Sculptor (B. February 2, 1928, Istanbul – D. February 04, 1976, Istanbul). He graduated from Istanbul Sultanahmet Commercial High School in 1948. In 1949 he passed the entrance examination of the State Academy of Fine Arts Sculpture Department and studied head studies with Rudolf Belling for two years. Wood carving with Zühtu Muritoğlu for two years. He joined the Hadi Bora Workshop the following year.
Acar Kuzgun sought new material in those years, met iron in ship dismantling workshops, learned processing techniques and resources from experts.
In the 1950s, he was influenced by his teachers’ understanding of art and conducted geometric-abstract works with iron wires. He opened his first solo exhibition at Maya Art Gallery in 1952 when he was in his third year at the Academy. In the same year, he graduated from the Academy as “Master Sculptor“.
In 1954, he participated in the Second State Fine Arts Academy Turkish Painting and Sculpture Exhibition with his works named rope, copper and handle. During this period, he exhibited his group exhibitions at Maya Art Gallery. He married Münire Abdusef in 1955 and opened his second personal exhibition at Maya Art Gallery.
He exhibited his first gauze works at the City Gallery in the exhibition opened with young artists next year.
She participated in the Venice Biennale the same year with a gauze sculpture. She taught painting at Istanbul Atatürk High School and painting and art history at Sultanahmet Commercial High School.
In 1957, he exhibited his wire sculpture works at a personal exhibition at the American News Center. Between 1958 and 1960, he sought new forms using iron, bronze, metal, wire, nails, and oxygen.
In 1961, he participated in the “Sixth San Paolo Biennial” with three iron sculptures. In the same year, he participated in the “International Young Artists Biennial” in Paris with two iron sculptures made of nails and won the “City of Paris First Prize” in the field of sculpture.
He went to France using the scholarship given by this award. In the 23rd State Painting and Sculpture exhibition, the sculpture won the first prize.
He participated in the Venice State Painting and Sculpture exhibition and received an honorable mention.
The artist lived in France between 1961-1963, in 1962 he organized an exhibition at the Paris Museum of Modern Art; Two of his designs and one sculpture were taken into the museum collection.
In 1963, he opened an exhibition with Galerie La Cloche, an Italian artist month, which was open for two years. His fifth solo exhibition was opened at the Istanbul German Cultural Center and consisted of the drawings he made.
She returned to Istanbul in 1965 and married Biga Berker. The Last Dolphin was born in 1966.
Kuzgun participated in the Sinematek events during these years and took part in the Sinematek Board of Directors. Meanwhile “Turkey” was working on the statue. He also made a great abstract wall composition in Istanbul Tekstilciler Bazaar. In 1967, Ankara Kızılay 13 meters in length to the outer surface of the Labor and Business Center which is 6 meters wide “Turkey” made from iron and bronze sculpture named.
In the same year, he made another sculpture for Ankara Ziraat Bank, but it was lost. The following year, he worked on masks and decorations at the “Street Theater” with Mehmet Ulusoy and Ali Özgentürk, and at the “Workers’ Theater” with Mehmet Ulusoy and Can Yücel.
In 1969, he participated in Milliyet newspaper’s “Bridge to Zap, not to the Bosphorus” campaign to shoot a documentary. He went to Eastern Anatolia with a team of foreign mountaineers. On his return, he opened an exhibition with Abidin Dino at Gallery 1.
He prepared masks and decorations for the play “Hamlet 70” for the Bakırköy Community Center. He married Fersa Pulhan in 1971. The following year, he started operating “Kuzgun’un Yeri – Ceneviz Pub” in Galata Tower.
He founded Galata Art Gallery in the same place and opened the group exhibitions of Tan Oral, Gültekin Çizgen and Orhan Taylan. In 1973, he sculpted in Gülhane Park, which disappeared in the framework of the fiftieth anniversary of the Republic.
In 1974, they painted original dresses with painter Orhan Taylan for Nişantaşı Dilberler store. In the same year 13 m. The long composition on the “Education and Recreation Facilities” wall of the Gönen Mine Association; It represented the worker, the family of the worker, and the employer.
He returned to Paris in 1974-1975. The 140 masks he made for the play Caucasian Chalk Circle, staged by Mehmet Ulusoy, are his latest work on this subject.
He prepared a documentary film for TRT with Cihat Burak, but this movie was also lost. Kuzgun Acar organized a sculpture symposium with 20 sculptors for Antalya Municipality and made the “Hand” sculpture for Haşim İşcan during these events.
Later he started writing as a theater critic for the “Theater 75” magazine. He died on February 4, 1976 in his workshop in Ortaköy / Istanbul due to apoplexy.
Acar, Turkey’s original sculptor of the Ravens in 1967, the Istanbul Textile Traders’ Market (IMC) produced to be placed in “Birds – Abstract Composition” work, since June 24, 2016 until October 23, 2016. SU It meets with art lovers at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum.
“Birds – Abstract Composition” is the first time in a museum environment after the restoration and conservation project carried out by the Cultural Awareness Foundation (KBGV) with the contributions of İMÇ and the logistical support of Fatih Municipality in 2013, due to the natural destruction it has seen over time. will be exhibited in.
The artist, Kuzgun Acar, will be commemorated on the 40th anniversary of his death when the work, which is prepared to return to its façade in İMÇ, which it belongs to, will be exhibited at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum after a three-year restoration work under the roof of the Cultural Awareness Foundation.
This project S.Ü. It was realized by Sakıp Sabancı Museum and Cultural Awareness Foundation (KBGV).