President Gül presented the 2010 Presidential Grand Awards in Culture and Arts to Cemal Kafadar for history, to Ergin İnan for painting and to Oya Eczacıbaşı as the representative of the Istanbul Modern in the branch of the Institute of Culture and Arts.
During the ceremony held at the Çankaya Presidential Palace, President Gül delivered a speech, recalling that the Presidential Culture and Arts Grand Awards are granted in December every year. The President declared that a country’s activities in arts, culture and science are its core richness.
Attaching great significance to the activities in arts, culture and science during his address, president Gül noted: “The best demonstration of this is that we appreciate the very assets of Turkey and introduce them to the Turkish public and the whole of the world with these awards we present every year.”
Drawing attention to the fact that in Turkey the activities in these fields have recently enhanced, the President said the works in this regard have been translated into a number of foreign languages, adding that it is today possible to see Turkish artists’ works of art at the galleries throughout the world.
TURKEY’S VALUE GRADUALLY INCREASING
The President continued as follows: “Turkey is becoming a country whose esteem and value are increasing and which is appreciated all over the world in all respects. This is not only because of its economy, political weight but because of its activites in arts, culture and science. We will enjoy this much more often in the future.”
TURKEY’S GREATEST RICHNESS
Turkish scientists and artists today, he maintained, contribute greatly to the universal and cultural life and he further reiterated: “I see Turkey’s greatest richness in this area. The very foundation of this is freedoms and democracy. Unless we cannot have such atmosphere, the activities in cultre, art and science cannot reach universal accomplishment. Therefore, enhancement of freedoms have always been important to us and I as President will continue to patronage and protector of these issues.”
At the end of his speech, the president congratulated the awardees on their achievements.
Prof. Dr. Kafadar, extending his thanks to the President and the jurors, noted that Turkey has achieved great developments and growth in 90 years and shared his pride in being granted an award as an indication of multivocalities in Turkey.
Prof. Dr. İnan, underlining his happiness to receive the award, offered his thanks to those who have supported him during his studies.
The CEO of the Istanbul Modern, Oya Eczacıbaşı, proclaimed that the award has honored them, extending her thanks to President Gül.
Prof. Dr. Cemal Kafadar (in History)
Born in Istanbul in 1954, Prof. Dr. Kafadar received his doctorate at McGill University’s Institute of Islamic Studies. He was an academic member at Princeton University from 1985 to 1989 and has been a faculty member at the Department of History of Harvard University since 1990.
Prof. Dr. Ergin İnan (in Painting)
Prof. Dr. İnan was born in the city of Malatya in 1943. Graduating from the Department of Painting of the State Applied Fine Arts in 1968, Prof. Dr. İnanlı carried out his studies in such foreign countries as Austria, Franse and Italy. He was a lecturer at Marmara University from 1992 to 1998 and is currently a faculty member at Yeditepe University.
Istanbul Modern Arts Museum (in the branch of the Instiute of Culture and Art)
The first private museum to hold modern and contemporary art exhibitions in Turkey, the Istanbul Modern was opened to visit by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts under the leadership of Oya Eczacıbaşı to help promote the modern art in the society.