Art and Culture

$10,000 Prize Contest for Artists from 14 Turkic States

By Ahmet Abdulaziz…..

The Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts, the foundations of which were laid at the Near East University Campus and which is scheduled to open its doors to public on 15 November 2020, held a press meeting and delivered information about the “Sculpture Contest ” to be held for artists from 14 Turkic states to design the sculpture to be exhibited at the entrance of the museum. The artist who designs the sculpture best depicting the culture, history and art of the Turkic Republics will be the winner of the contest and awarded with 10 thousand dollars.

Delivering the opening speech of the meeting, Vice Rector Associate Professor Murat Tüzünkan stated that an international contest was initiated and delivered information about the university’s vision of art. The Acting Rector Professor Sadıkoğlu delivered detailed information about the Sculpture Contest to be held for artists to design the sculpture to be exhibited at the entrance of the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts.  In her remarks, Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts Acting Director Görkem Bulunç gave information about the museum, which will open its doors to the public in 2020. In his remarks, Professor Erdal Aygenç, the Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design, talked about the workshops and exhibitions that were planned and held by the museum.

By referring to “Art is Long, Life is Short”, the aphorism by the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tüzünkan said: “This quote tells us that although life is over, art lasts for centuries and is left as a heritage to the future. As Near East University, we have adopted an innovative education concept in visual arts, design, architecture, sports, music, dance and theater. In this framework, we have brought the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts, Cyprus Car Museum, Cyprus Turkish National History Museum, Maritime Museum and Herbarium Museum into being in order to make art last for centuries and remain as cultural heritage to the future”. Expressing that the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts aims to unveil the country’s modern art accumulation, Associate Professor Tüzünkan stated that the museum had the mission of building a bridge connecting the country’s arts and culture with the arts and culture of 14 Turkic states and communities.