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ATTENTION TO:
Mr. Philippe de Montebello
Director
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York, 10028-0198


Dear Mr. Montebello:

................................Date: March 9, 2005, New York


Subject: Exhibition proposals for the year 2008:

1) 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;
4) 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.

In 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.

In 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 dream.

Since 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 Turkey.

Furthermore, there is an assumption that from five to seven hundred thousand Turks and Turkish-Americans live in the U.S.

I 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.

Moreover, 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 realized.

Your time and attention will be greatly appreciated in this matter.

Thank you very much for your consideration.

Sincerely yours,

Bircan Ünver

Founding President
The Light Millennium, Inc.
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Based in New York - Since 1999

Enclosed: -- Exhibition Proposals, 3 pages

-- For Word file of the letter

 (The original letter and related 'Exhibition Proposals' sent by mail on March 9, 2005.)

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