From Hittie citades to the Ottoman court, from the Phrygian goddess Cybele to the Olympian Gods, from Christianity to Islam, Anatolia (from Greek Ἀνατολή, — ‘east’ or ‘(sun)rise; in modern Turkish: Anadolu), in geography known as Asia Minor, has been the land of migration and co-existence, reviving its identity from prehistoric times until the 20th century.
The exhibition illustrates the remarkable continuity of rituals, gods, cultures, people, nature and power that have been taking place for thousands of years. More than 200 archaeological objects, precious textiles, sculptures, designed tiles and statues have been gathered from various Turkish museums and brought to Brussels just for your eyes. Some of them are presented for the first time ever during the ANATOLIA exhibition.
Walking through the exhibition spaces, you can follow the path of diversity which gradually forms the unified cultural identity of Anatolia. Having shaped the divine via arts and various cultures as well as religions, under different terms and identities, Anatolia became the home of eternity for many different civilizations, developing an age-old relationship between rituals and cults to the cosmos as a whole.
A crossroad of cultures and a laboratory of heritage, ANATOLIA sheds light to the significance and continuity of rituals. The exhibition offers a refreshing and fascinating perspective to Anatolia and its people, revealing the prestigious, culturally rich and eternal identity of Turkey as a whole.
The exhibition is open from October 7, 2015 until January 17, 2016 and hosted by Bozar, Centre of Fine Arts in Brussels.
By Ioanna Sakellaraki