After visiting the Museum of Innocence, I started reading the book Museum of Innocence that night in a small hotel near the Bosporus Strait. Kemal, a 30-year-old man who is engaged, accidentally meets Fusong, an 18-year-old innocent but poor girl. He makes love to her and enjoys her body, but keeps his engagement ceremony on schedule. Until Fusong disappeared after his engagement ceremony, Kemal put down his fiancee and began to search for Fusong. When they met again, Fusong was married. On the grounds of helping Fu Song's husband invest in movies, Kemal visited Fu Song house again and again, and secretly took away something that Fu Song touched: Puppy display, thimble, pen, hairpin, ashtray, eardrop, card, key, fan, perfume bottle, handkerchief, brooch and even cigarette butt. Eight years later, Fusong finally divorced her husband and they could be together. At the last moment, Fusong, who had just learned how to drive, hit the car into a tree at a very high speed. When Fuzong died, Kemal collected all the things she had used and built this four-storey Museum of innocence in which she missed her.
Fans come to find out, and most of the visitors here are like me. The Museum of Innocence is one of the few novels that have been read. The tenderness and delicacy of the Nobel Prize winner may be the prototype of the hero. It's hard to imagine that the content of the museum is true, it's about a novel, but it's really like a lover. A period of time in the slow innocence of love.
I love love the concept of this museum! To me it revolutionizes the traditional concept of a museum and puts someone's personal life and collection at public display. Following the awesome book of Orhan Pamuk, this house has been turned into a museum upon the request of its owner Kemal. He's quite a unique character. I advise you to read the book before you take a trip to this museum. You will see how a real life story has been turned into a book, then into a museum. I was able to connect to every piece of this museum which gathers many antique collections, souvenirs and quirky things Kemal used to collect out of sheer love. This is personal history coming to life! Sheer Joy!
This is an amazing museum was created by celebrated Turkish author Orham Pamuk and is a companion piece, if you will, to the book of the same name. It's based on a museum described in the book and he curated it as he wrote the book, finding objects then working them into the story or, in some cases, finding they didn't fit the story and then getting rid of them for the real-world museum. Obviously reading the book before you visit is the richest way to experience it, but I'd only read an excerpt and found this a thought-provoking, amazing experience. A must-see in Istanbul and off the beaten track.
It's totally fake, and yet so immersive that it feels anything but. If you walk out of this museum without feeling something for Kemal and Fusun, you're a heartless unfeeling robot. Read the book first, 'The Museum of Innocence' by Orhan Pamuk, and then take it with you as it will get you a free ticket into the exhibitions. It starts with hundreds of cigarettes pinned to a wall like so many withered butterflys, and only gets more interesting and intriguing from there.
Speaking about the naive and the adventurous “search of lost time”, it is impossible to not to mention Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence. This is the companion to Pamuk’s novel which translates the book into a tangible labyrinth of nostalgia, a time tunnel opening to the life in Istanbul in the second half of the 20th century.
The museum is based on a love story. Kemal falls in love with the girl Fusong, but their love has not blossomed. Kemal collects everything that his sweetheart touches, including salt vase, puppy display, thimble, pen, hairpin, ashtray, fan, perfume bottle, handkerchief, brooch, and 4213 cigarette ends. It took Kemal 15 years to walk through 1743 museums and create a unique museum of innocence in memory of his lost love.