The book's Nobel Prize winning author Orhan Pamuk has created a museum in the Beyoğlu district in Istanbul, in conjunction with his eponymous novel, made up of the objects that feature in his book. Housed individually in cabinets, these everyday objects together tell the story of a life; they become relics. Displaying this daily ephemera as though it were fine art is a testament to the alchemical power of love.
This year, thirteen of the cabinets come to Somerset House. Grant Gee's film Innocence of Memories, which premiered at the 2015 Venice FIlm Festival, will contextualise the vitrines. Both Gee and Parmuk worked closely together to create a cinematic extension of the novel.
One of the 21st century's greatest writers, Novel Laureate Pamuk is celebrated for works such as The White Castle, My Name is Red and The Black Book. He has sold over eleven million books in 60 languages.
An air of melancholy hangs about this tiny, strange but beguiling display; the objects sing of failure and loss. But they're also a fascinating window to upper class life in '70s Istanbul.
|What||The Museum of Innocence, Somerset House|
|Where||Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Temple (underground)|
27 Jan 16 – 03 Apr 16, Open daily from 10am to 6pm
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