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


The Taksim tram

36280438_180451932625836_3791069616730537984_nIf you have ever been in Istanbul I am sure you fall in love with this wonderful tram. The tram is one of the symbols of Istanbul and you can find it on all kinds of souveneirs.

This painting by Hakan Özcan shows the carriage tram in all its speldour with the people and houses of Istiklal street faded in the background.

Opening speech

A video of the opening of the exposition in Leiden at the new years meeting of the Honorary Consul General of Turkey. We gave a short explenation of our work and mission. Istanbul Amsterdam MEETUP will be an ongoing event. Where we share culture by means of arts.

We are preparing now for the exposition which will be in Istanbul this year. Striving to make it a real meetup of the two countries.


Posing with the Honorairy Consul of Turkey, the Turkish ambassador of The Netherlands and the  councilor of municipality of Leiden. 

Exposition in Leiden a succes

We received positive feedback from the Honorary Consulate-General of Turkey that the exposition ‘Istanbul meets Leiden’, gets a lot of attention. Daily visitors come to look at our paintings. The newspaper of Leiden also featured an article on the exposition.

Part of the attention is due to paintings which Hakan and Marcel created on the windows of the consulate. Soon we will add some postings to get an idea of this special exposition. (for the ones who can’t bring the consulate in Leiden a visit ;))


Photo credits  SannyViews.nl

The Honorary Consulate-General of Turkey is located in the centre of Leiden, do give a cal to check if someone is available to give you a tour.