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Sultans, Merchants & Painters @ Pera Muse

Posted on 18 January 2012

 Pera Museum is starting off the year 2012 with two exceptional exhibitions: Sultans, Merchants, Painters: The Early Years of Turkish-Dutch Relations; an exhibition commemorating four hundred years of cultural, diplomatic and trade relations between Turkey and the Netherlands and From Konstantiniyye to Istanbul: Photographs of the Anatolian Shore of the Bosphorus from the Mid XIXth Century to the XXth Century, a photography exhibition encompassing works by photographers present in Istanbul in late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The exhibition “Sultans, Merchants, Painters: The Early Years of Turkish-Dutch Relations” is organized in collaboration with the Amsterdam Museum and with the support of several other partners, including the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Nationaal Archief in The Hague, and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam.

 The exhibition includes 81 works comprised of oil paintings, watercolors, engravings and books. Works by the well known master painter from the Tulip Era, Jean-Baptiste Vanmour, are also included.

The exhibition aims to spread knowledge about historical and contemporary links between Amsterdam and Istanbul.  The exhibition explores the historical and contemporary relations between two world cities and through these cities, implicitly also the two countries. ‘Pioneers’ and ‘image (-forming)’ are among the prominent themes.

The exhibition “Sultans, Merchants, Painters: The Early Years of Turkish-Dutch Relations”  is not intended as a complete survey of four centuries of diplomatic ties, but rather provides an attractive insight into the historical ties between Amsterdam and Istanbul, from 1612 to the present day. The exhibition is historical and social in approach, yet it also features important art works as well.

Cornelis Haga, the first Ambassador of the Netherlands in the Ottoman Empire

A key section of the exhibition is a reconstruction of the Levantse Handel (Levant Trade) chamber that was based in the Town Hall (Palace on Dam Square) from the early 17th to early 19th century. A detailed inventory exists of the paintings and charts that were displayed on the walls of this powerful commercial office in Amsterdam. Many of these items, including an extensive series of portraits by Vanmour, from the collection of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum will also be exhibited.

Istanbul and Amsterdam, Turkey and the Netherlands, have been and continue to serve as important bridges between Europe and Asia; major players in the international world of commerce, diplomacy, art and migration. The exhibition will first take place at Pera Museum, and will then travel to the Amsterdam Museum, highlighting the connection between Turkish and Dutch history; stimulating mutual (multi-) cultural understanding for today.

The exhibition ‘Sultans, Merchants and Painters’, supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will be shown from 21 January to 1 April 2012.

The photo exhibition “From Konstantiniyye to Istanbul: Photographs of the Anatolian Shore of the Bosphorus from the Mid XIXth Century to the XXth Century” is comprised of the works by photography masters who practiced their art in İstanbul from the end of the 19th to the early years of the 20thcentury. Curated by Architect Dr. Sinan Genim, it is a selection from the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Photograph Collection and from private collections, revealing the magnificent structures, the daily life and the intriguing personalities of an Istanbul of the past.

For more information visit the Pera Museum Website

Visiting Hours & Address

Visiting Hours
Tuesday – Saturday 10.00 – 19.00
Sunday               12.00 – 18.00
Museum is closed on Mondays.

Special Days
Museum is closed on the first day of Ramadan Festival and Feast of Sacrifice, and New Year’s Day (1st Jan).

Address and Getting Here

Meşrutiyet Caddesi No.65

34443 Tepebaşı – Beyoğlu – İstanbul

Tel. + 90 212 334 99 00

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