Turkish Artist: Mercan Dede’s, “The Army of Lovers” Exhibit, Istanbul

by on May 26, 2011

Discovering Turkish artist, Mercan Dede was heaven sent. I’m now officially obsessed and inspired to the bone! Reflecting the lifestyle and philosophy of the artist, the mesmerizing exhibit at the EkavArt Gallery, focuses on the humanist perspective of the Eastern Turkey and creates a contemporary visual language bringing it all together with colors, lights, and images. Without limiting itself by geography, race, or religion, this mixed-media project, The Army of Lovers, tells the story of people who dedicate their lives to creating and spreading love and peace. The exhibit includes over 70 paintings, photography, video, and installation pieces that the artist has been working on for the past five years. A musical piece specially composed for this exhibit by Mercan Dede also accompanies the exhibit.  Along with all of this, a WOW! moment arrived when I discovered he collaborated with Peter Murphy from Bauhaus in 2001 on the album, “Dust“, how cool is that! If your in Istanbul you have to go!  Watch the enchanting video below featuring his music and the most gorgeous views of Istanbul life.







Better known for his successful music career, Mercan Dede was born in Bursa in 1966 and lived in Turkey until 1988 when he moved to Canada to further his education in fine arts. He completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts, and worked with many prominent artists there. He turned his attention to music in 1996, taking a break from fine arts for nearly 15 years. He started working on his art again in 2008 in his private studio in Montreal.  “Army of Lovers” is Mercan Dede’s first solo exhibit. In fact, this is the artist’s first exhibition since his participation in the United Nations 50th Anniversary of The Universal Declaration of Human

EkavArt Gallery/Until June 26th
Phone Number: (0212) 252 81 31
Adress: Ritz Carlton Hotel Yani
Web: www.ekavart.tv
District: Gumussuyu

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1 Jane Robinson May 30, 2011 at 2:42 pm

This makes me want to go there. Previously it was not on my top ten places to visit – but it has certainly moved up into the top five. Your other photos are amazing…and so colorful!

2 Micci Cohan June 1, 2011 at 8:02 am

Thanks so much Jane! It is such a magical place for me and beautiful culture, I’m so happy you want to go also!
Thanks for stopping by the blog!

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