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BEDRI BAYKAM

(1957, Ankara)

Bedri Baykam was born in 1957, in Ankara, Turkey. His father Dr. Suphi Baykam was a famous deputy in the Turkish parliament and his mother Mutahhar Baykam an architect-engineer. He started to paint when he was only two years old, and has had several exhibitions since the age of six in Bern, Geneva, New York, Washington, London, Rome, Munich, Stockholm, etc. during his childhood years, when he was known as a child prodigy, (wunderkind) throughout the world.

He studied at the Sorbonne University in Paris from 1975 to 1980 and got an MBA degree. During this time, he also studied drama in L'Actorat, Paris. He lived in California during the years 1980-1987, studied painting and film-making at the California College of Arts and Crafts, in Oakland. He had several shows in New York, California and Paris. He returned to Turkey in 1987 and has been living in Istanbul since.

He has had 86 one-man-shows in various countries in addition to participating in numerous group shows. To date, he authored fifteen books, five of which were on art (one in English), and eight on politics. One of his most well-known books, "Monkeys' Right to Paint" published in Turkish and English, brings to light the rights of non western artists and severely criticizes the one sided prejudiced attitude of the western art establishment that keeps building a one sided, all western art-history. Baykam is also the writer of a controversial bestseller “The Bone”, published in december 2000. A turn of the Century novel around sex, death, philosophy new sciences, technology and spying, “The Bone” predicted the events of september 11, 10 months before it happened in all its details! “The Bone” will be published in english in 2005.

Baykam is one of the pioneers of the New-Expressionism movement and of multi-media and photo-painting oriented political art. Since the beginning of the 80’s. He directed several 16 mm. short films and has acted in several parts in feature films as an actor.

He is working actively for some associations, such as "The Association for Supporting the Contemporary Living" and "The Association for Atatürk's Thoughts". He was also one of the founders of the "Plastic Arts Associations" in Istanbul. Between 1995 and 1998, he was an elected member of the Party Assembly of the Social Democrat “Republican People's Party” (CHP).(Turkey’s leading leftist Party ) Baykam was also a candidate for the Presidency of this Party in October 2003, at the General Congress in Ankara. He is one of the most outspoken defenders of the secular "Kemalist" republic and of democracy and human rights. Baykam is also the founder and the editor in chief of the monthly art magazine Skala and writer for the daily Cumhuriyet, the political monthly Ileri, and the bi-weekly “Türk Solu” (Turkish left). He is one of the central characters of the Turkish intellectual and political milieu.

Baykam is the owner of the publishing company Piramid, (based in Istanbul) that mainly publishes his books and those of Turkish writer Erje Ayden who has been living in New York for 45 years, and few other young generation writers.

He married journalist Sibel (Yagci) Baykam in May 1997, and they had Suphi, their son, in January 1999


EXHIBITIONS:

