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March 18, 2013

© 2013, Aykut Kibritçioğlu

Last updated on April 11, 2013



"Turkish-Austrian Economic Relations

in a European and International Context"

Vienna, March 18, 2013

The 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 the 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, Turkey’s and Austria’s joint membership in the same constituency of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Turkey’s 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 perspective.

Prof. Dr. Ewald Nowotny

The conference was opened with a welcome address by Dr. Ewald Nowotny, Governor of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank.

Dr. Erdem Başçı

The keynote speech (pdf) [alternative link] was delivered by Dr. Erdem Başçı, Governor of the Turkish Central Bank, followed by a panel discussion:

Prof. Dr. Ewald Nowotny

The panel was chaired by Dr. Ewald Nowotny.

The panelists were:

Murat Çetinkaya

Ayşe Sezgin

Wolfgang Ruttenstorfer (VIG)

Dr. Aykut Kibritçioğlu at Künstlerhaus, Vienna


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 Vienna Künstlerhaus, 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

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 Turkey’s leading institutional collections today, the collection ranks immediately after the country’s museums in terms of wealth and quality of the pieces contained therein, each and every one a remarkable example of contemporary art and tendencies.

This exhibition 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 international stage.

Contemporary Turkish 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 boundaries vanish."

Prof. Dr. Halil Akdeniz


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