Where Darkness Meets Light: Rembrandt and His Contemporaries,” a much-admired exhibition on the golden age of Dutch art at Istanbul’s Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM), has been extended by one week, until June 17, the museum has announced.
The exhibition, part of a series of cultural events marking the 400th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Turkey and the Netherlands, had been on display at the SSM since late February.
Billed by the museum as the most comprehensive overview of the artistic period known as the Dutch Golden Age ever seen in Turkey, “Where Darkness Meets Light” brings together works from the prestigious Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam with pieces from several leading private collections from around the world, most of which are displayed in Turkey for the first time.
The 110-piece selection includes 73 paintings, 19 drawings and 18 objects by 60 artists who are major representatives of 17th-century Dutch art, including its greatest master, Rembrandt van Rijn. Other master artists presented in the show include Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals, Jan Steen and Jacob van Ruisdael.
“Taking into account the daily number of visitors [this exhibition] has been receiving, we have been discussing with Rijksmuseum to extend the show for some time now,” SSM Director Nazan Ölçer said in a written statement. “Rijksmuseum officials appreciate the amount of interest Turkish art lovers have shown in the exhibition. After lengthy talks with Rijksmuseum, we have been able to convince them to extend the show, albeit for a short time,” he said.
“We believe we’re offering an important opportunity to those who have yet to see the exhibition,” Ölçer commented.
A comprehensive guided tour with Rijksmuseum assistant curator Anne Lenders is scheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m. The SSM is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday to Sunday; until 10 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday; and is closed on Monday.