The “Fine Arts Republic Exhibition”, which consists of 50 works of painting, sculpture, ceramics, stained glass and prints made by 16 artists from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Near East University, was opened at the Exhibition Hall of the Near East University Faculty of Dentistry. The Fine Arts Republic Exhibition, held by the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts in honor of the 99th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey, was inaugurated by President Ersin Tatar and President of the National Assembly, Zorlu Töre.
The exhibition will be open to visitors free of charge until 13 November. At the opening of the exhibition, Near East University Fine Arts and Design Faculty Dean Prof. Dr. Erdal Aygenç, Near East University Vice Rector Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ, President of the National Assembly Zorlu Töre and President Ersin Tatar made speeches.
President Ersin Tatar: “I am very happy to be at the opening of such a meaningful culture and art event organized in honor of the 99th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey.”
Speaking at the opening of the Fine Arts Republic Exhibition, President Ersin Tatar expressed his happiness to be at the opening of such a meaningful culture and art event organized in honor of the 99th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey, and said, “We owe this prosperous and free life we live today to Great Leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and his comrades.” Reminding that the 39th anniversary of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus will be celebrated in about 3 weeks, President Ersin Tatar said, “We should celebrate the foundation of our Republic by combining it with the consciousness of sovereignty. Sovereignty means the title deed of the state. If you don’t have sovereignty, you can’t stand.”
President Tatar said, “In addition to its academic achievements, Near East University, attaching importance to art and artists, continues to promote the name of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus at all times. The works exhibited here today will be a light for future generations, just like all the works of art in the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts.”
Zorlu Töre, President of the National Assembly: “It is our primary duty to protect our country and our republic.”
Speaking at the opening of the Fine Arts Republic Exhibition, Zorlu Töre, President of the National Assembly of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, said, “The Republic, as Atatürk said, is the greatest treasure, the greatest work of art, the greatest happiness, the greatest virtue. The most beautiful administration style that befits the Turkish nation is the republic.”
Töre further said; “I am honored to be in this special exhibition dedicated to the 99th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey. We will all do our best to ensure that our homeland and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus live forever.”
Töre said that every state is trying to keep its own state alive by giving its own national struggle, “It is our primary duty to protect our country and our republic. Fulfilling this duty properly is the greatest gift to Atatürk and our martyrs. I would also like to thank the Near East University for bringing us together with this special exhibition today.”
Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ: “We celebrate the 99th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey with an art festival befitting the enthusiasm of the Republic.”
Near East University Vice Rector Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ started his speech by saying that they celebrated the 99th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey with an art feast befitting the enthusiasm of the republic, and referred to words of Atatürk; “Our great cause is to increase our existence as the most civilized and prosperous nation. This is the dynamic ideal of the great Turkish nation, which has made fundamental reforms not only in its institutions but also in its thoughts. To keep this ideal alive in the minds of the Turkish youth and in the consciousness of the Turkish nation is the main duty of our universities and high schools.”
Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ also said, “As Near East University, we fulfill this duty under the leadership of our Founding Rector, Dr. Suat İrfan Günsel, with the vision drawn by Chairman of the Board of Trustees Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel and Günsel Family; It is our biggest goal to carry our existence to the future by producing in the fields of education, art, science and technology, and to fulfill it as the lifeblood of the TRNC, which continues to take root in the Mediterranean.”
Reminding the field rankings of the “2023 World University Rankings” published by London-based Times Higher Education two days ago, Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ, “We were ranked inComputer Sciences in the 151-175 band in the world, first in Turkey; In the field of engineering, in the 176-200 band in the world, second in Turkey; in the field of education, in the 401-500 band in the world, fifth in Turkey; in the field of Clinic and Health, in the 501-600 band in the world, third in Turkey; in the 601-800 band in the world in the field of Life Sciences, third in Turkey, and in the 601-800 band in the world in the field of Social Sciences, in the sixth place in Turkey. This success is an indication of our belief and commitment to this goal.”
Prof. Dr. Erdal Aygenç, “Although it takes hours, days, sometimes even years to bring the finished work of art into being, it takes only a few seconds for the viewer to see and perceive the work.”
Near East University Faculty of Fine Arts Dean Prof. Dr. Erdal Aygenç said: “We respectfully commemorate the cherished memories of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who founded a country that was about to be demolished under the occupation, brought seven heifers to their knees through the War of Independence, and created a state ahead of its time to bring the country and its people to enlightenment and modernity, and entrusted it to us. I kindly express our deepest gratitude to him and hiss friends. ” and continued his speech with a quote from Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk: “Republic means a form of state with a democracy system, and establishing a modern republic means that the nation should know how to live humanely and learn what it means to live humanely.”
Reminding the words of Near East University Founding Rector Dr. Suat Günsel, Prof. Aygenç also said, “It takes only three minutes to look at the campus of the Near East University from a high place. However, behind that three-minute course, there is 40 years of labor, struggle, sweat, patience, struggle.” Reminding that behind each brick, there is a heart beating with faith, a work of a great mind, a history that you will have difficulty writing every moment of if you try for another 40 years.” Prof. Dr. Erdal Aygenç explained the formation of a work of art in the same way, saying, “A work of art emerges gradually with a series of brush strokes and thousands of chisel strokes; it is prepared with great delicacy and meticulousness. Although it takes hours, days, and sometimes years to bring the finished work of art into being, it takes a few seconds for the viewer to see and perceive the work.”
At the end of his speech, Prof. Dr. Erdal Aygenç expressed his gratitude to all the artists who add value to the Republic Exhibition with their works, and congratulated exhibition curator Assoc. Prof. Dr. Erdoğan Ergün.