The opening of the Independence Exhibition was held at the Kulturpark Atlas Pavilion on the 30th anniversary of the August 99 Victory Day. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer invited all Izmir residents, saying that they are proud to bring the exhibition, which was previously opened in Istanbul and Ankara and reached 650 thousand visitors, to Izmir.
Within the framework of Mayor Tunç Soyer's vision of transforming İzmir into a city of culture and arts, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality brought the “Independence Exhibition”, the most comprehensive exhibition on the National Struggle, to the city with the cooperation of İşbank and İş Sanat. The Independence Exhibition, which describes the struggle of the Turkish Nation with nearly a thousand documents, photographs, films and objects, was opened at the Kulturpark Atlas Pavilion with the title of “Independence Exhibition Towards the 30th Anniversary of the Great Victory” on 100 August Victory Day. Neptün Soyer, wife of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer, business people, collectors, art lovers, metropolitan bureaucrats and citizens attended the exhibition opening.
The exhibition, which can be visited free of charge, will remain open until September 9, 2022. The exhibition can be visited between 11.00:20.30 and XNUMX:XNUMX.
“A very important work of art”
In his speech at the opening ceremony, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer said, “We call İzmir the city of foundation and liberation. Today, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the August 99 Victory Day with great pride and happiness. I think that one of the biggest disasters that can happen to a society is the loss of its connection with its past and nature. Because our cultural existence is shaped only by our past and nature. If the ties are broken, our part of being a society, our commitment to the city and country we live in, our belonging will be missing. Then it will not be possible to understand our age and to produce correct solutions for the time we live in. For this reason, I think that the main duty of a mayor is to protect the nature and cultural heritage of the city entrusted to him. It is the only way to grow wealth and to share it fairly. This exhibition, which we opened, is a very important work of art that reinforces the ties between our past and the present.”
“I am sure it will attract great attention in İzmir”
Stating that the Independence Exhibition showed us that the only way for something to get better is through individual determination and dedication, Soyer continued his words as follows: “We can never change our lives and ultimately the world without having the courage to open a new path. This is what Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and his comrades-in-arms, who inspired the existence of this exhibition with their hands, nails, blood, souls and hearts, tell us. The Independence Exhibition was opened by İş Sanat on the 19th anniversary of May 1919, 100 in Istanbul and Ankara. Today, we are proud to bring the exhibition to our city. A special entrance emphasizing the importance of İzmir was added to the exhibition with the invaluable contributions of our local resources. The liberation of Izmir has been made one of the subjects discussed in different parts of the exhibition. I am sure that the exhibition, which will remain open until September 9, 2022, will attract great interest in İzmir. I owe a debt of gratitude to the teams of İş Sanat and İzmir Metropolitan Municipality, who put great effort in the preparation of this important work, and to our collectors from İzmir, who enriched this exhibition even more.”
Not without Izmir
Adnan Bali, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Türkiye İş Bankası stated that they brought the exhibition to İzmir thanks to President Soyer and said, “This exhibition is meeting with the people of İzmir through the valuable invitation of the Metropolitan Mayor, Mr. Tunç Soyer. I would like to thank all those who contributed, especially President Soyer, for their support. Such things cannot happen without İzmir. From the foundation of the Republic to the holding of the Izmir Economy Congress and the decisions of İşbank, Izmir is a very special city. There could not be any other city where this exhibition would be more fitting. Despite all the restrictions of the pandemic, more than 650 thousand people visited the exhibition in Istanbul alone. I think this record will be broken in Izmir," he said.
What's in the exhibition?
The Independence Exhibition, which was awarded the PRIDA in the Reputation Management category and the Golden Compass in the Corporate Social Responsibility-Culture and Art category in 2020, describes all dimensions of the nation's struggle for independence through nearly a thousand original documents, photographs, films and objects. There are six sections in the exhibition: "Ten-Year War", "True and Occupation", "Resistance and National Forces", "Ordinary Army and Surface Defense", "Law and Offensive", "Independence and the Republic".
While preparing for İzmir, the exhibition was enriched with additions that underline the city's place and importance in the National Struggle and reached its widest form ever. An introductory section emphasizing the importance of İzmir at the turn of the century was added with the support of local sources and collectors.
The exhibition, which was prepared by making use of many domestic and foreign archives and collections, includes military objects, diaries, notes, maps prepared during the war, and written documents such as the front orders of the command echelons, as well as many photographs and video footage. Texts are supported by screens and projections.
The exhibition can also be visited online at issanat.com.tr.