Philippe de Montebello
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
York, New York, 10028-0198
Dear Mr. Montebello:
March 9, 2005, New York
proposals for the year 2008:
Turks: A Journey of a Thousand Years, 600 - 1600;
2) Mothers, Goddesses and Sultanas. Women in Turkey from
Prehistory to the end of the Ottoman Empire;
3) Anatolian Civilizations;
Implications of the Islamic & Ottoman Culture in the
Modern Turkish Arts (From 1900 to up to date).
I have been living in New York since 1990, and produced
my first very exciting video-project on Metropolitan Museum’s
Magritte Exhibition in 1992, followed by Dawn of the 5th
Century: Greek Sculpture; Honore de Daumier and finally
one on El Greco. These programs were cablecasted on Queens
Public Access Television in Flushing, New York.
November 1990, I saw the “Mexico: Splendors of Thirty
Centuries” (1990-91) exhibition at the Metropolitan
Museum. From that very moment, I have been dreaming and
desiring to see the ANATOLIAN CIVILIZATIONS exhibition
at the METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART. In time, I have searched
for possibilities in the U.S. and in Turkey, and established
high-level connections for this very purpose.
particular, the exhibitions "Turks: A Journey of
A Thousand Years, 600 - 1600" and "Mothers,
Goddesses and Sultanas: Women in Turkey from Prehistory
to the end of the Ottoman Empire" have greatly encouraged
and empowered me to propose these major exhibitions to
you with the expectation of seeing them at the Metropolitan
Museum, which will also serve for the realization of my
I have been living in America, except "The Magnificent
of Suleiman" and "Letters in Gold”, The
Sabanci Collection, there haven't been any major exhibitions
which covered directly Anatolian Civilizations or Turks
or Turkish Women or Modern Turkey or a comparison within
or between them. I also have been witnessing that generally
there is a mega-gap in the knowledge of the American public
about Anatolian and Turkish culture as well as about modern
there is an assumption that from five to seven hundred
thousand Turks and Turkish-Americans live in the U.S.
believe that, the realization of any combination of the
above mentioned two exhibitions will definitely create
a new audience in New York and in America in general,
and most likely will reach out to universities, high-schools,
and Middle Eastern art lovers as well as a general audience.
This will definitely be a remarkable contribution to fulfill
the mega-gap within the American public awareness.
within your knowledge, Turkey's historical importance
and her current essential role in the greater Middle East
have been ever expanding. At the same time, Turkey has
some very unique differences from all the Middle Eastern
and Islamic countries along with her connections with
Europe and the U.S. In other words, Turkey is in the daily
global political agenda, and this will lead and create
an enormous curiosity in the above mentioned and enclosed
projects once a combination of two exhibitions have been
time and attention will be greatly appreciated in this
you very much for your consideration.
in New York - Since 1999
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