LISBON Memories from Another City

Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM), is hosting the exhibition titled "LISBON Memories from Another City", between 14 May - 2 August 2009. Organized in collaboration with Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Portugal, the exhibition introduces the city of Lisbon, a city which is both far and close to us, through the works of major Portuguese painters that lived in a period between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.

"LISBON Memories from Another City" was inspired by the exhibition titled "Evocations, Passages, Atmosphere: Paintings from the Sakıp Sabancı Museum Istanbul" realized by SSM and Calouste Culbenkian Foundation in Portugal in 2007. The paintings of this exhibition, that were portraying the views of the Bosphorus and the sea shore, and the scenes from Istanbul's daily life corroborated the fact that Istanbul and Lisbon share lots of common points even if they are situated at the east and west edges of the European continent. The exhibition titled "LISBON Memories from Another City" organized due to the official visit of Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva to Turkey, delineates the analogies between Istanbul and Lisbon, cities which are considered as vital points for the meeting of cultures, religions, civilizations and continents.

SSM Director Dr. Nazan Ölçer, said "If there is a definition called 'soul mate' in this world, that must have been invented for Istanbul and Lisbon. Otherwise, would the sea that blankets over those cities, rough streets, glories buildings inherited from great empires, people characterized both with an eternal sincerity and a noble timidity and songs that are chanting the stories of yearning and unreachable lovers resemble that much? Is it only a coincidence that we find the traces of these cities in the verses of Portugal’s great poet Fernando Pessoa who at all times narrates about Lisbon, and Yahya Kemal who brought every single district of Istanbul into his poems? Simultaneously in addition to this exhibition, we have another one titled 'TRAVEL TO THE WEST - 70 Years of Turkish Painting (1860-1930)' which is representing the works of Turkish painters who lived in the same period of time like their Portuguese colleagues therefore; I consider it as a fortunate coincidence. I think that it's an elusive opportunity because the art lovers can find the works of these two countries painters that never gave up representing their cities, their people and their souls simultaneously in our museum although they were aware of the art movements that were born in Paris". Precisely, those exhibitions will be the most appropriate ways to comprehend the similar souls of these two countries. Hence, throughout the exhibition other activities that will shed a light on the Portuguese culture such as poem and music nights accompanied by other surprise activities will be organized.

Director of Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, João Castel-Branco Pereira, said, "Both in Portugal and Turkey as Caloust Gulbenkian Foundation we have collaborated for groundbreaking projects with S.Ü SSM. Lisbon is a historical city that is also muse of poets and subject of the fado singers. But today, Lisbon is also the city of the future, development, technology, science and accomplishment success), just like Istanbul. I sincerely wish that the visitors will establish a curiosity to know Lisbon more, discover the common points between Istanbul and Lisbon, the Turks and the Portuguese by the help of this exhibition."

Carlos Reis (1863-1940) Ironing 1915 Oil on canvas 178 x 120 cm Lisbon, Museu do Chiado - MNAC, inv. no. 236

João Vaz

António Carvalho da Silva Porto

João Vaz

Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro

Mário Eloy

Alfredo Keil

Miguel Ângelo Lupi

Bernardo Marques

Adriano Sousa Lopes

Almada Negreiros

Sarah Affonso

Carlos Botelho

Carlos Botelho

Lizbon'da Pazar Günü

Lizbon'da Pazar Günü

José Malhoa

Abel Manta

Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro

Maria Keil

Father's Day

Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM), with the sponsorship of Faber-Castell, will present on Sunday, 21 June in honor of Father’s Day a special workshop entitled “My Father and I Set Sail”. On this special occasion, children who wish to give their fathers a special and lasting gift can spend a few pleasant hours full of dreams, art and sharing together with their fathers. Within the scope of the activity, the children will first tour the exhibitions “Voyage to the West – the 70 Year Adventure of Turkish Painting” and “Lisbon, Memories from another City” introducing the work of Ottoman and Portugese painters, and then proceed with their fathers to the studio, where they will produce together a 3-dimensional model of the sailing ship of their dreams.

“My Father and I Set Sail” Workshop Activity

Date : Sunday, 21 June 2009

Program :

  • 12:00 Introduction 12:15 Tour of the two exhibitions, “Voyage to the West – the 70 Year Adventure of Turkish Painting” and “Lisbon, Memories from Another City”
  • 13:00 – 14:00 Workshop

Location : S.U. Sakıp Sabancı Museum
Adress : Sakıp Sabancı Cad. No: 22 34467 Emirgan İstanbul

Workshop activity reservations have been filled. We thank you for your interest.

Neighbor Day

Sakıp Sabancı Museum once again hosts its Emirgan neighbors!

Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM), it does during every exhibition period, will host its Emirgan neighbors in what has become its traditional Neighbor Day activity on Wednesday, 24 June, from 10:00-22:00. Emirgan residents will be able to visit the museum and the exhibitions, “Voyage to the West – the 70 year Adventure of Turkish Painting (1860-1930)” , on exhibit until 2 August, and “Lisbon, Memories from Another City”, which continues until 2 August . Emirgan residents who show a document indicating their place of residence to obtain an invitation from their muhtar will be able to participate in Neighbor Day free of charge.

“Museum entry and tea is on us, you only need to visit the exhibition” is the slogan used to advertise this activity, by means of which SSM attempts to strengthen its relationship with its neighbors, and which always attracts the interest of local residents.

The exhibitions, which are on display in two different SSM salons, constitute the work of painters of the same era, aware of the art movements born in Paris, the period’s center of the arts, and also represent the work of the Turkish and Portugese artists who continued to reflect the images, peoples and spirit of their own cities in their paintings.