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Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye

Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye

First Turkish woman ceramic artist to achieve international fame for her ground-breaking techniques
"Things which do not end but continue uninterrupted attract me."

Date of Birth: 30/08/1938 1938

Place of Birth: Istanbul

Date of Death:

Place of Death:

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Field of Activity

Ceramic
"I am obsessional - I do nothing but pots. Large pots, very large pots, small pots and pots that in range in between. Pots in the blues of the ancient Middle East. Pots in beige with thin white and orange stripes, white pots with thin brown stripes, grey pots, yellow pots, pots in browns and blacks."
"When I first made stoneware I was criticised – stoneware is supposed to be heavy, not delicate as my stoneware is."
"Your work is always ahead of you. I fight the pot and the pot fights back. Its a dialogue. Sometimes I make a glaze for a form- sometimes a form for a glaze. It's the pot that tells you how to decorate it."
It's important to understand the materials that you use. You cannot do good work if the material is not good. Clay and glazes need understanding. You need a dialogue with them. You personalise them. They are like your handwriting."
(Alev Ebüzziya Siesby)
Alistair McAlpine, "The Platonic Bowl", cornucopia.net, access 5.5.2012.
Exibitions

(A selection)

  • 1963 Solo Exhibition, Royal Danish Porcelaine Factories, Copenhagen
  • 1971 Solo Exhibition, Galerie Birkdam, Copenhagen
    "Autumn Exhibition ", Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
    "Danish Arts and Crafts ", Sönderborg Museet, Sönderborg
    "Danish Arts and Crafts", Stiftsmuseet, Viborg
  • 1973 "Stoneware and Textile", Lerchenborg Castle, Kalundborg
    "Danish Handicarfts", Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New-York
  • 1974 Jubilaeum Exhibition", Lerchenborg Castle, Kalundborg
    "Exempla", Munich
  • 1975 "12 Ceramic Workshops", Stifmuseet, Viborg
    "Danish Arts and Crafts", Hässelby Castle, Kalundborg
    Solo Exhibition, Museum of Decorative Arts, Copenhagen
    "Danish Arts and Crafts", State Museum, Helsingborg, Sweden
  • 1976 Koloristerne, Copenhagen
    "Ceramics, Textiles, Silver and Goldsmith", Helsingor City Museum, Copenhagen
  • 1977 Solo Exhibition, Hetjens Museum, Düsseldorf
    Contemporary European Ceramics, Keramion, Frechen, Köln
    "8 Danish Ceramists", Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
  • 1978 Koloristerne", Copenhagen
    "Danish Handicrafts", Galerie am Graben, Vienna
  • 1979 Koloristerne, Copenhagen
    Solo Exhibition, Gallery In-Art, Amsterdam
    "Ceramics", Kettels Yard, Cambridge
    "Form and Glazes", Hoechst, Frankfurt
  • 1980 Holland Festival, Galerie de Proen, Amsterdam
    "Galerie Het Kapelhuis in Flehite Museum", Amersfoort
  • 1981 "Koloristerne", Copenhagen
    Retrospective Exhibition, Kunstforeningen, Copenhagen
    "Contemporary Turkish Paintings and Ceramics", UNESCO, Paris
    "Danish Ceramic Design", Palmer Museum of Art, State University,
    Pennsylvania
    "Dionyse International", Museum of Decorative Arts, Ghent, Belgium
    "Museum für Kunst and Gewerbe, Hamburg
    "Koloristerne", Copenhagen
    "Tendences of Contemporary Ceramics", Museum of Decorative Arts,
    Lausanne
    "Paaske Udstilling", Skive Museum, Skive
    "Keramik Der Gegenwart", 14. Kunst und Antiquitäten Messe, Hannover
