Mübin Orhon

Mübin Orhon, studied political sciences in Istanbul. Following his graduation in 1947, he traveled to France for his master’s in economy. During his first years in Paris, he attended drawing classes at the Grande Chaumière Academy. Between 1950 and 1953, he participated to the exhibitions of Salon de Réalités Nouvelles, and between 1956 and 1957 he took part in Salons de Mai. He opened his first solo exhibition in 1956 at Galerie Iris Clert, one of the most avant-garde galleries of the French capital. During that period he established close ties with César, Takis, Messagier and Giacometti; his close friendship with Charles Maussion that began in the same period, lasted a life time. In 1964, he returned to Turkey to do his military service and continued with his shows in Istanbul for a while. In 1973 he went back to France, and died in Paris in 1981.In the beginning of the 1960’s, Robert and Lisa Sainsbury showed great interest in Mübin’s works. As a result of this interest that steadily increased until the demise of the artist, sixty three of his works are collected by the Sainsbury couple, in addition to other works in their collection by Degas, Bonnard, Modigliani, Picasso, Balthus, Giacometti and Bacon. Thus Mübin, along with his close friend Maussion, became one of the two most greatly represented artists of the post-war “Ecole de Paris” era in this collection. In 1996, Mübin’s works in the Sainsbury Collection were exhibited in Turkey for the first time, at the Yapı Kredi Kazım Taşkent Gallery, under the curatorship of Ali Artun. Mübin Orhon has represented by Gallery Nev for twenty years. The artist's archive has protected by Gallery Nev.