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At the leading edge of cultural life in Istanbul, the Sakıp Sabancı Museum has a fantastic collection of calligraphy that interacts with the iPads distributed on entry. Blockbuster exhibitions vary from archaeology to Rembrandt and the permanent exhibition of late Ottoman and early Republican painting alone is worth a visit. The museum’s main building is a villa built in 1925 for Prince Mehmed Ali Hasan by the Italian architect Edouard De Nari. Bought in 1951 by industrialist Hacı Ömer Sabancı, it was known as Atlı Köşk, “The Mansion with the Horse”, because of a horse sculpture on the grounds made from the cast of one of the four horses in Venice taken from the Roman hippodrome in Sultanahmet by looting Crusaders. Bequeathed to Sabancı University to be used as a museum, in which the Sabancı family’s ccalligraphy and paintings formed the core collection, the museum is a venue of various concerts, conferences and seminars.
In 2017 an exhibition of the works of the Turkish artist Feyhaman Duran (1886–1970) was reviewed in Cornucopia 55 (The artist who lit up the darkness)Sakıp Sabancı Museum is a Cornucopia Stockist – get your copy of the latest issue here.
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