    "Danish Ceramics", Dienst Beeldende Kunst, s-Hertogenboch
    "Ceramics", Galerie Maya Behn, Zurich
    Solo Exhibition "Grès", Maison du Danemark, Paris
    Solo Exhibition, Kunstkammer Paul Köster, Mönchen-Gladbach
  • 1982 Solo Exhibition, Kunstdustri Museet, Copenhagen
    Foreningen Nordens 40 aars Jubilaeum, Kunstmuseet, Hjörring
    Solo Exhibition, Röhsska Museum, Göteborg
  • 1984 Solo Exhibition, Garth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles
    Solo Exhibition, Garth Clark Gallery, New York
    Solo Exhibition, Galerie Maya Behn, Zürich
    Solo Exhibition, Galerie Charlotte Hennig, Darmstadt
  • 1985 "Grönningen", Copenhagen
    "Oltre di 1000 Gradi" Palazzo Agostinelli, Bassano del Grappa
    Eduard Chapallaz, Carmen Dionyse, Beate Kuhn, Ursula Sheid,
    Karl Scheid, Alev Siesbye
    Solo Exhibition, Galerie Nord, Randers
    "Vaeg og Rum", Kunstmuseet Trapholt, Kolding
  • 1986 "Turkisk Inspiration" Hjörring Kunstmuseet, Hjörring
    Holsterbro Kunstmuseet
    Danish Design, Sölleröd Kunstforening, Sölleröd
    "2 nd Exhibition of Contemporary European Ceramics" Keramion, Frechen
    F.I.A.C., Galerie Nord, Grand Palais, Paris
  • 1987 Solo Exhibition, Galerie Feldballe, Kolding
    1st International Plastic Arts Festival, İstanbul
    F.I.A.C., Galerie Nord, Grand Palais, Paris
    Solo Exhibition, Galerie Gummason's, Stockholm
    Solo Exhibition, Galerie Nev, Ankara
  • 1988 "Grönningen", Copenhagen
    "Form & Glasur", Jubilaeum Exhibition, Hoechst
    Solo Exhibition, Galerie Nev/Urart, Istanbul
    2nd International Asian-European Art Biennal, Ankara
    F.I.A.C., Galerie Nord, Grand Palais, Paris
  • 1989 L'Europe des Céramistes, Abbaye Saint-Germain, Auxerre
    " Scandinavian Ceramics & Glass ", Victoria & Albert Museum, London
  • 1990 "Grönningen", Copenhagen
    Solo Exhibition, Galerie Jonas, Cortaillod, Switerland
    Oslo International Ceramics Symposium, Galleri F15 Moss, Norway
    "Fifteen Danish Ceramic Artists and Leen Quist", Galeri Amphora, Oosterbeek & Singer Museum, Laren, Holland
  • 1991 Solo Exhibition, Galerie Epona, Paris
    Solo Exhibition, Galerie Egelund, Copenhagen
  • 1992 Solo Exhibition, Garth Clark Gallery, New York
    Solo Exhibition, Maison de la Céramique, Mulhouse
    Solo Exhibition, Galerie Besson, London
    Solo Exhibition, Galeri Nev, Ankara
    Solo Exhibition, Galeri Nev, Istanbul
  • 1993 "Alev Siesbye, Ceramist ; Jörgen Larsen, Painter", Sophienholm
    "Turquie, au nom de la tulipe", Centre Culturel, Boulogne-Billancourt
    "European Ceramics", Keramik Museum Westerwald, Höhr-Grenzhausen
    Museum het Princesse Hof, Leeuwarden ; Bornholm Kunst Museum
  • 1994 Solo Exhibition, Garth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles
    F.I.A.C., Galerie Nord, Grand Palais, Paris
    "Unikat-Neue Keramik aus Danemark", Keramion, Frechen, Köln
    "International Fine Ceramics", Alpha House Gallery, Dorset
    Solo Exhibition, Galerie Egelund, Copenhagen
  • 1995 "I am Another", Contemporary Turkish painting and sculpture,
    Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
    "New Danish Design", Sophienholm
    Solo Exhibition, Galerie Osiris, Brussels
    "Kjergaard and his students", Galeri Nörby, Copenhagen
    Solo Exhibition, Galeri Nev, Istanbul
    Solo Exhibition, Galeri Nev, Ankara
  • 1996 "Grönningen", Copenhagen
    Solo Exhibition, Borreby Art Gallery, Borreby Slot, Skaelskör
    "Unika", Kunstindustri Museet, Copenhagen
