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Mutlu Cerkez

10 February – 14 April 2018

Curators: Charlotte Day, Hannah Mathews and Helen Hughes

Mutlu Çerkez: 1988–2065 is an exhibition and monograph that survey the art and life of Mutlu Çerkez, the Turkish Cypriot Australian artist who lived and worked in Melbourne until his death in 2005.

Çerkez was an influential artist who, during his lifetime, had a significant impact on the Australian and international art worlds. His work incorporated traditions of conceptual art, minimalism and monochrome painting but made its own internal logic its primary reference point while strenuously resisting a reduction to any single style.

Mutlu Çerkez: 1988–2065 brings together the artist’s key remaining works loaned from public and private collections across Australia as well as from the artist’s family. The accompanying monograph features newly commissioned essays by Francis Plagne, Max Delany and the exhibition’s curators. It will also include an illustrated catalogue raisonné.

Media Kit:

Mutlu Çerkez: 1988–2065 media kit

Public Program:

Various ResponsesMutlu Çerkez: 1988-2065, Saturday 14 April

Mutlu Çerkez: 1988–2065 has been generously supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Besen Family Foundation.

Exhibition catalogue:

Mutlu Çerkez: 1988–2065. Purchase via MUMA Shop.

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Image: Mutlu Çerkez, Dead: 4 August 2027 reference – Untitled 22095 (15 March 2025), 1992, Untitled 22108 (28 March 2025), 1992 from the series More notes for an unwritten opera 1997, oil on canvas, GRANTPIRRIE Private, Sydney. Photo: Andrew Curtis

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