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Zerrin Bölükbaşı

Zerrin Bölükbaşı

First woman sculptor to work in abstractions

Date of Birth: 15/01/1919 1919

Place of Birth: Bakırköy, Istanbul

Date of Death: 14/11/2010 2010

Place of Death: Şişli, İstanbul

Burial Site: Zincirlikuyu Cemetery, Istanbul

Topics

Gallery

Field of Activity

Sculpture
Exhibitions
(a selection)
  • 1956 Beyoğlu Municipal Gallery, Istanbul, first individual show
  • 1961Second International Modern Sculpture Exhibition, Musée Rodin, Paris
  • 1986 Ankara Tanbay Art Gallery, Ankara
  • 1990 Destek Art Gallery, Istanbul
Zerrin Bölükbaşı as Administrator
  • 1954-1963Director of the Beyoğlu Municipal Gallery

Awards

  • 1958 Her sculptural work titled "Dance" took second place in an international competition in Paris with artists from 27 countries competing.
  • 1963 She took fourth place in Berlin with a sculpture titled Head of a Black Man.
  • 1969Second place in the State Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, Ankara.

Memberships

International Woman Artists' Club
"Bizim Grup" (the art group "Our Group")

Education

  • 1926 Bakırkoy Primary School, Istanbull
    Kadıköy Amerikan College, Istanbul
  • 1938Istanbul Fine Arts Academy, student of Rudolf Belling

Contributions to Society

  • 1965Zerrin Bölükbaşı was chosen to be the director of the Istanbul division of the International Woman Artists' Club, centered in Paris. (The Woman Artists' Club continued in existence until 1973.)
  • 1986 She donated the revenue from her show at Ankara's Tanbay Art Gallery to assistance programs in Africa.
  • 1987"Our Group" having been founded by Zerrin Bölükbaşı together with Zeki Kıral, Selim Turan, Leyla Gamsız, Hüseyin Gezer, Kristin Saleri, Nuri Abaç, Şadan Bezeyiş, Dinçer Erimez ve Şükriye Dikmen, they all organized painting and sculpture exhibitions every year in Ankara and Istanbul.

Family and Friends

  • Mother:Nevzat Ark
  • Father:İhsan Ark (real estate agent)
  • Sisters:Bercis Ark, Nermin Ark
  • Son:Ahmet Bölükbaşı
  • Husband:Nazif Bölükbaşı
  • Father-in-law: Rıza Tevfik Bölükbaşı (poet, philosopher, politician)
  • Friends:Celal Esat Arseven (painter, art historian, assistant professor, representative in parliament), Sadi Çalık (sculptor), İlhan Koman (sculptor), Hüseyin Gezer (sculptor), Yavuz Görey (architect, sculptor), Kristin Saleri (painter)

Commemorative Projects

Personal Archive

The Zerrin Bölükbaşı personal archive can be found at the Women's Library in Istanbul (Kadın Eserleri Kütüphanesi ve Bilgi Merkezi Vakfı).

The "Figure" Sculpture

Zerrin Bölükbaşı's "Figure" sculpture was first placed in front of the Muhsin Ertuğrul Theater, and later relocated to the sculpture garden of the Officers' Club when the Harbiye Officers' Club garden was expanded.

Play in which she is mentioned

In the play "Kadın Hayattır Memattır Kadın" (Woman is Life), the life of Zerrin Bölükbaşı is featured, together with the lives of other women who were also first in their fields: Leyla Saz, Şair Nigâr, Mihri Hanımand Fatma Aliye.

Kadın Hayattır Memattır Kadın (Woman is Life). Script: Sema Kecik, Arzu Işıtman. Director: Sema Keçik. City Theater production, 2011. Actors: Bensu Orhunöz, Mahperi Mertoğlu, Rozet Hubeş, Şehnaz Bölen Taftalı, Özge Midilli.

Further Reading

Rakım Ziyaoğlu, Zerrin Bölükbaşı (Heykel Sergisi) 4 - 26 Mart 1997, Ankara Sanat Galerisi (Sergi Kataloğu) İstanbul, 1997

"Zerrin Bölükbaşı", kadineserleri.org,
http://www.kadineserleri.org/kadin_rehberi_biyografiler.asp?harf=Z (Erişim 23.2.2012).

Yıldanur Ketenci, Zerrin Bölükbaşı – Yaşamı ve Sanatı , Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi, Güzel Sanatlar Fakültesi, Heykel Bölümü, 1995, diploma thesis. (15.1.2017)

Sources

Quoted Sources
  • · See section "Further Reading"
Source for visual images
  • Kadın Eserleri Kütüphanesi ve Bilgi Merkezi Vakfı, İstanbul

Acknowledgments

The Women's Museum Istanbul is grateful to Burcu Pelvanoğlu for her support in producing the Zerrin Bölükbaşı introductory pages.


Translation into English: Margaret Fearey, Milton, Massachusetts, USA
©2012 Meral Akkent
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