Zühtü Müridoğlu

Zühtü Müridoğlu (26 January 1906 – 21 August 1992) was a Turkish sculptor and one of the first sculptors of the Republican generation.[1]

Zühtü Müridoğlu
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Born26 January 1906
Istanbul, Ottoman Empire
Died21 August 1992(1992-08-21) (aged 86)
Istanbul, Turkey
NationalityTurkish Ottoman
EducationSanayi-i Nefise Mektebi
Known forSculpture
AwardsSedat Simavi Vakfı
Atatürk Sanat Armağanı
The Barbaros Monument that Müridoğlu made together with Ali Hadi Bara

He attended the Sanayi-i Nefise Mektebi, and was a student of İhsan Özsoy, there from 1924 to 1928. Graduating at the end of that period, he earned a scholarship to Europe and went to Paris, France. He studied art history at the Louvre and aesthetic lessons at Sorbonne. After returning to Turkey, he worked as a teacher from 1932 to 1936. He was one of the founders of the artists collective called D Grubu ("D Group"). In 1936, he worked at the Istanbul Archaeological Museum as a sculptor. In 1939, he taught at the Ankara Gazi Eğitim Enstisüsü, and later at the Fine Arts Institute in Istanbul. After staying in Paris again from 1947 to 1949, he came back to the Academy, and started to teach in his own atelier. In 1955, he opened the Ağaç Uygulama Atölyesi, and became a professor in 1969. In 1971, he retired, however, continued to participate for a long time. Later, he won the Sedat Simavi Vakfı award in 1977, and Atatürk Sanat Armağanı Award in 1981.[2]

He opened his first personal exhibition in 1932, which focused on monument design. After 1953, he moved more in the abstract direction. He used many materials collected from nature, such as tree branches. After 1975, he returned to his original style.[2]

Müridoğlu was among the contributors of the cultural magazine Yeni Adam.[3]

Notable worksEdit


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  1. ^ "An Overview of Turkish Sculpture". turkishculture.org. Turkish Cultural Foundation. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Gurur (5 December 2012). "Zühtü Müridoğlu Kimdir? Zühtü Müridoğlu hayatı, biyografisi, eserleri, heykelleri hakkında bilgi". NKFU.COM. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  3. ^ Yasemin Türkkan Tunalı. "Yeni Adam Dergisi". Atatürk Encyclopedia (in Turkish).