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
If 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.
Hakan and Marcel are now both in Istanbul to prepare the exhibition of the meetup in the Istanbul University. It is going to be a great event. More than just the images and their stories we host also historic talks, movies and some other events.
Keep posted, more news follows soon. Among others we have two new artists who joined the meetup!
The exhibition in the Rectors office of the Istanbul University will be at Süleymaniye, Istanbul Ünv. No: 15, 34116 Fatih/Istanbul.
Besides paintings we will also host two historical lectures about Dutch and Turkish relations and Dutch films. We hope to welcome visitors interested in the blend of Dutch and Turkish culture!
We are happy to announce that the Istanbul Amsterdam MEETUP wil take place this September in Istanbul. The exposition will be hosted in the rectors office of the Istanbul University.
Soon more information will follow.
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.