Turkey and Netherlands are celebrating 400 years of relations. Dutch Ambassador for International Cultural Cooperation Margriet Leemhuis said that : 2012 will be orange year in Turkey !" during her speech at Pera Museum . Pera Museum continues to build cultural bridges between nations in 2012 and commemorates the 400 th anniversary of Turkish-Dutch relations by hosting a very special exhibition : Sultans,Merchants ,Painters: The Early Years of Turkish Dutch Relations .
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.
In March 1612, after a long journey, Dutch envoy Cornelis Haga arrived at the capital of the Ottoman Empire. The States-General of the young republic of the United Netherlands had designated Haga as their representative to the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. Although first and foremost his mission was a diplomatic one, he is considered to have initiated the very early economic diplomacy as well. Rather than only maintaining political contacts between the Netherlands and the Ottoman Empire, he was also assigned to secure and advance the commercial interests of the Netherlands in the Ottoman Empire.
In the 17th century, a company was set up in Amsterdam to arm Dutch ships and to encourage trade. It was called the "Directorate of Levant Trade and Navigation in the Mediterranean", in short: the Directorate of Levant Trade. Haga, far away in Istanbul, was one of the main founders. The Directorate of Levant Trade coordinated maritime contact with the Ottoman Empire. The Amsterdam office of the Directorate of Levant Trade was situated in the most important building of the Dutch Republic: the town hall on Dam Square in Amsterdam.
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.Pera Museum, between 24 January 4 February 2012, is organizing educational activities for children during their half term holiday sessions.
You can watch video links for Consul-General Onno Kenvers, Dutch Ambassador for International Cultural Cooperation Margriet Leemhuis, Amsterdam Museum Director Mr. Paul Spies" speeches :