“IN THE LIGHT OF AHMET YAKUPOĞLU’S PHILOSOPHY…”

Kütahya is a great city with its sycamore trees, fountains and springs, as well as its tiles! Kütahya is a heroic city with Dumlupınar which has the spirit of Çanakkale! Kütahya is a historical city as much as Amasya, three times better than Safranbolu, and five times better than Beypazarı! Kütahya is as Ottoman as Bursa and as Seljuk as Konya. Kütahya means Rumi (Mevlana) as much as Konya does.

Kütahya is a city with a story! It is an archaic city! Its streets are paved with gold and its air smells of Anatolia!
It is the cradle of foundation with Domaniç, the threshold of independence with Dumlupınar! Kütahya is a valuable city with its art and artists! Art, culture, history, nature, underground resources, the known, the unknown… A city can only hope to be this rich!

As a university, we do not consider merely providing education to be enough. We want to interact with the city’s art and culture, as well. We do not do this simply because it is our social responsibility or our duty, but because we love Kütahya. As a university, our primary aim is to enrich the city and we intend to do this by protecting and highlighting the city’s values, since a city gains value and finds meaning through its art and artists. As many know, Ahmet Yakupoğlu, whose recognition crossed the country’s borders, is one of the most significant artists to add value and meaning to Kütahya. He was in love with Kütahya. He is one of the rare people whose name is synonymous with his hometown.

As Dumlupınar University, in the name of Artist Ahmet Yakupoğlu, who was the last link to Distinguished Prof. Dr. Süheyl Ünver’s ecole, the last representative of Painter Hodja Mr. Ali Riza from Üsküdar who was the master of Turkish landscape paintings, a Nakkaş Levni (artist of miniatures) of 21st century, and a neyzen (reed flute player) approved by Halil Dikmen, we decided to hold the “INTERNATIONAL AHMET YAKUPOĞLU CITY, ART AND DESIGN SYMPOSIUM” in honor of his 98th birthday. We consider the symposium, which will be held for the first time this year, to be a significant work that has been long-awaited and that will fill an important void.

I wholeheartedly believe that the symposium, which we hope to traditionalize, will contribute greatly to a better presentation of Kütahya, which is among UNESCO’s Web of Creative Cities, in terms of the culture, art and tourism of Kütahya; in addition to its science, art, and culture in general.
I am glad to invite you to the “International Ahmet Yakupoğlu City, Art and Design Symposium”, which will be held for the first time this year.
I extend my greetings and respects with the wish to see you at the symposium.

Rector of Kütahya Dumlupınar University Prof. Dr. Remzi GÖREN