SPAIN TALKING ABOUT THE SABANCI CALLIGRAPHY COLLECTION...

23-04-2008
-   EL MUNDO: “SAKIP SABANCI MUSEUM HAS BECOME ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT MUSEUM CENTRES OF TURKEY RECENTLY”

-   ABC: “96 PIECES SELECTED FROM THE MANUSCRIPTS IN SAKIP SABANCI MUSEUM COLLECTION TO BE AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING WITH ADMIRATION AT REAL ALCÁZAR”
 
-   DIARIO DE SEVILLA: “ALCÁZAR EXHIBITING SPLENDID TRACES OF THE OTTOMAN CALLIGRAPHY”
 
The Spanish press showed great interest in the inauguration at the Real Alcázar, Seville, of the exhibition entitled “Ottoman Calligraphy from the Sakip Sabancı Museum” containing selected pieces from the Ottoman Calligraphy Collection of the Sakip Sabancı Museum (SSM), Sabancı University.  The inauguration attended by Guler Sabancı, Sabancı Holding Chairperson and SSM CEO, Ender Arat, Ambassador of Turkey in Madrid, Rosa Torres Ruiz, Councillor for Culture of Regional Council of Andalusia, and Nazan Olcer, Director of SSM was widely reflected in Spanish media.  The exhibition being implemented under the sponsorship of Sabancı Holding Company and El Legado Andalusí will be open until 15 June 2008.
 
One of the leading dailies of Spain, El Mundo announced to its readers the exhibition under the heading “Alcázar presenting the Islamic Calligraphy with an exhibition consisting of approximately one hundred pieces.”  The daily wrote about the exhibition: “The Real Alcázar of Seville hosts the exhibition ‘Ottoman Calligraphy,’ consisting of 96 select works including manuscript prayer books, calligraphic albums and tablets, exercise books, and Koran copies, brought from the Sakip Sabancı Museum.  At the exhibition, works of Sheikh Hamdullah, the so-called founder of the Ottoman calligraphy, being above all, Shahzadah Korkut, Ahmed Karahisari, Dervish Ali, Hafez Osman, Sayyid Abdullah of Yedikule, Mustafa Izzet, Sami Effendi, and many other calligraphers of late 15th century and early 20th are in display.”
Also the information was added related to the Sabancı Calligraphy Collection that “This collection was created by late Sakip Sabancı, one of the famous industrialists of Turkey and founder of one of the worldwide leading companies, through a life-time endeavour.  Opened at Emirgan, an exquisite district of Istanbul, in year 2002, the Sakip Sabancı Museum has become one of the most important museum centres of Turkey in recent years.”
 
-ABC: “96 pieces selected from the manuscripts in Sakip Sabancı Museum collection to be available for viewing with admiration at Real Alcázar”

One of the effective publications of Spain, ABC, announced the exhibition under the heading “The Real Alcázar exhibits the 500-year Ottoman calligraphy legacy.”  The article authored by Marta Lopez reads: “The Real Alcázar hosts an exhibition opened in the Montería halls, which will be available for visits until 15th June.  The exhibition is entitled ‘the Ottoman Calligraphy.’  All the works come from the collection which had been created by its sponsor Sakip Sabancı, and is today kept at the Sakip Sabancı Museum.  The exhibition informs us about the evolution of the Ottoman calligraphy during a period of 500 years, and invites all the visitors to get know what such legendary masters of writing had produced throughout their adventures from late 15th century up to early 20th.  96 pieces selected from the manuscripts in the Sakip Sabancı Museum collection will be available for viewing with admiration.”

In addition to the information that the “Ottoman Calligraphy Exhibition” was implemented with the support of Sabancı Holding, one of the largest groups of companies in Turkey, the article also contains the following statement of Rosa Torres Ruiz, Councillor for Culture of Regional Council of Andalusia is quoted: “This exhibition will be a bridge between cultures, where once again the culture must be the key that leads to understanding and easing tensions between East and West.”  The article also underscores the words of the Sabancı Holding Chairperson Guler Sabancı: “Seville is the best place to host this exhibition, as the cultural diversity of this city and its closeness to the Islamic life are factors that make this palace the best appropriate one for this collection.”
 
- Diario de Sevilla: “Alcázar exhibiting splendid traces of the Ottoman Calligraphy”
 
And Diario de Sevilla announced the opening to its readers under the heading: “Alcázar exhibiting splendid traces of the Ottoman Calligraphy.”  The article authored by Francisco Camero imparted information about the works being exhibited, and qualified the Sabancı Calligraphy Collection as “The best private collection in Turkey.”
 
A publication addressing to the Andalusia Autonomous Region, El Correo de Andalucia wrote, further to the details of the exhibition, “The Exhibition invites its visitors to a trip through the Ottoman history.”