Press Releases

Sabancı University’s graduate artists meet at Sakıp Sabancı Museum!

The new exhibition titled “Buluşma…Reunion” brings together the works
of 20 artists whose paths have crossed with the Sabancı University Visual
Arts and Visual Communication Design Program, displaying a range of
works from various disciplines such as painting to photography,
documentary and installation. The exhibition will be open to art
enthusiasts between the dates of April 9, 2015 – July 26, 2015.

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‘Women, Birds and Stars’ of the great twentieth century artist Joan Miró is at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum sponsored by Sabancı Holding

Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM), hosts a comprehensive exhibition consisting of the
Catalan artist and sculptor Joan Miró, born in Barcelona. This exhibition, titled Joan Miró. Women,
Birds and Stars focuses on the maturity period of the groundbreaking and versatile artist. The
exhibition, sponsored by Sabancı Holding and organized in collaboration with the Joan Miró
Foundation in Barcelona, the family collection Successió Miró in Mallorca and the Pilar and Joan
Miró Foundation again in Mallorca can be visited between 23 September 2014 and 1 February 2015.
Focusing on the women, birds and stars themes of Miró, who was inspired by his observations on the
Mediterranean landscape and people, the exhibition presents the viewer a rich selection of paintings,
prints, sculptures and ceramics, thus providing the opportunity to understand Miró’s symbolic
language. Artlovers who will meet with Miró in Istanbul, will witness the reflections in different forms
of the energy the artist derived from the Mediterranean culture.

The contemporary art work honouring Sakıp Sabancı is now at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum

The work of art commissioned in 2011 by the Sabancı family to Kutluğ Ataman for the 10th
anniversary of Sakıp Sabancı’s parting from us has opened to public viewing at the Sakıp
Sabancı Museum on April 29. The work aims to reflect the personality of the much missed
leader, with his innovativeness, his sharing and embracing nature, his overriding principle of
always giving first priority to people and his love and respect for them. Throughout his life,
Sakıp Sabancı who merged with people with his sharp intelligence, his sense of humour and
warm manner had many windows opening to life and people. Kutluğ Ataman’s work makes
visible all the windows opened by Sakıp Sabancı.

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SSM is re-launching its ‘The Arts of the Book and the Calligraphy Collection’..

At its 10th anniversary, S.U. Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM) is re-launching its ‘The Arts of the Book and the Calligraphy Collection’ at Atlı Köşk (Horse Mansion) with a new design and a contemporary display approach as of 10th of May. 

SSM unveils the story of a society’s transformation with paintings...

Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM) will be showcasing its extensive painting collection under the title “While a Country is Changing - Turkish Painting from the Ottoman Reformation to the Republic” starting from December 24th. The collection, containing the works of the significant artists of Turkish Painting, such as Osman Hamdi Bey, Halil Paşa, Abdülmecid Efendi and İzzet Ziya, Fikret Muallâ will be exhibited permanently in the gallery designed exclusively for the exhibition. The exhibition, which has been carried out under the scientific consultancy of by Prof. Dr. Semra Germaner and Assoc. Prof. Ahu Antmen, will give the visitors a chance to oversee the historical journey of Turkish Painting.

The collection, created by additions to Sakıp Sabancı’s private collection in time, presents a wide spectrum to Turkish Painting art from a collector’s standpoint on the modernization process from the Ottoman Empire to Turkish Republic. The paintings, that Sakıp Sabancı gathered through his personal interest for a certain era of Turkish Painting, gives a hint about the initial phase of the development process of the art of painting in Turkey. The exhibition also reveals the transition in the production of images and the alteration of the concepts of art and artist in Turkey.

Many remarkable works will be presented to the art lovers in the exhibition, which contains nearly 100 paintings. Osman Hamdi Bey’s Naile Hanım portrait is among the paintings that will be exhibited in Turkey for the first time; in addition to Halil Paşa’s Madam X, exhibited in the 1889 Paris Universal Fair and awarded with a Bronze Medal, which will be presented with its award certificate, also for the first time. Standing out with its golden gilding in the background, used for portraying the saints in the Byzantine portraits, the Naile Hanım painting emphasizes the importance of women and Osman Hamdi Bey’s wife for him, at the same time giving hints about the social structure of the era. Taksim Meydanı, painted by Nazmi Ziya Güran represents the life standard that the Republic brought and notably, the freedom it provided for Turkish women.

The Director of SSM, Dr.Nazan Ölçer, giving information about the exhibition, stated: “We are presenting the story and development of Turkish Painting in a new spatial arrangement from the Reformation to the Republic. The paintings form a solid ground in order to comprehend the sense of art and different points of views in Turkish Painting with different perspectives and inclinations of modernism. With the new arrangement, as always, we are going to continue our education programs and workshops for students and young people, along with workshops for adults.”

The exhibition, along with its catalogue, will reveal the social and economical transition of a country through the art of painting that these lands discovered belatedly but embraced rapidly. Throughout the year, conferences and documentary screenings will be held as to complement the historical binding. This way, SSM will proceed to carry out its mission that is addressing art’s conceptual and image-related dimensions with different perspectives and bring the Turkish public together with art.