During the exposition in Amsterdam the Honorary Consulate-General of Turkey showed intrest to display the works of Istanbul Amsterdam MEETUP at the consulate in Leiden. From the 11th the works will be presented to the public. The expostion is named ‘Istanbul meets Leiden’. For the exposition Hakan has created a drawing of Rembrandt with a turban. More information will follow soon.
The exhibit in Amsterdam is over and the paintings are packed and stored. Looking back on the three weeks exhibit, we can say we have received many visitors. Most of them had some kind of Turkisch-Dutch background. Either from Turkish parents, or Turkish people who just moved here. Also Dutch people came to visit who have some kind of fond connection with Turkey. It was a good time and we enjoyed the stories people told us.
The Istanbul Amsterdam MEETUP is an ongoing event. Keep following us, the collection will grow over time as we will seek to have expositions at more places in The Netherlands and Turkey. In the meantime we are back to the ezel to make more paintings.
Some more touches to Nostalgia Istanbul. Acrylic and oil on canvas. 160 x 120 cm. 2018
We have printed 2.500 flyers to distribute in galleries, libraries, cultural centres etc. There is always a lot going on in Amsterdam so we need to make some effort to get noticed.
We can present a new diptych; ‘Tea at the Bosphorus’ (on a misty day). It comes together with a painting called A ‘Beer at the Amstel’ which is under construction.
A Turkish tea anyone?
The Dutch tulips have had a last modification and is ready for the soon to come exhibition at LBS4.
The painting of the Erguvan tree is finished but it lacked a connection with the Almond tree. The Erguvan tree is symbolic for Istanbul, the (French) Almond tree, by Van Gogh, is symbolic for The Netherlands. What could connect the two together? We found this in the Aglais Urticae butterfly, a butterfly which occurs in both countries.
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