts program entitled A Short Walk in the Park. Civil resistance is often a response to changes in constellations of power; the documentaries originating from different countries such as Turkey, the US, United Kingdom, Germany and Iran; all deal with the people, the public and their interpretation of current politics and social issues. At times the stories stem from the masses, at other times the stories evolve from the individual’s point of view.

On Saturday September 28 there is a program on the Gezi park protests with short videos and a panel debate.

The six documentaries are shown in Pera Museum. It was naugurated on 8 June 2005. Pera Museum is a private museum founded by Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation with the aim of  offering a broad range of high-quality culture and arts services.

The Museum is located in the historic building of the former Hotel Bristol in Tepebaşı, renovated between 2003 and 2005 by restorer architect Sinan Genim, who preserved the façade of the  building and transformed the interior into a modern and fully equipped museum.

Pera Museum shares its three permanent collections “Orientalist Paintings”, “Anatolian Weights and Measures”, and “Kütahya Tiles and Ceramics,” as well as the values that these collections represent, with the public through exhibitions, publications, audio-visual events, educational activities, and academic works,  striving to transmit these values to future generations. Having organized joint projects with leading international museums, collections, and foundations including Tate Britain, Victoria and Albert Museum, St. Petersburg Russian State Museum, JP Morgan Chase Collection, New York School of Visual Arts, and the Maeght Foundation, Pera Museum has introduced Turkish audiences to countless internationally acclaimed  artists, among them  Jean Dubuffet, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Rembrandt, Niko Pirosmani, Josef Koudelka, Joan Miró, Akira Kurosawa, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Fernando Botero, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Goya. Since its inauguration, Pera Museum collaborates annually with national and international institutions of art and education to hold exhibitions that support young artists. All  of  the Museum’s exhibitions are  accompanied by books, catalogues, audio-visual events, and  education programs. Standing out with its seasonal programs and events, Pera Film offers visitors and  film buffs a wide range of screenings that extend from classics and independent movies to animated films and documentaries, as well as special shows paralleling the temporary exhibitions’ themes. Pera Museum has evolved to become a leading and distinguished cultural center  in one of the liveliest quarters of İstanbul.

When: 4 September – 29 September 2013

Where: Pera Museum



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