ONE MAN SHOWS

SANATSEVENLER KULUBU ANKARA 1963
GEN-AR GALERISI ISTANBUL 1963
TURKISH INFORMATION CENTER BERN 1963
GALERIE DIFAR GENEVA 1963
TURKISH INFORMATION CENTER VIENNA 1964
BELEDIYE SARAYI ISTANBUL 1964
SANATSEVERLER KULUBU ANKARA 1964
GEN-AR GALERISI ISTANBUL 1964
GALERIE DU BAC PARIS 1964
TURKISH INFORMATION CENTER LONDON 1964
GALERIE DE LA MADELAINE BRUSSELS 1965
GALERIE IL BILICO ROMA 1965
GREER GALLERY NEW YORK CITY 1965
AMERICAN FRIENDS GALLERY WASHINGTON D.C. 1966
GEN-AR GALERISI ISTANBUL 1966
DO?US GALERISI ANKARA 1966
GALERIE SCHUMACHER MUNICH 1967
KONSTFACKSKOLAN STOCKHOLM 1967
GALERIE HOTEL INTERCONTINENTAL FRANKFURT 1967
FRANSIZ KULTUR MERKEZI ANKARA 1968
GALERIE HORHAMMER HELSINKI 1968
GALERI 1 ISTANBUL 1969
FRANSIZ KULTUR MERKEZI ANKARA 1969
FRANSIZ KULTUR MERKEZI ANKARA 1971
TURKISH INFORMATION CENTER PARIS 1972
TURKISH INFORMATION CENTER LONDON 1972
ETAP MARMARA GALLERY ISTANBUL 1982
STATE FINE ARTS GALLERY ANKARA 1983
ATATURK KULTUR MERKEZI ISTANBUL 1983
ARTEXPO, COLISEUM NEW YORK CITY 1983
CITY GALLERY SAN FRANCISCO 1983
MARTIN/MOLINARY GALLERY NEW YORK CITY 1984
GALERI BARAZ ISTANBUL 1984
MARTIN/MOLINARY GALLERY NEW YORK CITY 1985
STUDIO 800 PINE OAKLAND 1985
ATATURK KULTUR MERKEZI ISTANBUL 1985
GALERIE DANIEL TEMPLON PARIS 1985
GALERIE WANDA REIFF HULSBERG-HOLLAND 1985
VA GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ART OAKLAND 1986
STEPHEN WIRTZ GALLERY SAN FRANCISCO 1986
ATATURK KULTUR MERKEZI ISTANBUL 1986
BEYMEN GALERISI ANKARA 1986
ARTISAN SANAT GALERISI ANKARA 1986
DEVLET GUZEL SANATLAR G. ADANA 1987
SOYAK SANAT GALERISI ISTANBUL 1987
AYASOFYA HAMAMI ISTANBUL 1987
ATATURK KULTUR MERKEZI ISTANBUL 1988
E. M. DONAHUE GALLERY NEW YORK CITY 1988
URART SANAT GALERISI ISTANBUL 1989
URART SANAT GALERISI ANKARA 1989
GALERIE LAVIGNES BASTILLE PARIS 1990
ATATURK KULTUR MERKEZI ISTANBUL 1990
URART SANAT GALERISI ISTANBUL 1991
E. M DONAHUE GALLERY NEW YORK CITY 1992
ATATURK KULTUR MERKEZI ISTANBUL 1992
KIZILKULE ALANYA 1992
ATATURK KULTUR MERKEZI ISTANBUL 1994
ART-JONCTION CANNES 1994
GALERIE LAVIGNES-BASTILLE PARIS 1994
GALERI NEV ANKARA 1995
ZIRAAT BANKASI GALERISI ANKARA 1995
C. A. M. GALERI ISTANBUL 1995
YILDIZ TEKNIK UNIVERSITESI ISTANBUL 1995
ATATURK KULTUR MERKEZI ISTANBUL 1997
YILDIZ TEKNIK UNIVERSITESI ISTANBUL 1995
BESIKTAS DENIZ MUZESI ISTANBUL 1996
ATATURK KULTUR MERKEZI ISTANBUL 1997
GALERI NEV ANKARA 1998
1907 FENERBAHCE DERNEGI ISTANBUL 1998
MUSEUM OF REVOLUTION HAVANA 1999
C.A.M GALLERY ISTANBUL 1999
GALERIE ZAFIRA PARIS 1999
ATATURK KULTUR MERKEZI ISTANBUL 1999
ISTANBUL UNIVERSITESI
ISTANBUL UNIVERSITESI ISTANBUL
ISTANBUL 2000
2001
GALERI G ISTANBUL 2001
ATATURK KULTUR MERKEZI ISTANBUL 2002
GALERIE LAVIGNES- BASTILLE PARIS 2002
SIYAH-BEYAZ GALERI ANKARA 2002
ART PARIS PARIS 2002
DIRIMART ISTANBUL 2003
MINE SANAT GALLERY ISTANBUL 2003
SARAJEVO TURKISH CULTURAL CENTER SARAJEVO 2004
TUZLA TURKISH CULTURAL CENTER TUZLA/BOSNA 2004
C.A.M GALLERY ISTANBUL 2004
ORTAKOY CULTURAL CENTER ISTANBUL 2004
SISLI TERAKKI FOUNDATION ISTANBUL 2004

