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Orientalism in Polish Art

October 24, 2014 – January 18, 2015

The Pera Museum, Meşrutiyet Cad 65, Tepebaşı, Beyoğlu, Istanbul

Organised in the scope of the 600th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Turkey and Poland, this comprehensive exhibition will exhibit 190 works that explore Orientalism in Polish art from the 17th to the 19th century. Following the Sakıp Sabancı Museum’s excellent Distant Neighbour exhibition held in spring, this show promises another fruitful collaboration between an Istanbul museum and important institutions in Poland such as the National Museums in Warsaw, Kraków, Poznań and Wrocław, the University Library in Warsaw and Łazienki Palace Museum.

The works in the exhibition will include Christian Kamsetzer’s drawings of his Turkish travels, Oriental scenes by artists such as Żmurko and Brandt, and works by other artists who visited Turkey, including Jan Matejko, Wacław Pawliszak, Jan Ciągliński and Jacek Malczewski. One section will be dedicated to Stanisław Chlebowski, the court artist of Sultan Abdülaziz, from 1864–1876.

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