Latest News:  
Beijing   Cloudy/Overcast    12 / 5   City Forecast

People's Daily Online>>World

Istanbul at the crossroad (4)

(People's Daily Online)

13:55, March 21, 2012

Old and new Istanbul (Andre Vltchek/ People's Daily Online)

He thinks awhile sipping strong Turkish tea – cay – then continues: “Istanbul is tremendous trading center and it is big cultural center. In the West they say: ‘Istanbul is community consisting of several cultures; it is the bridge. Recently they even declared it the Cultural Capital of Europe for one year. But when they say ‘culture’, they mean ‘imperialist culture’. Turkey has other great centers of culture: Izmit, Izmir, Trabzon… The West loves Istanbul because it is in many Ways the center of Turkish capitalism, a place where Western ideas are accepted. And when they say ‘the bridge?’ Is it really a bridge to Syria or to Iran?”

And I want to add: ‘Or is it a bridge for the majority – for the people of Anatolia – to the West?’

“Of course we were brainwashed by the West”, laughs Ms. Elif Aydinligil, a manager of newly opened 5-star hotel Le Meridian. “But I am trying to love my country in objective way. I am only nationalistic when I feel that I can improve things for the people. Otherwise I am an internationalist, learning and respecting other cultures. I think that for Istanbul it is very healthy to balance both worlds. My heart is in the East, while my brain is more Western.”

Not far from Pera Museum, tremendous and impressive museum - ‘Istanbul Modern’ –is hosting enormous Australian exhibition, or more precisely a show, on Dutch painter Van Gogh. More than an exhibition, it is a light and projection show, impressive but one could also say ‘too experimental’ or ‘shiny’.

Across the street, there is much more traditional exhibition of the Spanish painter Salvador Dali and further down along the Bosporus, an exposition of Rembrandt. Art scene of Istanbul is more Western than that in many Western cities. One would be hard-pressed to find contemporary art exhibitions from the Middle East or Africa. And there is close to nothing from Asia.

【1】 【2】 【3】 【4】 【5】 【6】 【7】 【8】 【9】 【10】
【11】 【12】 【13】 【14】 【15】 【16】

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:姚春)

Related Reading

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name

  

Selections for you


  1. Ancient Buddha statues unearthed in Hebei

  2. China’s Dead Sea: Yanchi in Yuncheng city

  3. Severe drought continues in Chongqing

  4. Frenchmen go for rides by tricycle in Shanghai

Most Popular

Opinions

  1. Monk move in Nansha Islands new ploy by Vietnam
  2. Protectionism cannot save U.S. auto industry
  3. China continues to promote peace in Afghanistan
  4. Nuclear security cooperation
  5. Arms race will happen, but who to blame?
  6. Why China can't persuade N.Korea alone
  7. WTO's raw materials ruling reveals bias
  8. 21st Century classrooms needed for the future
  9. West's rare earth claim against China unreasonable
  10. Chinese economy vital for world

What's happening in China

Sandstorm hits Xinjiang, will likely continue

  1. Qingdao gang boss sentenced to death
  2. Warehouse fire kills 3 in S China
  3. Half mln Chongqing people lack drinking water
  4. Police accused of abandoning girl
  5. China has nearly half a million NGOs

PD Online Data

  1. Spring Festival
  2. Chinese ethnic odyssey
  3. Yangge in Shaanxi
  4. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  5. The drum dance in Ansai