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Published:March 29th, 2009 15:58 EST
Hulda Festival in Stockholm and Europe

Hulda Festival in Stockholm and Europe

By Askin Ozcan (Mentor)

A delight in sculpture. 

HULDA FESTIVAL was opened at Moderna Museet  in Stockholm, with a cocktail arranged by the Ilhan Koman Foundation, Moderna Museet and The Turkish Embassy in Stockholm. The festival will last until April 5.

HULDA FESTIVAL is a trip into art and science, with an exhibition of the works of the world-renowned Turkish sculptor Ilhan Koman, in various European cities, 10 different workshops for the youth, International Competition for the Students, and activities in Istanbul, to celebrate its being the Culture Capital of Europe " 2010.

In Stockholm, the festival takes place in Moderna Museet  and in M/S HULDA, docked on the backside of Moderna Museet in Skeppsholmen, which is a schooner built in 1905 and renovated in 1965.  After sculptor Ilhan Koman bought it, renovated it and lived in it until his death in 1986, having docked it at the Royal Port at Drottningholm.

Ilhan Koman is a graduate of the Art Academy in Istanbul and taught sculpture at Stockholm. The Art Academy (Konstfackskolan)  between 1959 and 1986. His greatly inspiring works of sculpture span a wide range of materials and methods and are in the collections of Moderna Museet (Stockhom), Musee d`Art Modern (Paris), Museo J. Battle (Montevideo),  Museum of Modern Art (New York), National Museum of Painting and Sculpture (Istanbul), Palais International des Beaux-Art (Brussels), Seattle Art Museum, Bogazici University (Istanbul).

Ilhan Koman was influenced in his art, by Rodin, Giacometti and Brancusi and expects that the content of art, like science, must be a result of a chain of events, where the last chain is always open for the newcomer. Koman`s work has been exhibited also in EXPO 2000 Hannover, Istanbul, Italy, France, Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Sweden.

After the HULDA FESTIVAL,  M/S Hulda, will sail for further exhibitions in Amsterdam (May 8- 17, 2009) , Antwerpen ( May 29- June 7), Bordeaux (July 17-26), Lisboa Sep.4-13), Barcelona ( March 19-28, 2010), Napoli (May 7-16), Valetta (June 18-27), Thessaloniki (August 27-Sep 5), Istanbul (Sep 22-November 21) 

This terrific organisation of exhibitions of Ilhan Koman`s work and other activities has been achieved by the Ilhan Koman Foundation with the co-operation of fourteen institutions in respective countries and the support of  nine sponsors, EU  Commission being the main sponsor.

Further information about the HULDA FESTIVAL  can be obtained  from: 

Fany Elisa Torre

Ilhan Koman Foundation and Hulda Festival Coordinator   ,


This article has been written by Askin Ozcan, author of six published books.