Tulips from Istanbul

by Sonja van Kerkhoff, 1997

naar in het nederlands

Scroll down to view installations of this work in 1997-2008, 2009 or the outdoors page, 2002 onwards, or the alternative 2015 concept.


Istanbuldan Laleler
Tulpen uit Istanbul
Tulpen aus Istanbul
Tulips from Istanbul

postcard, 10 x15 cm, 1997


August 2005

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Tulpen uit Istanbul
postcard, 15 x 20 cm, 1998.
For sale at de Vishal, Haarlem.


The tulips appear to be of glass, and hence fragile, however the hanging diversely tinted orange forms are robust enough to be handled and on close inspection, each is an individual. Two texts (in the language of the country) are usually located underneath this work:

 
Crossing Borders Festival, Studio Orange,
Villach, Austria, 1997.

´It is not a tale invented but a confirmation of what went on before it...´

"Es ist keine erfundene Geschichte, sondern eine Bestätigung dessen, was vorher schon war..."

"Het is geen verzonnen bericht, maar een waarmaking van wat eraan voorafging..."


Yusuf 111, The Qur'an.


The Dutch House of Orange has reigned since 1572. The tulip from Turkey gained popularity in West Europe in the early 1600s.

Die aus der Türkei stammende Tulpe gewinnt ihre grosse Beliebtheit in Westeuropa am Anfang des 17. Jahrhunderts. Das Haus Oraien regiert seit dem Ende des 16. Jahrhunderts.

De tulp werd in Nederland en Duitsland geimporteerd vanuit Turkije, ongeveer in het jaar 1600. Rond die tijd werd het Huis van Oranje het Koninklijk Huis van de nieuwe Nederlandse staat.


 







The aesthetic experience is a combination of touching or playing or looking up and a few historical facts. We see each tulip from the bottom up, sometimes they are out of reach.
The historical facts: The tulip was imported into the Netherlands and Germany from Turkey around the year 1600, at roughly the same time as the House of Orange became the Royal House of the newly formed nation of The Netherlands.

The quotation from the Qur'an, "It is not a tale invented, but a confirmation of what went before it..." comes from a chapter of the Qur'an which refers to progressive revelation. This is a concept that all religious leaders or prophets come from the same source and are part of the same eternal religion. Here I connect this Moslem and Baha'i view of religion to that cultural symbol. The tulip was never a found object, it came from somewhere, and in this instance, that somewhere was a Moslem society.


Installation by Sonja van Kerkhoff + Sen McGlinn
Crossing Borders Festival, Studio Orange,
Villach, Austria, 1997.

Installation by Sonja van Kerkhoff + Sen McGlinn
Threads of the Day, Wevershuis,
Leiden, The Netherlands, 2008.

Installation by Sonja van Kerkhoff + Sen McGlinn
Dans le jardin..., exhibition, 2001

Installation by Sonja van Kerkhoff + Sen McGlinn
Galerie TamTam, exhibition, 2009

Shown

2015    Binnenste Buiten(inside out),   Leiden, The Netherlands

2015    Binnenste Buiten(inside out),   Leiden, The Netherlands

2013    Land Art Maastricht,   Maastricht, The Netherlands

2009Galerie TamTam,   Leiden, The Netherlands

2008Threads of the Day,   Leids Wevershuis, Leiden Museum of Weaving, Leiden,
The Netherlands

2006Between Tulip and Istanbul, DNA or Inspiration,   Gallery Genootschap Kunstliefde, Utrecht, The Netherlands

2005Far Near Neighbours,   Saravego Winter Festival XX, Saravego Winter Festival, Bosnia-Herzegovina

2004Oceania, Terpkerk,   Urmond Terp Church (now used as an art gallery), Urmond, The Netherlands.

2002   The Exchange Gallery, Oxford, U.K.

2002The Singeorz-Bai International Sculpture Symposium, Romania

2001Dans le jardin des beaux arts
ARS AEMULA NATURAE courtyard + entrance, Leiden, The Netherlands

2000-1Keep Off the Grass,
a show that toured over a period of 6 months in New Zealand: Te Wa, Wanganui; Blue Pacific Gallery at the Pataka Museum, Porirua; Artspace Gallery, Palmerston North,
Aotearoa | New Zealand

2000Korero, Korero,
The Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui,
Aotearoa | New Zealand

1998Zien is Geloven,
Vishal, Haarlem, The Netherlands

1997Crossing Borders,
Studio Orange, Villach, Austria

1997Alumni, old Bonnenfanten Museum space, Maastricht, The Netherlands



Installation by Sonja van Kerkhoff + Sen McGlinn
In the Galerie TamTam exhibition, Leiden, 2009.

Installation by Sonja van Kerkhoff + Sen McGlinn
In the Galerie TamTam exhibition, Leiden, 2009.

Installation by Sonja van Kerkhoff + Sen McGlinn
Installed in Den Haag, 1997.

Installation by Sonja van Kerkhoff + Sen McGlinn
Installed in Villach, Austria, 1997.

Installation by Sonja van Kerkhoff + Sen McGlinn
Installed in Den Haag, 1997.

Installation by Sonja van Kerkhoff + Sen McGlinn
Installed in Den Haag, 1997.

Installation by Sonja van Kerkhoff + Sen McGlinn
Installed in Den Haag, 1997.

Installation by Sonja van Kerkhoff + Sen McGlinn
Installed in Maastricht, 1997.

Installation by Sonja van Kerkhoff + Sen McGlinn
Installed in The Hague, 1997.



Read my 2005 Artists Statement for the Far Neighbours exhibtion

Installation by Sonja van Kerkhoff + Sen McGlinn
August 2005

Installation by Sonja van Kerkhoff + Sen McGlinn
In the group exhibition Far Near Neighbours, in the Saravego Winter Festival, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2005.




Installation by Sonja van Kerkhoff + Sen McGlinn
Installation in Gallery Genootschap Kunstliefde, Utrecht, 2006.

Installation by Sonja van Kerkhoff + Sen McGlinn
Installation as part of The TreeTop Gallery, Regents Park, London, 2009.
Curated by Claudia Moseley and Steph Smith, installations, performances, lectures and workshops took place over a 3 month period.

Installation by Sonja van Kerkhoff + Sen McGlinn
Installation in The TreeTop Gallery, Regents Park, London, 2009.

Installation by Sonja van Kerkhoff + Sen McGlinn
Installation in The TreeTop Gallery, Regents Park, London, 2009.

  Installation by Sonja van Kerkhoff + Sen McGlinn
Installation by Sonja van Kerkhoff + Sen McGlinn


Installation in The TreeTop Gallery,
Regents Park, London, 2009.

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