In the Çukurcuma neighbourhood of Istanbul there is an unusual building called The Museum of Innocence, a physical manifestation of Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk’s 2008 book of the same name. Over four floors, 83 vitrines display a range of everyday objects, each case relating to a specific chapter in Pamuk’s novel. They contain the kinds of things that its characters would have touched and used, seen or put aside for safe keeping, even dreamed of.
Pamuk has installed 13 of these vitrines in Somerset House‘s Courtyard Rooms, while an adjoining space features a video of an interview with him and facsimile pages of hand-written notes and designs for both the novel and the creation of the museum displays. The novel and the museum are really part of the same creative process; the same idea. “I wrote the book as I collected these objects and made the museum thinking of the novel,” Pamuk explained at the opening. “And