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As part of the programme of events organized by French cultural institutions for France’s “Turkish Season”, the Louvre is hosting three exhibitions with a Turkish theme.

At the Court of the Great Turk: Kaftans from Topkapi Palace
The Louvre presents an exhibition that recalls the sumptuosity of Ottoman court lifestyle and the sultan’s regalia. It has assembled kaftans, jewellery and accessories that once belonged to members of the Ottoman household, the majority of which come from the Topkapi Palace Museum. Preserved in Istanbul’s imperial mausoleums or stored in the palace’s former private Treasury, today they form a collection unique in the world, containing over 3,000 exhibits, some of which have been specially loaned to the Louvre for this exhibition. Richelieu Wing, entresol.

From Izmir to Smyrna, Discovery of an Ancient City
The Louvre’s Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities is organizing an exhibition on Izmir’s ancient past. The former Greek and Roman city, its monuments, carvings and most typical art works will be presented chronologically and thematically. The exhibition will highlight the agora, with a display of its famous reliefs dating from the second century AD.
Sully Wing, Model Room and Medieval Moat.

Royal Tombs of Anatolia, Alaca Höyük in the Third Millennium
The Louvre looks at the period of chieftainships in Anatolia in the third millennium BC. The site of Alaca Höyük has been chosen for its tremendous archaeological value, since excavations have uncovered thirteen royal tombs housing incredibly rich funerary furniture. Six objects from the necropolis are thus exhibited in the Department of Near-Eastern Antiquities, selected for both their beauty and their thematic and iconographic variety.
Richelieu Wing, Current Events Room, Near-Eastern Antiquities.

The Turkish Season at the Louvre is supported by the Izmir Chamber of Commerce.

Organized by: Charlotte Maury, Jean-Luc Martinez, Isabelle Hasselin, Ludovic Laugier, Nicolas Bel, musée du Louvre

Practical information


Richelieu and Sully Wings

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