The exhibition consisting of a total of 80 artworks exclusively prepared for the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts within the framework of the “July 20 Peace and Freedom Day” celebrations by the lecturers of the Near East University Faculty of Fine Arts and Design and award-winning artists from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Gagauzia, and Russia will take place on 21st July 2020. The exhibition will be opened on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at 09.00.
The works of 35 award-winning artists/academicians from the Turkic world will be exhibited.
According to the information provided by the Press and Public Relations Directorate of Near East University, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design of Near East University, the “20th of July Peace and Freedom Exhibition”, which is curated by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Erdoğan Ergün and consisting of 80 painting, sculpture, ceramic, graphic and printmaking works of a total of 35 award-winning artists/academicians will be opened at the İrfan Günsel Congress Center.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Erdoğan Ergün: “In order for the artist to be creative, he must be free at first.”
The curator of the exhibition, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ergün, in his statement regarding the “20 July Peace and Freedom Exhibition”, said; “When we look at the concept of freedom as thinking or acting without being restricted by any condition, the artist must be free at first in order to be creative. However, the contribution of art to society depends not only on the artist but also on the social environments in which he lives, educational institutions, museums, cultural heritage, spiritual and moral values, what the country produces, and naturally, the social environment. This freedom and peace accompany art and creativity, but also increase productivity. Existentialist and writer Albert Camus says; “The only purpose of art, the sole purpose of living, can be to increase the combination of feelings of responsibility and freedom in every person on earth. Under no circumstances can art reduce or suppress that freedom, albeit temporarily.” Therefore, with the emphasis on the meaning and importance of the day, the “Peace and Freedom” exhibition, which we will organize as part of events held by Near East University within the scope of the 20 July Peace and Freedom Day, is participated by the award-winning artists of the Turkic World along with our faculty members of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design in the disciplines of painting, sculpture, ceramics, graphics, and printing. The exhibition consists of 80 works by 35 artists/academicians. In addition, this exhibition is the 350th exhibition exclusively prepared for the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts. I would like to thank all the participating artists and academicians who devotedly worked in this art event.”