2019 Turkish Culture Year
The Treasures and the Tradition of “Lâle” in the Ottoman Empire


The Treasures and the Tradition of “Lâle” in the Ottoman Empire, introducing the multifaceted arts and cultures of Turkey, will be held in 2019.
Turkey, being a major bridge between East and West, has integrated many cultures leading to the creation of works of peerless beauty.
This exhibition of treasures from the collection of Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace Museum includes decorative and art-craft objects, introducing the life in the palace, its love of flowers—tulips above all—together with the aesthetics, culture, and artistic perspectives of the Ottoman Empire.

This exhibition highlights the friendly ties between Turkey and Japan by presenting works that were exchanged between the Ottoman sultans and Japan’s imperial family, and other Mejii-period art objects making a return visit to Japan.

This exhibition has been organized in the hope of expanding the range of interactions between the two countries, located at the eastern and western edges of Asia, and fostering greater friendship between them.
Through approximately 170 works, most of which are coming to Japan for the first time, this exhibition will provide an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Turkish history, culture and its art-loving national character.

Date March 20 (Wed.) - May 20 (Mon.), 2019
Closed on Tuesdays (except for April 30)
Opening hours 10:00-18:00
* 10:00-20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays
* From April 26 to May 5, until 20:00
(Last admission 30 minutes before closing)
Venue The National Art Center, Tokyo (Kokuritsu-Shin-Bijutsukan), Special Exhibition Gallery 2E
7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8558
Organized by The National Art Center, Tokyo; Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Japan; Nikkei Inc.; TBS; BS-TBS
Under the auspices of The Presidency of the Republic of Turkey
With the sponsorship of ITOCHU Corporation; Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.; Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.; Toray Industries, Inc.; TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION; Nippon Flour Mills Co., Ltd.; BIGLOBE Inc.
With the special cooperation of TURKISH AIRLINES
With the cooperation of Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Culture and Tourism; The Topkapi Palace Museum; The Japan-Turkey Society
Admission(tax included)
General 1,600 yen (Adults), 1,200 yen (College students), 800 yen (High school students)
Advance/Group 1,400 yen (Adults), 1,000 yen (College students), 600 yen (High school students)
  • Visitors who are junior high school students or younger will be admitted for free.
  • Disabled persons (along with the one assistant) will be admitted for free upon presenting the Disabled Person’s Booklet or an equivalent form of government-issued ID.
  • Free entrance to the exhibition for high school students from April 27 (Sat.) - 29 (Mon.), 2019, upon presenting student ID.
  • Advance tickets on sale from January 30(Wed.) – March 19(Tue.), 2019 (sold at the National Art Center, Tokyo only until March 18 (Mon.), 2019).
  • Tickets, both Advance and General, are available through the National Art Center, Tokyo (open days only), the exhibition website (ONLINE TICKETS), and other major ticket agencies. Service charges may apply. (These services are only available in Japanese.)
  • Group tickets (for groups of a minimum of 20 people) can only be purchased at the National Art Center, Tokyo.
  • Reduction (100 yen off) applies to visitors who present the ticket stub of a concurrent exhibition at The National Art Center, Tokyo; Suntory Museum of Art; or Mori Art Museum (Art Triangle Roppongi).
  • Students, faculty and staff, of “Campus Members”, can apply for group discounts.
  • Credit card (UC, Master Card, VISA, JCB, AMEX, Diners Club, DISCOVER) , e-cash (Suica, PASMO, ICOCA, etc.), iD, J-Debit and Union Pay are available for purchasing tickets.
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