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
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!