Commemorating the 400th anniversary of Turkish-Dutch relations with an exhibition, Pera Museum hopes to build a cultural bridge between the two nations.
Organized in collaboration with the Amsterdam Museum and with the support of several other partners, including the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and Nationaal Archief in The Hague both in the Netherlands, 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 Sultans, Merchants, Painters: The Early Years of Turkish-Dutch Relations organized by Pera Museum in collaboration with the Amsterdam Museum provides the visitors an exceptional opportunity, embarking upon a pleasurable journey through the older days of İstanbul and Amsterdam, the historical periods of the Ottomans and the Dutch and a revisit to the Tulip Era in particular.
The art works; paintings, engraving and objects included in the exhibition are being shown together for the first time since centuries. The fascinating paintings, the majority of which were executed by master artist Jean-Baptiste Vanmour and his school, will constitute a special point of interest for art lovers. The exhibition also includes works from the collection of the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation; selected works of Vanmour, who is renowned as an “eyewitness” of the Tulip Era.
Pera Museum’s exhibition Sultans, Merchants, Painters: The Early Years of Turkish-Dutch Relations will be open to visitors between the dates of 21 January – 1 April 2012; upon completing its İstanbul visit, the exhibition will be mounted in the Amsterdam Museum between the dates of 18 April – 26 August 2012.