'SULTANS SEAL' OTTOMAN CALLIGRAPHY FROM THE SABANCI COLLECTION OPENS AT THE DEUTSCHE GUGGENHEIM BERLIN

02-02-2001

The Sabancı Calligraphy Collection opens today at the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin. The collection will be on display at the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin, from February 3rd through April 8th, 2001. The exhibition is sponsored by Deutsche Bank and is curated from the most distinguished private collection in Turkey, "Ottoman Calligraphy from the Sakıp Sabancı Museum, Sabancı University, İstanbul".

Sakıp Sabancı, the Chairman of Sabancı Holding, will attend the openning of the Exhibition today at the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin.
The exhibition features some exceptionally fine examples of Ottoman Calligraphy which includes Qur'an manuscripts, albums, large scale decorative inscriptions and
firmans-constitutes a rich overview of this important Islamic art form, from the 15th through the 20th century. Featured in the exhibition are works (Qur'an)by the most important masters, including Şeyh Hamdullah, Ahmet Karahisarı, Hafız Osman. Also
included in the exhibition are, 6 valuable paintings by Ottoman artists; Şevket Dağ, Osman Hamdi Bey, Abdülmecit Efendi, Şeker Ahmet Paşa and M. Sadm.

The collection was also exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, at the Harvard University Museum in the USA and at the Louvre Museum in France during 1998-2000. The exhibiton was visited by 1 Million artlovers from all over the world and the content of the collection was taught at the Harvard University for one semester.

It was the first time that Turkish paintings and calligraphy artwork was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at the Louvre Museum.