The exhibition ‘Ottoman Empire from the 19th Century to the 20th: Struggle – Collectors’ Selection’ organized to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Turkish victory at Gallipoli opened its gates at 18:00 on Friday, 24 April, with the cooperation of Koç University, Vehbi Koç Ankara Studies Research Center (VEKAM), Collectors Association of Ankara, and Municipality of Çankaya, Contemporary Arts Center. The exhibition will accept visitors till Wednesday, 20 May.
The exhibition organized by VEKAM, Collectors Association of Ankara, and Municipality of Çankaya, Contemporary Arts Center will present a picture of the struggle Ottoman Empire went through on both the administrative and the military front from Tanzimat to the War of Independence. The exhibition starts with 1838 Treaty of Balta Limanı, and 1839 Edict of Gülhane, and will tell the tale of “constitutional government, independence, liberty and motherland” struggle of Neo Ottomans who raised their voices against the ever-increasing interventions by European states. The exhibition also makes frequent references to struggles on numerous fronts in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878 and World War I. The authentic documents, photos and objects gathered in long years through arduous efforts of the members of the Collectors Association, will take the visitors to a journey through the history.