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Kadınlar – goddesses – harem – power

March 16, 2015 – August 16, 2015

TwentseWelle , Het Rozendaal 11, 7523 XG Enschede, Netherlands

This exhibition takes audiences on a fascinating journey through the Turkish region, inspired by the lives of ten women who have helped shape history.

Kadınlar (Turkish for ‘women’) shows pieces that have never been seen before in the Netherlands. These include utensils, musical instruments, icons, paintings, miniatures, textiles and jewellery. The exhibition comprises 130 pieces on loan from 11 Turkish museums, including the Topkapı Palace Museum, Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art, Pera Museum and Museum of Anatolian Civilisations. There are also 50 objects on loan from other European museums.

The exhibition is organised by the Dutch journalist and author Henk Boom and his wife, Lotje de Lussanet, who is an artist and curator at the museum. Boom charts the turbulent times of Baron van Dedem, Dutch ambassador to Constantinople from 1785 to 1810, in Cornucopia 48.

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