The art gallery, whose construction was completed by the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality at Konak Metro Station, was opened on April 23, National Sovereignty and Children's Day, with an exhibition of researcher-author Hanri Benazus's "Atatürk and Children's Photographs Selection".
Metro stations were reconsidered in line with the goal of Izmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer to turn Izmir into a city of culture and art. The empty space inside Konak Metro Station has been converted into an art gallery. İzmir's new art gallery was opened with an exhibition of writer Hanri Benazus' “Atatürk and Child Photographs Selection” on April 23, National Sovereignty and Children's Day. The photographs in the exhibition were selected from 20 thousand photographs donated by Hanri Benazus to the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality.
İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer and his wife Neptün Soyer, Konak Mayor Abdül Batur, writer Hanri Benazus, former Deputy Mayor of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Sırrı Aydoğan, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Assembly Member Nilay Kökkılınç, bureaucrats, council members and art lovers attended the opening.
“Our ancestor's love for children is in these photos”
Speaking at the opening, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer said, “The representatives of the people, who came together under the presidency of the Great Leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, established the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TBMM) exactly 102 years ago. Gazi Mustafa Kemal gifted the day when the Turkish people declared their sovereignty to all children of the world. Dear children, when we look at you, we see your radiant eyes, which are the guarantee of the Republic of Turkey and our national sovereignty, which we entrusted to our ancestors. We strive to leave a democratic, fair, equal and prosperous country to our children, who are our hope. Hanri Benazus devoted his life to finding and collecting never-before-known photographs of our Ancestor. The exhibition that emerged from this unique collection mirrors the moments our father spent with children. Each of these photographs shows us the love and trust that Gazi Mustafa Kemal has for children.”
“My gratitude to Benazus”
President Soyer also said, “Today, we will also bring Konak Metro Art Gallery to Izmir. kazanI am happy to have gone. The fact that our new gallery has been opened with this valuable exhibition has a special meaning. I would like to express my gratitude once again to the very dear Hanri Benazus, who made this exhibition possible by donating the 20 thousand square meter archive of Atatürk photographs to our municipality. Happy April 23 National Sovereignty and Children's Day to all children of the world, ”she said.
“A facility befitting the vision of our Bronze President”
Konak Mayor Abdul Batur said, “Today, we are opening an exhibition hall that is very important in terms of very good timing. It has become a facility that befits İzmir and befits the vision of our dear Tunç President.”
“The day has come to call Izmir a culture and art city”
Hanri Benazus, who stated that the result was a work worthy of İzmir, said, “Very important steps have been taken, especially in our President's effort to make İzmir a center of culture and art. He made all kinds of sacrifices. Now it's time to call İzmir a city of culture and art," he said.
The exhibition will be open to visitors between 09:00 and 17:30 on weekdays and Saturdays, and between 12:00 and 17:00 on Sundays.
modern art gallery
Konak Metro Gallery is located on an area of 2 thousand square meters in the section at the entrance of Kemeraltı to the station. There are entrance hall, warehouses, cloakroom, toilets, an elevator system for the disabled, administrative offices and a cafe in the art gallery, which was brought to life with an investment of 3 million 120 thousand liras by the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Construction Works Department.