Cobra - 1000 Days of Free Art

S.Ü. Sakıp Sabancı Museum is hosting a wide selection of the most prominent works of the Cobra movement that shaped the art environment of the second half of the twentieth century in the exhibition Cobra – 1000 Days of Free Art. Named for the initials of the members’ home cities of Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam, this avant-garde movement was active from 1948 to 1951; the current show features over 60 works by Cobra artists. Organized within the framework of the celebration of the 400th year of diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and Turkey, these works from the Cobra Museum of Modern Art and the private collection of ABN AMRO Bank are being exhibited in Turkey for the first time. The selection of works includes paintings, sculpture, textiles, ceramics, works on paper, works inspired by jazz music and items of a documentary nature.

Among the works by the leading members of the Cobra movement is Karl Appel’s renowned “Femme, Enfants, Animaux”, as well as works by Eugène Brands, Constant, Corneille and Asger Jorn. This exhibition being presented to friends of the arts in our country for the first time has been realized with the support of ABN AMRO Bank, De Meeuw Group / ABC Prefabrik, Gözde Private Equity Investment Company, İpragaz, Merck Serono, TMF Group and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Visitors of the exhibition will also enjoy a voyage through the years 1930-1960 in which social and historical developments in Europe and in Turkey are related in a parallel construct. The black-and-white documentary consisting of images of historical importance will give visitors an idea of what was going on in the world at the time that the Cobra movement began. “Cobra – 1000 Days of Free Art” will continue until September 16, and will be accompanied by educational programs for children.

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Asger Jorn Sentiment d’Inferiorité, 1951 Oil on canvas, 48 x 32,2 cm ABN AMRO Collection © Pictoright Amsterdam, 2012

Karel Appel Le Regard / The Gaze, 1950 Oil on canvas, 91 x 82 cm ABN AMRO Collection © Pictoright Amsterdam, 2012

Corneille Desert Animé, 1953 Oil on canvas, 73 x 83 cm Private collection © Pictoright Amsterdam, 2012

Eugène Brands L’Activité Magique / The Magic Activity, 1951 Oil on canvas, 160 x 105 cm Meeuwissen Oirschot Collection © Pictoright Amsterdam, 2012

Constant Twee Vogels / Two Birds, 1949 Oil on canvas, 87,7 x 68.5 cm Cobra Museum of Modern Art © Pictoright Amsterdam, 2012

Pierre Alechinsky Pas un mot / Not a Word, 1973-1974 Acrylic on paper on canvas, 153 x 229 cm ABN AMRO Collection © Pictoright Amsterdam, 2012

Karel Appel Vragende kinderen / Questioning Children, 1948 Colour pencil on paper, 48,5 x 48,5 cm Cobra Museum of Modern Art © Pictoright Amsterdam, 2012

Karel Appel Femmes, enfants, animaux / Women, Children, Animals, 1951 Oil on canvas, 172,5 x 288 cm Cobra Museum of Modern Art © Pictoright Amsterdam, 2012

Jan Nieuwenhuijs Vogel / Bird, 1948 Gouache on paper, 77 x 65,3 cm Cobra Museum of Modern Art © Pictoright Amsterdam, 2012

Carl-Henning Pedersen Gule Skibe / Yellow Ship, 1948 Oil on canvas, 91 x 99 cm Cobra Museum of Modern Art © Pictoright Amsterdam, 2012

Anton Rooskens Sourire noir, 1950 Oil on canvas, 89 x 116 cm ABN AMRO Collection © Pictoright Amsterdam, 2012