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QMA co-hosts in Poland art show on 16th century Ottoman life.

RAMY SALAMA DOHA AN EXHIBITION showcasing pictures that offer glimpses of life in Turkey under the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century as seen by a Polish traveller is to be unveiled in Doha this year. The show, jointly organised by the Qatar Museum Authority's Orientalist Museum and the National Museums of Gdansk, is currently running in Gdansk, Poland.

'BartholomEnus Schachman (1559--1614): the Art of Travel' opened on Thursday at the National Museum in Gdansk. The exhibition is being held under the patronage of HE Sheikha al Mayassa bint Hamad al Thani.

The exhibition tells the story of a journey to the Ottoman Empire undertaken by Gdansk Mayor BartholomEnus Schachman in the late 1500s. The latter travelled to the destinations most popular among nobles, wealthy merchants, travellers and diplomats during the 16th century and recorded in his works what he saw during his sojourn.

BartholomEnus Schachman commissioned an album dated 1590, which contains a large number of full-page watercolour drawings that document what he saw during his travels through the Ottoman Empire in 1588-89, depicting the costumes and people of Istanbul, together with scenes of everyday life, festivals and ceremonies. The album is currently part of the Orientalist Museum's collection.

The exhibition will remain open to the public in Poland until October 15, and then come to Doha for public viewing in November this year.

The Orientalist Museum is to host its own version of the "BartholomEnus Schachman (1559 -- 1614): the Art of Travel" exhibition in the Alriwaq Doha exhibition space from November 15, 2012 to February 11, 2013. An extensive educational programme, including several lectures, will complement this exhibition aiming to engage visitors and allowing them to enjoy an enriching journey down the lanes of Ottoman history, to explore and record scenes from an important period of human history.

The exhibition's opening ceremony was held in Gdansk on July 16 in the presence of Dr Olga Nefedova, Collections Director at the Orientalist Museum, Kholood al Fahad, Head of Research of the Orientalist Museum and Sara al Manaa, Orientalist Museum researcher and one of the authors of the exhibition catalogue.

A copy of a letter from President of the Republic of Poland HE BronisA[sup.1]aw Komorowski was read during the ceremony.

The president expressed his support for the event and praised the growing ties between Poland and Qatar. The ceremony was attended by a number of members of Poland's art community and Polish officials including Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Professor MaA[sup.1]gorzata Omilanowska, Mayor of the city of Gdansk Pawel Adamowicz and Director of the National Museum in Gdansk Wojciech Bonislawski.

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Date:Jul 21, 2012
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