Within the limits of the same Sea. The Palaces of the Alhambra and Topkapi in the Photography of the Journeys to the Orient
To mark the holding of the 2nd Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations in Istanbul, the Topkapi Palace hosts, from April 6th to May 31st, 2009, the exhibition ‘Within the limits of the same Sea. The Palaces of the Alhambra and Topkapi in the Photography of the Journeys to the Orient’ The exhibition has been organized by the State Corporation for the Spanish Cultural Action Abroad, SEACEX, the Instituto Cervantes and the Patronato de la Alhambra y el Generalife, together with the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul.
The aim of this exhibition is to show a simultaneous dialogue between the Alhambra and Topkapi through a selection of images of the 19th Century by, among others, the photographers Jean Laurent and Abdullah Fréres. The exhibition invites the viewer to discover the interior of both spaces, starting with their splendid urban settings and entering their courtyards, rooms and decorative details, paying special attention to the way in which both palaces were represented by commercial photography.
The exhibition is divided into four sections: “Viajes, monumentos y memoria fotográfica”, “Palacios en la ciudad”, “Palacios en el tiempo” and “La mirada precisa” (“Trips, monuments and photographic memory”, “Palaces in the city”, “Palaces through time” and “The accurate look”). It is with this objective that up to 126 pieces have been gathered, among which we can find photographs, maps, plans, lithographs, travel books, scale models, plaster reproductions and original pieces from Nasrid and Ottoman times. Within the varied collection of images, stands out the photographs showing panoramic views of Granada and Istanbul, as both palaces were essential references of the landscape.
Place: Topkapi Palace. Estambul.
Date: from April 6th to May 31st, 2009.