Art: Neş'e Erdok


The Aydın Doğan Award, given every year since 1996 by the Aydın Doğan Foundation, to award individuals and institutions that have earned praise in various fields such as culture, arts, literature, and sciences in national and international platforms, is given this year to Neş'e Erdok, one of the pioneers of Turkish contemporary art with her figurative narrative.

The award was given to Neş’e Erdok with a ceremony held at the Istanbul Hilton Hotel on May 9, 2017, Tuesday.

Hanzade Doğan Boyner: "Neş'e Erdok is an artist strengthening the reserve of women painters, and we cannot write the history of paintings without her."

Hanzade Doğan Boyner, the Chairwoman of the Aydın Doğan Foundation delivered the opening address at the award ceremony, and said, "As the Aydın Doğan Foundation, we wished to bring the art of painting to the forefront, to make creativity visible and to encourage future generations when deciding on the theme of this year's award. Neş’e Erdok, as a person, and as a personality is a role model for us. We are honored and happy to present her the 21st award of the Aydın Doğan Foundation.”

Stressing that Neş'e Erdok strengthens the post-Republic era women painters genre, carries the core and the content thereof to a contemporary and modern level, and that the history of art just cannot be written without her, Hanzade Doğan Boyner said: “Not only has she left her mark in the history of art in our country with her paintings, Neş’e Erdok is also an instructor who has shed light on the youth with her works in theory as well as practice. Societies can flourish as long as they embrace cultural values, and pave the path for the development of arts. Art is the most important conduit allowing the individual to express oneself freely, and to think freely. If we wish the youth to pursue their dreams, we have no choice but to liberate arts.”

Neş’e Erdok: "This is a wonderful and profound award that I was found worthy of in my golden years"

Receiving her award from Aydın Doğan, the Honorary President of the Aydın Doğan Foundation, Neş’e Erdok delivered a speech, and said “Painters are not that used to talking, our art is a silent art... To hear the painters' voice, you can look at the paintings at the museums, exhibitions, or those at the houses of the lovers of art. This is a wonderful and profound award that I was found worthy of in my golden years. I would like to thank the Aydın Doğan Foundation and the Jury, I am honored,” in expressing her feelings.

During the award ceremony, the audience enjoyed the performance of young and talented violinist Gamze Erengönül, who started her soloist career at the age of 11 by playing with the State Symphony Orchestra, and is renown with her concerts with famous maestros. Gamze Erengönül was accompanied by Melin Molla, a distinguished pianist and academician at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul State Conservatory.