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An Orientalist in Mardin: Marius Bauer

May 22, 2013 – September 29, 2013

Sakıp Sabancı Mardin Kent Müzesi, Gül Mahallesi 1. Cadde Cumhuriyet Alanı, 47100 Mardin


An exhibition tracing several journeys that the Dutch painter and printmaker – and self-confessed Orientalist – Marius Bauer made through Turkey in on display at Sakıp Sabancı Museum in Mardin.

Bauer was a great admirer of Turkish culture and first set foot in Istanbul in 1888. His letters from the period indicate that he took long walks everyday with a sketchbook under his arm – in case he got inspired. And, inspired he surely was. Bauer’s own drawings, etchings, watercolours, oil paintings, and letters are on display all giving a glimpse into the artist’s fascination with life in Turkey at the turn of the 20th century.

Visitors are invited to follow in Bauer’s footsteps, with his works displayed categorically in different themes – Harbour Views, Cityscapes, Street Life, Bazaars and Markets, Music and Dance, Mosques, Evening Atmosphere, The Sultan and his Retinue, Figures, and A Thousand and One Nights. His fascination with the Orient and with Turkey is evident in his work – he captures the scenes in a glowing and almost romanticised light.



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