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ON RECORD

The “album cover” is one of the most exciting image production areas of our time. Before being a giant way of expression in the musical creative journeys of artists, it was once a proprietary idea and concept. Columbia, which started working with an art director for the first time in 1938, changed history with this move. And American designer Alex Steinweiss pioneered a whole new way of expressing creativity in the music community. He gave albums a new language and format, and thus opened the door to artistic experimentation. Steinweiss first applied this format to covers of classical musicians such as Beethoven, and the sales of these albums exploded. The adventure, which has been around since the 1940s, has turned into an incredible movement and permanent cultural creation for the local and the global. One after another, record companies switched to paperback and original designs. By the 1950s, albums, the ’12” LPs of the time, became commonplace as the standard format. The concept, which offers artists a field of discovery and expression where they can go beyond music, showed itself in experimental responses on album covers with the growth of the industry in the 60s and the diversified trends of the period itself. The iconic story of album covers in the history of music continues as a breathtaking visual feast. Many of these covers are still iconic. Album covers of great artists such as Miles Davis, Madonna, The Prodigy and Blur Abbey Road, Beatles, and Elton John have taken their places on the shelves of history. Today, “album cover” transformed into the experimentation of creativity in the newest mediums. Countless cult frames and their new edits now bear the signature of groundbreaking photographers.

On Record, based on the collections of Murat Abbas, Kanat Atkaya, and Burak Sülünbaz, explores frames and stories from the visual history of music.

COLLECTORS

Murat Abbas, Kanat Atkaya, Burak Sülünbaz

DATES

6-16 October 2022

VENUE

Akaretler Sıraevleri 17

Her gün 10:30 – 20:00