Feridun Ozgoren Ebru

Art Exhibition


On View Through December 15, 2019

Gallery 183
(Adjacent to the Arts of Islamic Cultures Gallery)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

465 Huntington Avenue
Free with Museum Admission and for MFA Members

Five exquisite marbled paper calligraphic works by Boston-based artist Feridun Özgören, and one work by his student Güliz Pamukoğlu, are currently on view, until December 15, 2019, in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in an installation coinciding with the opening of a new gallery for the Arts of Islamic Cultures. Özgören, who was awarded the Presidential Culture and Arts Grand Award in 2016, has spent decades deeply engaged with the history of Ottoman Turkish calligraphy. The unique practice he has evolved combines exquisite calligraphic compositions with dazzling colors and forms created through paper marbling, resulting in compositions that envelop the viewer in a stunning world of letters and colors.

Established in 1870, the year MFA was founded, the collection of Islamic art in the museum has grown to become one of the most important in the United States.

"Curated Conversations"

Feridun Özgören, An Artist’s Insights

Sunday, December 1, 2019 | 2:00 p.m.
Sharf Visitor Center (130.10)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue
Free with Museum Admission and for MFA Members

Feridun Ozgoren

A gallery talk with Feridun Özgören will take place as a part of MFA's "Curated Conversations" on Sunday, December 1, 2019 with Laura Weinstein, Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


Feridun Ozgoren

Feridun Özgören was born in Istanbul; he lives and works in Boston.

Özgören  graduated from the Department of Economics at Istanbul University, and subsequently earned his MPH in biostatistics at the University of Michigan, in the School of Public Health.

He learned the art of Ebrû (paper marbling) from Niyazi Sayın of Istanbul, and has practiced as a master of this medium for more than thirty years.  Özgören’s art work has been shown in major solo exhibitions in Istanbul and throughout Turkey, in the US, Germany, and Bahrain.  He teaches, and lectures widely; he has held numerous visiting artist’s workshops and demonstrations.  His works  are featured in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Houghton Library of Harvard University, the Margaret Clapp Library of Wellesley College Special Collections, the Cooper Hewitt Museum New York, the Dolmabahçe Palace Museum in Istanbul, and the Bahrain National Museum as well as the Beit al Quran Museum in  Manama.  In 2016 he was awarded the Presidential Culture and Arts Grand Award of the Republic of Turkey.

Feridun Ozgoren and Niyazi Sayin

Özgören is a musician, performing and teaching Turkish classical music, primarily playing the tanbur; he conducts the Cambridge Musiki Cemiyeti in Boston. He is also a maker of Turkish instruments, including tanbur, kemence, rebab, lauta, bendir,and ney: Özgören re-designed the largely-lost Turkish çeng (the Ottoman harp) for contemporary performance, and was awarded the American Fullbright Fellowship for this work.

Photos courtesy of Feridun Özgören


Laura WeinsteinLaura Weinstein is Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Since arriving at the MFA in 2009 she has lead the reinstallation of the Museum’s South and Southeast Asian collections and curated several exhibitions of Islamic and Indian art, including a touring exhibition of the MFA’s collection of Arts from Islamic Cultures.She is the author of Ink, Silk & Gold: Islamic Art from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and a range of scholarly publications dealing with illustrated Persian manuscripts, particularly those produced in South Asia. Weinstein oversaw the recent reinstallation of the Islamic art collection at the MFA.