Exhibition in Sakıp Sabancı Museum Distant Neighbour Close Memories. 600 Years of Turkish-Polish Relations


7 March – 15 June 2014

Sakıp Sabancı Museum


The President of the Republic of Poland Bronisław Komorowski
and the President of the Republic of Turkey Abdullah Gül are the Honorary Patrons of the event.


The exhibition prepared by the National Museum in Warsaw, Distant Neighbour Close Memories. 600 Years of Turkish-Polish Relations at the Sabancı Museum in Istanbul will feature a celebration of the 600th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Poland and Turkey. The exhibition will run from 07 March – 15 June 2014.

304 select pieces from 34 institutions across Poland, the heart of Europe, will be on view in Istanbul, the ancient bridge between Europe and Asia.  The collection constitutes pieces gathered from various Polish state museums, the Princes Czartoryski Foundation, churches and monasteries, as well as various libraries and private collections. Among the institutes who participated in this enterprise are the National Museum of Warsaw, the National Museum of Krakow, the Royal Castle of Wawel, the Military Museum of Poland, the Museum of the Jagellonian University, the Museum of the Lancut Castle, the Old Documents Archive of Warsaw, the Archdiocese Museum of Warsaw and the National Library of Warsaw, while 35 objects selected from the Topkapı Palace Museum, the Turkish and Islamic Art Museum and Sadberk Hanım Museum collections are also exhibited.

The exhibition will be on view at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum in Istanbul. The opening event on 06 March 2014 will be attended by the presidents of both countries – Bronisław Komorowski and Abdullah Gül.

The project is organized as part of the 2014 cultural programme celebrating 600 years of diplomatic relations between Turkey and Poland.