World-renowned German surgeon Prof. Dr. Hans-Gerhard Zilch’s “Magic of Hands” collection, the opening exhibition of Folkart Gallery, enchanted visitors on its first-ever exhibit in the country. Since its opening on February 8, 2015, more than 5,000 people visited the exhibition, featuring works by 150 artists, ranging from Picasso to Rodin and Abidin Dino to Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu, who helped shape Turkish and world art. Art lovers, as well as students from kindergartens, primary schools, high schools and various universities, showed great interest to the exhibition. The exhibition will be open for visits free of charge every day except Monday until March 15, 2015 between 10:00 and 20:00 on weekdays, between 10:00 and 19:00 on Saturday and between 10:00 and 18:00 on Sunday.
Folkart Yapı Chairman Mesut Sancak expressed his delight for the great interest shown by Izmir residents. “Since the conception of the idea to build an art gallery of international standards for the city, we have been confident that art lovers of Izmir would embrace the gallery. Our first exhibition, "Magic of Hands" drew great interest not only from art lovers in Izmir, but also from those in the neighboring cities. We even saw families that came from Balıkesir in the morning and returned home in the evening after visiting the exhibit. I believe the appeal of the exhibition snowball in the coming days,” he stated.
An advisory board made up of Turkey's prominent artists and lead by journalist and writer Doğan Hızlan manage Folkart Gallery, which completed its five-year arts planning. According to the plan, the "Magic of Hands" collection will be followed on March 18, 2015, by the "Song for Independence" exhibition, featuring never-before-seen photographs from the Battle of Çanakkale on its 100th anniversary. “Song for Independence” exhibition will be on display free of charge for one month at the Folkart Gallery.