"Bedri Rahmi's lost mosaic wall and the story of the Turkish Pavilion of Expo 58"

The Department of English Language and Literature,

Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Çankaya University

cordially invites you to

"Bedri Rahmi's lost mosaic wall and the story of the Turkish Pavilion of Expo 58,"

a visual presentation

by Johann Pillai, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature

on Friday, 11 December 2015

at 13:30–14:45

in the Red Hall, Central Campus




Some fifty years ago one of the most significant works in the history of Turkish art and architecture disappeared; and prior to the research described in this presentation, all of the Turkish art and architectural history textbooks, academic articles and websites described it as "lost." The presentation traces to the present, through historical mishaps, wars, military coups and trials, and chance discoveries, what actually happened to Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu's 227m2 mosaic wall, and to the structure where it was displayed, the Turkish pavilion at the 1958 Brussels World's Fair (Expo 58) – Turkey's first modern prefabricated building, which brought together many of the living major figures in the country's history of art, architecture, classical music, and politics. Through personal histories, interviews, news stories, historical narratives, archival recordings and contemporary amateur videos, it follows a tale of discovery and detection spanning over fifty years of the social and cultural histories of Turkey and Cyprus.