Istanbul Museum of Modern Art 

March 22, 2013

Paul Kasmin Gallery is pleased to announce the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art has acquired Taner Ceylan’s painting 1553, from Ceylan’s Lost Paintings Series. The painting is currently on view at the Museum as part of their permanent collection. Inspired by Hürrem Sultan the wife of the ruler Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent, Ceylan’s painting depicts Hürrem Sultan from the waist up whose visage has been draped with a translucent, sheer shroud covered with delicate embroidery. Behind her, a violent spray of what must be blood challenges the viewer to consider the various narratives of conflict and violence that could render such a scene. As in other paintings depicting female figures, Ceylan used his partner as his muse. The title of the painting references the year in which Sultan Süleyman executed his son Prince Mustafa, upon advice by Hürrem Sultan. Upsetting both Western and Eastern master narratives, 1553 epitomizes Ceylan’s project in the Lost Paintings Series, presenting an Eastern figure in a fascinating navigation of history, power and narrative.

This Spring, Paul Kasmin Gallery will debut Birth of Hope, from the Lost Paintings Series, at Frieze New York. The complete Lost Paintings Series will be on view at Paul Kasmin Gallery this Fall in Ceylan's inaugural exhibition with the gallery.

Ceylan began exhibiting work in 1991, in both a group exhibition, and his first solo exhibition, in Nurnberg, Germany. His performance and exhibition, Monte Carlo Style (1995), made a significant impact on the Turkish art scene. He has lectured as a member of the the Fine Arts Faculty, Yeditepe University (2001-2003), and served as Editor-in-Chief, Arts for Time Out Istanbul magazine (2001-2006). Ceylan has participated in both the 8th and 9th International Istanbul Biennials (2003/5); Postcards From CAC at Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans (2009); Naked, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York (2009); Abstraction of Nothing, I-20 Gallery, New York (2009); Istanbul Next Wave, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin (2010); and Istanbul Modern at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2011). His work is included in private and museum collections including Sveaas Art Collection and the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art.