Mersad Berber: An Allegory of Bosnia

Mersad Berber is one of the greatest and most significant representatives of Bosnian–Herzegovinian art from the second half of the 20th century.

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Meşrutiyet Cad. No: 65, Tepebaşı

Visiting Hours

10.00 – 19.00 Tuesday – Saturday
12.00 – 18.00 Sunday

Closed on Mondays.

Phone 0090 212 334 99 00

Mersad Berber (1940 – 2012) is one of the greatest and most significant representatives of Bosnian–Herzegovinian art from the second half of the 20th century. His vast body of expressive and unique works triggered the local art scene’s recognition into Europe as well as the international stage.

Berber belongs to an exceptionally dynamic period of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s contemporary cultural history. He led a young generation of graphic artists opening up the local scene internationally. He was one of the few artists whose talent and mastery enabled him to frequently exhibit in prestigious museums and galleries. Inspired by the great European masters, from Renaissance to Art Nouveau, Berber’s works are mostly in large scales of combined techniques with a post-modern sensibility. His work embodies the culture of remembrance with characteristic themes and compositional novelties.

From the golden color gamut and the splendor of Berber’s early works, his interpretation of artists such as Piero della Francesco, Guercino, Velasquez, Gericault, David, Ingres, Ivan Kramskoi, Klimt, as well as the Yugoslav painters Bukovac and Jurkić, exemplify the deep, opaque whites of his journeys through the fairy tale landscapes of Bosnia to the dark, macabre burrows of Srebrenica. Berber was always the chronicler of Bosnia as he indefatigably painted the fragments of his country, reflecting the multi-layered cultural history as well as the complexities of its historical experience.

Taksim: Take the Nostalgic Tram Line for the Odakule – Tepebaşı stop.

Also, you can take the bus 36T or 32T and get off at the Tepebaşı stop.

Atatürk Airport: Get on the Aksaray – Havaalanı metro line for Aksaray. Then transfer to the T1 Zeytinburnu – Kabataş tramline and get off at the Eminönü stop. From Eminönü, you can take the bus 70FE or 66 and get off at the Tepebaşı stop.

Blue Mosque Area: Get on the T1 Zeytinburnu – Kabataş for Eminönü. Then you can take the bus 70FE or 66 and get off at the Tepebaşı stop.

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