    25th Anniversary Exhibition, Galerie L., Hamburg
  • 1997 Solo Exhibition, Garth Clark Gallery, New York
    Solo Exhibition, Galerie Jonas, Cortaillod, Switzerland
    Keramik Des Jahrhunderts, Sammlung Welle, Schloss Neuhaus, Paderborn
    Solo Exhibition, Galerie Besson, London
    Sörlandets Kunstmuseum, Grete Nash Exhibition, Kristiansand, Norway
    Copenhagen Art Forum, Galerie Egelund, Copenhagen
    "Dansk Keramik 1850-1997", Sophienholm, Denmark
    Solo Exhibition, Galerie Egelund, Copenhagen
    Solo Exhibition Ercüment Kalmik Foundation, İstanbul
  • 1998 "Grönningen", Copenhagen
    Solo Exhibition, Galerie Terra, Delft
    Solo Exhibition, Galerie Osiris, Brussels
    Amsterdam Art Fair, Galerie Terra, Amsterdam
    Herning Art Fair, Galerie Egelund, Herning
    Solo Exhibition, Galerie Landrot, Paris
  • 1999 "Keramik aus Danemark", Galerie Handwerk, München
    "Grönningen", Copenhagen
    Solo Exhibition, Galeri Nev, Istanbul
    "Alev at Beymen", glass, silver, textile designs, Museum of Archeology, Istanbul
    "Commemorative mugs for the Millenium", Galerie Besson, London
    Solo Exhibition, Galerie Egelund, Copenhagen
  • 1999-2000 "Cosmos/Caos, Transcendent/Immanent, Luminaire/Linear, Cover/Contour"
    Millenium Exhibition, Galeri Nev, Ankara, Galerie Nev, Istanbul
  • 2000 Solo Exhibition, Galerie Elise Toft, Kolding
    "Dialog" Alev Siesbye, Jörn Larsen
    Königlich Danishe Botschaft, Berlin
  • 2001 Solo Exhibition, Galeri Nev, Ankara
    Solo Exhibition, Garth Clark Gallery, New York
  • 2002 Retrospective Exhibition, Kunstindustrimuseet, Copenhagen
    Solo Exhibition, Galerie Egelund, Copenhagen
    Solo Exhibition, Galerie Pierre, Paris
    Retrospective Exhibition, Turkish-Islamic Arts Museum, Istanbul
    Solo Exhibition, "Glazes" (secrets), Galeri Kasa, Istanbul
    "From the Kilns of Denmark" Touring Exhibition, USA
    NewYork,Fitchburg, San Diego, Sacramento, Racine,
    Maison du Danemark, Paris, Berlin
  • 2003 Solo Exhibition, Galerie Besson, London
    Solo Exhibition, Garth Clark Gallery, New-York
  • 2004 "Collect" Victoria & Albert Museum, London
    Solo Exhibition, Galerie Puls, Bruxelles
  • 2005 "Collect ", Victoria & Albert Museum, London
    Retrospective Exhibition, Museu Nacional do Azulejo, Lisbon
    Solo Exhibition, Yufuku Gallery, Tokyo
    "Dialog", Per Arnoldi, Paintings; Alev Siesbye,Ceramics; Galerie Egelund, Copenhagen
    "Le Décor, de la couleur............au blanc'' Le Musée Bernard Pallisy, Saint Avit.
  • 2006 Solo Exhibition, Galerie Nev, Ankara
    "Alev Siesbye, Nil Yalter (painter) " Galeri Nev, İstanbul
  • 2007 "Gronningen" Copenhagen
    Solo Exhibition, Galerie Puls, Bruxelles
    Solo Exhibition, Galerie Landrot, Paris
  • 2008 "Classic & Contemporary Ceramics", Galerie Besson, London
    "Turkish Delight", Design from Turkey, Pergamon Museum, Berlin
    "SOFA", New York, Lucy Lacoste Gallery, USA
    "The View From Denmark", Lucy Lacoste Gallery, USA
  • 2009 "COLLECT", Cultural Connections, London, UK
    "SOFA", Chicago, Lucy Lacoste Gallery, USA
  • 2009-2010 Solo Exhibition, Musée Magnelli, Musée de la Céramique, Vallauris, France
  • 2010 "2010 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale", Taipei County, Yingge Ceramics Museum
    Solo Exhibition, Galeri Nev, İstanbul,
  • 2011 Design Miami /Basel, Basel. (Galerie Pierre Marie Giraud.)
    Solo Exhibition, Galerie Pierre Marie Giraud, Bruxelles
  • 2012 Solo Exhibition, Galeri Nev, İstanbul.
Collections exhibiting Alev Ebüzziya's Works

