New Exhibition of Gürbüz Doğan Ekşioğlu Opens at ITU RAG
Jan 27, 2016

A new exhbition of Turkish graphics designer Gürbüz Doğan Ekşioğlu named “Comma” will be opened on February, 11 at ITU Rectorate Art Gallery.

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The exhibition will display close to 50 works of Ekşioğlu, who is famous in Turkey and in the US for his ability to bring art and intelligence together. The recent works of the artist including “paper, canvas, photography, digital printing and 3D” works will be exhibited at ITU RAG until March, 3. The gallery is located on the İTÜ Ayazağa campus in Maslak, and can be visited by art lovers everyday between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

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Ekşioğlu regards the time of exhibition as short breaks in his painting. Defining this break as putting a "comma" between his works, Ekşioğlu also chose it as the title for his 26th exhibition.

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"For as long as I can remember, I have been holding a pen and it has become an extension of my body,” says Ekşioğlu, who started his art career 39 years ago as a cartoonist. He holds more than 70 prizes. His cartoons and illustrations were published in various newspapers and magazines, such as Forbes, The Atlantic, The New York Times, on six covers of The New Yorker and one cover of Forbes.


Humour is a Serious Business
Another famous Turkish artist Balkan Naci İslimyeli drew attention to the importance of Ekşioğlu’s works on the eve of the exhibition by saying:
“Art is an act of producing fruit with a special taste by injecting muse, experience and precision. Gazing around Gürbüz Doğan Ekşioğlu's gardens of humor, which are full of sweet and sour fruit, we are given a unique opportunity. The future generations who taste the products of the garden he has grown and fostered step-by-step for many years will learn that humor can be sensible and permanent when combined with creativity, intelligence, criticism and bravery. As Ekşioğlu silently tells us, humor is a serious business.”

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The 11th Exhibition at ITU RAG
ITU RAG was opened in early 2014 as a place where all members of ITU as well as all Istanbul dwellers can meet new pieces of art. So far, 10 exhibitions have been opened at the gallery where the works of artists from different disciplines have been displayed. The gallery, with its central location and easy access to various forms of transportation, is located on the entrance floor of the Rectory building on the İTÜ Ayazağa campus. The gallery can be visited everyday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. In addition, a special e-magazine is published for each exhibition. The interviews with the artists and videos related to the preparatory efforts for the exhibitions can be seen in the e-magazine, available online at: