01 Mar 2024 - 28 Apr 2024


Anna Laudel


Embark on a journey through the innovative realms of “Untraditional,” featuring the artistic endeavors of Ertuğrul Güngör and Faruk Ertekin, the newest additions to Anna Laudel’s esteemed portfolio. The exhibition, which offers an in-depth intellectual experience beyond stereotypes by feeding on the culture and past we live in, welcomes visitors at Anna Laudel Istanbul from March 1 until April 28, 2024.

The artist duo Ertuğrul Güngör and Faruk Ertekin, who spent their childhood together in Kütahya, are inspired by the cultural memory of the city they lived in and reinterpret ceramic art with modern design elements. Despite the delicate and fragile nature of ceramics, the artists seek to maintain a delicate balance by integrating robust textures influenced by literary and visual culture, highlighting the dynamic evolution of cultural heritage.

Inspired by a wide range of imagery from the early Republican period like oil paintings, Iznik tiles, traditional women’s motifs and ceramic art, “Untraditional” creates new semantic layers through its connection with modern and contemporary figures. Each work in the exhibition questions the two artists’ traditional understanding of art and offers the viewer an unorthodox intellectual experience.

Visitors can enjoy exploring diverse artworks to discover artistic influences from various cultures, showcasing the versatility and intellectual depth of art. “Untraditional” pays tribute to critically-minded artists and allows viewers the opportunity to be part of a new form of expression that is familiar yet unique.

By adding young talents to its portfolio, Anna Laudel aims to bring an exciting discovery not only to the contemporary art world but also to art lovers. Without being an exception,  Ertuğrul Güngör and Faruk Ertekin offer a diversity that further enriches the gallery’s vision and creates an unmissable experience for those who follow the developments in the art world. Their debut in Anna Laudel Istanbul. “Untraditional” can be visited  between March 1 and April 28.

Press release from Anna Laudel

Image: Ertuğrul Güngör and Faruk Ertekin. Bring My Flower. 2024. 160 x 160 x 2.8 cm. Image courtesy of the artists and Anna Laudel