(A selection)

  • Museum of Decorative Arts, Copenhagen
  • Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
  • City Museum, Helsingborg
  • National Museum, Stockholm
  • Museum of Decorative Arts, Cologne
  • "Victoria & Albert Museum, London
  • Kunat Museum, Aarhus
  • Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
  • Museum of Decorative Arts, Ghent
  • Hetjens Museum, Düsseldorf
  • Museum of Decorative Arts, Hamburg
  • Kestner Museum, Hannover
  • L.O. Skolen, Helsingör
  • Danish State Art Foundation, Copenhagen
  • Musée Bellerive, Zürich
  • Museum Het Kruithuis, s-Hertogenbosch
  • Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseet, Trondheim
  • Württembergisches Landesmuseum, Stuttgart
  • Kunstmuseet Trapholt, Kolding
  • Vestlandisk Kunstindustri Museet, Bergen
  • Coburg Museum, Coburg
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
  • F.N.A.C. for Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris
  • Schleswig-Holsteinisches Landesmuseum
  • Oslo Kunstindustrimuseet
  • Princessehof Museum, Leeuwarden
  • Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New-York, U.S.A.
  • Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburg
  • Ulster Museum, Belfast
  • State Museum of Painting and Sculpture, Ankara
  • Museu Nacional do Azulejo, Lisbon
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, U.S.A.
  • Mint Museum of Art, Craft and Design, North Carolina, U.S.A.
  • Ankara Devlet Resim ve Heykel Müzesi, Ankara

Awards

(A selection)

  • 1982 Tagea Brandt's Legat, Denmark
  • 1983 Eckersberg Medal, Denmark
  • 1988 Atatürk Gold Medal, Turkey
  • 1988 Sanat Kurumu, Ceramics Prize, Turkey
  • 1990 Louis Vuitton, Moët Hennessy « Science pour l'Art » Prize
  • 1995 Prins Eugen Medal, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2000 Knight of Dannebrogordenen, Denmark
  • 2006 Anne-Marie Telmanyi-born Carl-Nielsen's Legate
  • 2009 Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
  • 2010 C.L David's Honorary Legate

Memberships

W.C.C. Denmark (Craft Council of Denmark)

Art Group "Grönningen"

The Danish Society of Artists

International Academy of Ceramics

Education

Contributions to Society

Family and Friends

Projects in her Honour

Further Reading

Jülide Güngör, "Çanaklarla sürekli didişme halindeyim", zaman.com, 6.12.2012.

"Alev Ebüziyya Siesbye, bir seramik evreni / 1964- 2000", arkitera.com.

Alistair McAlpine, "The Platonic Bowl", cornucopia.net (access 5.5.2012).

"17 Eylül-4 Kasım 2002 tarihleri arasında Türk ve İslam Eserleri Müzesi'ndeki sergi" , allianz.com, (access 2.12.2011).

Ufuk Tolga Savaş, "Seramik Sanatında Boşluk", Sanat ve Tasarım Dergisi, Nr. 3, p. 105-116, Gazi Üniversitesi Güzel Sanatlar Fakültesi Yayını, 2009, ISSN: 1308-2264. (access 9.2.2012).

Garth Clark, Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye, Kale Seramik Sanat Yayınları, Istanbul, 1999.

See for more information: Gunnar Jakobsen, Litteraturoversigten er udarbejdet pa basis af "Dansk Keramisk Bibliografi 1880-1997" [Danish Ceramic Bibliography 1880-1997], Hast & Sen, Copenhagen 1998.

Sources

Quoted Sources
  • Garth Clark, "Alev Ebüziyya Siesbye" (Translation Zeynep Rona) Kale Seramik Sanat Yayınları, İstanbul, 1999.
  • Alistair McAlpine, "The Platonic Bowl", cornucopia.net, access 5.5.2012.
  • Source of Visual Images
    • Private archive of Alev Ebüzziya Siesby
    • Photographs: Jean Marie del Moral, Patrick Müller

Acknowledgments

The Women's Museum Istanbul would like to thank Alev Ebüzziya Siesby for her support in compiling this introductory page and Jean Marie del Moral and Patrick Müller for allowing usage of their photographs.


Translation into English: Çetin Alanya, Istanbul, Turkey
Editing: Lyndall von Dewitz, Oberasbach, Bavaria, Germany

©2012 Meral Akkent
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