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The Arts of the Book and Calligraphy Collection/Kitap Sanatları ve Hat Koleksiyonu

May 10, 2013 – December 31, 2015

Sakıp Sabancı Museum, Sakıp Sabancı Cad 42, Emirgan 34467 Istanbul


To celebrate its tenth anniversary, the Sakıp Sabancı Museum is re-launching its book and calligraphy collection at the Atlı Köşk (Horse Mansion).

An example of the digital age meeting traditional visual arts, visitors have the opportunity to use interactivity rather than just having the traditional museum experience. iPads are provided and when held up to an exhibit with a special symbol, they either display more information on that particular work or show an animated scene of an Ottoman calligrapher at work.

A rich collection which spans a significant period from the 14th century to the 20th century, the exhibition features more than 200 examples of illuminated Korans, prayer books, calligraphic compositions, albums and panels, as well as illuminated official documents with the imperial cipher of the Ottoman sultans and examples of calligraphers’ tools.

Breaking the stereotype that calligraphy is a thing of the past, the exhibition also extends to traditional art and features works by contemporary artists. See Ahmet Oran’s calligraphy from 2005–2006 and renowned video artist Kutluğ Ataman’s video, which uses the calligraphic mirror compositions known as müsenna or aynalı to show the link between the exhibition and contemporary art.



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