SELECTED GROUP-SHOWS

Art '78, Istanbul (1978)
Salon de Montrouge, Paris(1985)
1. Uluslararası Asya-Avrupa Sanat Bienali, Ankara (1986)
Çağdaş Türk Sanatı, Washington (1987)
Türk Sanatının Modernleşme Süreci, Galeri Baraz, AKM, Istanbul (1987)
1. ve 2. Uluslararası Istanbul Bienali (1987, 1989)
Yusuf Taktak ve Kemal Önsoy ile grup sergisi, Urart Galeri, Istanbul (1988)
'Öncü Türk Sanatından Bir Kesit' sergileri (1986, 87, 88, 90)
Uluslararası Akdeniz Çağdaş Sanat Sergisi, Bari/ İtalya (1989)
Uluslararası Mahares Plastik Sanatlar Festivali, Tunus (1990)
Çağdaş Türk Resmi Müzayedesi, Küsav-Sotheby's, Istanbul (1990)
Çağdaş Türk Sanatı Sergisi, Tokyo/ Japonya(1991)
New York, Istanbul, Atatürk Kültür Merkezi, Galeri Baraz organizasyonu (1992)
Yabancı - Bir Gezgin, Schiedamm Stedeljik Müzesi, Hollanda (1993)
Merkez Bankası Çağdaş Sanat Koleksiyonu Sergisi (1994)
Türk-Yunan Sanatçılar Grup Sergisi : Yüz Yüze, Istanbul - Atina (1997, 1998, 2000)
Türk Sanat Festivali: Houston Güzel Sanatlar Müzesi, Houston Texas (1995)
Türk Sanatında Soyut Eğilimler, Galeri Baraz (1998)
"41 Yıl, 41 Ressam" Marmara Güzel Sanatlar Üniversitesi, Istanbul (1998)
Yaşayan Türk Plastik Sanatlar Sergisi, Bilim Sanat Galerisi, Ankara, Istanbul, Paris (1998,1999)
Uluslararası Kahire Bienali, Mısır (1998)
"Riskli Gölgeler", Marmara Üniversitesi, Istanbul (2000)
Çağdaş Türk Plastik Sanatından Kesitler, Amiens / Fransa/ Paris/Istanbul (2000)
"Buts", Circle d'Art du Cailar, Camargue / Fransa (2000)
"La Course Camarguaise", Cercle d'Art du Cailar, Camargue, Fransa (2000)
Nimes Uluslararası Çağdaş Sanat Fuarı. Fransa (2000)
"Made in Turkey" Mine Sanat Galerisi İstanbul (2001)
"Aykırı İşler" Galerist İstanbul (2001)
"Modern Türk" Topkapı Müzesi son 50 yılda Türk modern ve çağdaş sanatı İstanbul (2001)
Relation. Turkish and Belgian artists group show. Bilgi University Istanbul (2001)
Sacred Mediterannean. Cataniâ University. Sicilya (2001)
60 Years, 60 Artists. Eczacıbaşı. Sanal Museum (2002)
II. International Buenos Aires Art Festival. Argentina (2002)
The Passion of Zahoor Ul Akhlaq Art Gallery of Missisauga. Ontario Canada (2003)
"AND". Istanbul Culture Art Museum. Harbiye Military Museum. Istanbul. (2003)
"EDGES OF THE EARTH" China Art Academy. Hangzhou, China. (2003)
“Nude”. Milli Reasurans Gallery. İstanbul. March 2/27, 2004.
“Monkeys’ Right to Paint”.With Murat Celik and Volkan Aslan. Icel Art Club, Mersin. November 2004.
“Five Person Exhibiton”. Bedri Baykam, Tomur Atagök, Servet Demirtaş, İsmet Doğan, Yusuf Taktak. Binyil Art Gallery. November 2004-11-05