Adnan Turani

Who is Adnan Turani?

He was born in 1925 in Beşiktaş district of Istanbul. He graduated from Istanbul Teacher Training School as a primary school teacher. After graduating from the art department of Ankara Gazi Education Institute in 1945, he worked as an art teacher for five years.
He went to Germany with a state scholarship in 1953. He studied with Franz Nagel at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts, with Henninger and Willi Baumeister at the Stuttgart Academy of Fine Arts, and with Heins Trokes at the Hamburg Academy of Fine Arts. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies and returned to Turkey.

When he returned home in 1959, he started working as a workshop teacher in the painting department of Gazi Education Institute and continued this job until 1970. In 1970, he also took classes at Hacettepe University, Faculty of Letters and Fine Arts.

He also served as coordinator of the Institute of Fine Arts at Hacettepe University, where he started his doctorate in 1972. The artist, who received his doctorate in 1973, became an associate professor in 1978. He worked as a lecturer in the art history department of Hacettepe University Faculty of Letters until 1986. Adnan Turani, who was the head of the painting department at Bilkent University Faculty of Fine Arts between 1986 and 1987, retired in 1990.

Adnan Turani also has published works on plastic arts aesthetics, art philosophy and art history, which he prepared during his time as a higher education professor.
Turani, who had been working in Ankara, the city where he lived, since 1990, died on December 17, 2016, at Hacettepe University Hospital, where he was treated.

Personal exhibitions
1958 Galerie für Moderne Kunst, Hanover
1958 Galerie von der Höh, Hamburg
1959 Galerie Bremer, West Berlin
1960 City Gallery, Istanbul
1960 Turkish American Association, Ankara
1960 Gallery Milar, Ankara
1963 Gallery Beit Zwi, Tel Aviv
1964 State Gallery, Ankara
1965 French Cultural Center
1969 German Library, Ankara
1977 12 Peintres Etrangers, Galerie Fröhlich, Bern
1978 Tiglat Art Gallery, Istanbul
1979 Tiglat Art Gallery, Istanbul
1980 Tiglat Art Gallery, Istanbul
1981 Pedil Art Gallery, Ankara
1982 Tiglat Art Gallery, Istanbul
1984 Tiglat Art Gallery, Istanbul
1985 Doku Art Gallery, Ankara
1986 Doku Art Gallery, Ankara
1988 Doku Art Gallery, Ankara
1996 Yapı Kredi Kazım Taşkent Art Gallery, Istanbul
2006 White art gallery Ankara
2006 May Doku Art Gallery Istanbul
2007 Doku Art Gallery Istanbul
January 2008, Doku Art Gallery Istanbul
March 2008, Doku art gallery Istanbul
April 2008 Doku Art Gallery
2009 Doku Art Gallery Istanbul

1993 Sedat Simavi Foundation Visual Arts Award
2001 Contemporary Artists Foundation Honor Award
1998 Anadolu University "Honorary Doctorate" award
The Real Face of Modern Art (First Book), 1960
Dictionary of Art Terms, 1964
On Painting, 1964
Dictionary of Fine Arts Terms, 1968
World Art History, 1971
Philosophy of Contemporary Art, 1974
Turkish Painting Art Oriented to Western Understanding, 1978
Geometry in Painting, 1979
History of Contemporary Turkish Painting from the Beginning to the Present, 1982

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