Tonight the Leiden historian Cor Smit will give at 17.30 a lecture a the Rector’s office of the Istanbul University. Cor has been invited by us to share the stories of the historical connections which has been existing between Turkey and Holland. The topic is ‘450 years old friends’, because it is actually this year 450 years ago that the first official connections were made between the Ottoman Empire and the Dutch Republic.
After months of work and preperations the opening was there, it was a marvelous evening for all of us. Come and see us and our works at the Istanbul Üniversitesi Rektörlük, İstanbul Üniversitesi Beyazıt Yerleşkesi, Istanbul.
Some stress and excitement to prepare of the exhibition but we made it in time!
It took some trouble at the Turkish custums office for Hakan and Kazim, but the paintings have arrived! We are slowly starting to organise the practical things for the reception. Some of the paintings need to be finalized, the catering chartered, a movie screen attached. Just three days to go…
Meet the artists of the Istanbul Amsterdam MEETUP. From top down: Hakan Özcan, Marcel van Baaren, Hilal Koçak and İlkay Günerli.
It’s just a few days before the opening. There is still lot’s to do and to organise. At the moment we are distributing leaflets and posters. This means being all over the place and it’s good fun to work together.
There has been intensive trade relations for centuries between Holland and Turkey. Traders (mainly from Leiden) imported Angora wool from Turkey (Izmir). This was used for expensive cloth production in The Netherlands. The end product ‘laken’, a type of linen, was produced black for the Dutch market, and colorful fabric was produced for Ottoman dress.
Under construction by Marcel van Baaren, Dutch -Turkish trade in Ottoman times. Tempera on wood. The painting will have a central role in the lecture of Cor Smit during the exhibit at the Istanbul University.
The painting will have a central role in the historic lecture of Cor Smit. See the events on facebook at 16 and 18 september.
The Istanbul Amsterdam MEETUP is an onging event where we exhibit paintings that connect cultures and show where we meet each other. We encourage other artists to join in our exhibitions… We are therefore excited to introduce Hilal Kocak and Ilkay Gunerli! Two talented artists and both residents of Istanbul. Hilal and Ilkay will be displaying several of their works at the exhibition in the Istanbul University.
See their work at Instagram: hilalkocak1 and ilkaygunerli