A 16th Century Genius Matrakçı Nasuh Exhibition opened in Vienna


Exhibition titled  A 16th Century Genius Matrakçı Nasuh, organised by Yunus Emre Enstitüsü under the auspices of Presidency of Turkey, met with art lovers in Vienna.

Architect Sinan Genim gave a short conference on “Matrakçı Nasuh and His Maps” in the opening ceremony. Genim stated that Matrakçı Nasuh's real name is “Nasuh bin Karagöz bin Abdullah el-Visokavi el-Bosnavî” and he made a name for himself with the mathematics book he wrote at a young age. Nasuh joined Suleiman the Magnificent in his campaigns and painted miniatures of castles and palaces until he passed away at the age of 70.

Vienna Yunus Emre Enstitüsü Director Mevlüt Bulut expressed he is honoured that the works by 16th century genius Matrakçı Nasuh are exhibited in Vienna, the culture capital of Europe.

Curator Beste Gürsu marked that they have realised a project that will carry Turkish culture and arts to international platforms, and 12 women artists inspired by Nasuh's works contributed in the project. Underlining that the first exhibition in the project was opened in Nasuh's native country Bosnia-Herzegovina, Gürsu announced that the documentary Matrakçı Nasuh will come out by the end of 2016.

The exhibition opened in Vienna following Sarajevo, Belgrade, Antalya and İstanbul, features forty-one tile and miniature works with references to Matrakçı Nasuh's works. Nasuh, trained in palace school Enderun Mektebi, had a wide array of interests ranging from mathematics to swordsmanship, literature to philosophy, history to art, and calligraphy to miniature.

Exhibition can be seen in Vienna Art Museum until June 12nd, 2016.