Four Dutch painters: Theo de Feyter, Maarten Welbergen, Joanna Quispel and Bram Stoof visited Ankara in June 2012 to paint various scenes of the city. The paintings were part of an exhibition ‘Painters painting Capitals – Ankara – Amsterdam’ which was held in both capitals. On 15 June the exhibition was opened in the NIHA building at the Koza Sokak in Ankara.
All painters already have experience in painting in Turkey. In 2011 an exhibition “Valleys, Rocks and Caves-Four Dutch artists in Cappadocia” was opened in the presence of the Dutch ambassador at the NIHA building. This exhibition showed their four distinctive styles. The ‘Painters painting Capitals’ will also show four different perspectives of Ankara and Amsterdam.
This event is a part of NIHA’s ‘thematic weeks’ concept for which NIHA has reserved its VET-premises in Ankara (office in Kahraman Kadın Sokağı) where participants of these weeks can also reside. Thematic weeks aim to create a basis for exchanging knowledge and ideas about selected themes. Participants consist of Dutch and Turkish journalists/writers, scientists, (visual) artists and other experts (depending on the theme). The objective of this interdisciplinary approach is that their cooperation will lead to interesting discussions, ideas, more knowledge about each other and hence more collaboration. Everybody who is interested in setting up a thematic week is invitated to contact us.
This event is made possible by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ankara in the event of the celebration 400 years diplomatic relation between Turkey and the Netherlands.