450 years (old) friends

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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.

Dutch – Ottoman trade

69885574_386514148701016_4330353376932921344_nThere 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. 

Introducing Hilal and Ilkay

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