"Turkish-Austrian Economic Relations
in a European and International Context"
Vienna, March 18, 2013
Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB)
hosted a joint international conference in cooperation with the Central
Bank of the Republic of Turkey (CBRT) in Vienna on March 18, 2013. The
conference took place from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Kassensaal of
OeNB, Otto-Wagner-Platz 3, 1090 Vienna. The topic of this conference
was "Turkish-Austrian economic
relations in a European and international context".
The traditionally strong economic
relations between Turkey and Austria, the strong Turkish community in
Austria, Turkeys and Austrias joint membership in the same
constituency of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Turkeys
status as an EU candidate country provide a wide range of issues and
challenges, which are of common interest for Turkey and for Austria.
This high-ranking conference offered an opportunity to exchange views on
some of these issues, both from a European and from an international
The conference was opened with a welcome
Dr. Ewald Nowotny, Governor of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank.
The keynote speech (pdf)
was delivered by
Erdem Başçı, Governor of the Turkish Central Bank, followed by a
The panel was chaired by
The panelists were:
The conference was followed then by the
official opening of the exhibition of the CBRT's art collection of
contemporary works of Turkish artists at the
Karlsplatz 5, 1010 Vienna.
Contemporary Turkish Painting and Printmaking
in the Republican Era
from the Art Collection of the Central Bank of
the Republic of Turkey
"The Central Bank of
the Republic of Turkey boasts a rich and valuable art collection
that closely parallels the history of the Turkish Republic. One of
Turkeys leading institutional collections today, the collection
ranks immediately after the countrys museums in terms of wealth and
quality of the pieces contained therein, each and every one a
remarkable example of contemporary art and tendencies.
illustrates the process of development and institutionalisation of
Turkish painting and printmaking from the early years of the
republic to the 1950s and from the 1950s to the present, showcasing
the dynamics of the development of contemporary art: from the
figurative to the abstract, from the abstract to the conceptual, and
from the conceptual to the neo-figurative.
Among the pick of
the collection are works by Halil Pasha, justifiably considered to
be the pioneer of western classical Turkish painting -he is the
forerunner of sound landscape painting based on understanding and
observation of nature- Ibrahim Çallı and Hikmet Onat, leading
Turkish Impressionists of the period between the Great War and the
early years of the republic.
A post-1950 period
of great change in approaches to art echoed developments abroad.
Abstract expressionism and geometric abstraction spread around the
world and came to the fore in Turkey too. This change that began in
Turkish art in the 1950s produced mature works. In latter periods,
art increasingly grew to parallel the tendencies of the world
outside, this phenomenon becoming even more pronounced after 1970.
The 1970s is a
period during which traditional painting and sculpture methods of
artistic production co-existed alongside specific movements that
gravitated away from painting and sculpture as they commingled with
conceptual art and exploration that began in the 1960s and 1970s.
Appearing on stage in later years were Turkish artists of the
middle- and younger generations, who would proffer our arts onto the
Art today displays a highly dynamic progress that can be considered
to parallel developments in the world. These young tendencies in
Turkish art are now marked by a holistic approach that assimilates
with the world, conceptual qualities intermingle, and which aims to
unify life, and question; an approach wherein interdisciplinary
Dr. Halil Akdeniz
Selected Media News & Comments
regarding the Panel and Exhibition: