The Sakip Sabanci Museum is a private museum that houses an outstanding array of Turkish and Ottoman art, including paintings and calligraphy. Located in the Emirgan district, this attractive historic mansion sits in an imposing position overlooking the Bosphorus. It was opened in 2002 as a museum, and has become a popular attraction for art loving visitors to Istanbul. Apart from displaying its own extensive collection, the museum hosts regular temporary exhibitions as well as concerts, seminars, and conferences.
Sakip Sabanci Museum
This Ottoman mansion, was designed by the Italian architect Edouard de nari for Prince Mehmed Ali Hasan, who used it as a summer home. It was then sold in 1950 to the rich industrialist Haci Omar Sabanci. Following his death in 1966, his son Sakip Sabanci, used the mansion as his home and started to collecti paintings, and some fine examples of calligraphy. The Mansion, including the collection and furnishings, were donated to Sabanci University in 1998, and four years later it was opened as a museum.
Proudly standing in front of the museum is a large bronze statue of a horse. The statue was designed in 1864 by the Parisian sculptor Louis Daumas and placed here by Haci Omar Sabanci just after purchasing the building. After its installation, the building became locally known as the Atli Kosk or Horse Villa.
The museum’s collection is based mainly on the Sabanci family. The calligraphy collection spans a period of approximately 500 years totalling somewhere in the range of 400 individual works of art. A wide range of items are on display including Koran's in manuscript form, prayer books, imperial documents, and poetry books. There is also a display of the tools used to create such items.
The painting collection is mostly the work of notable Ottoman and Turkish artists, although there are also examples of work done by European artists who were living and working within the Ottoman Empire. In total there are an estimated 320 paintings on display.
There are some fine figurines and excellent examples of metalwork and porcelain on show, included are collections of 18th and 19th century Chinese porcelain, 19th century French porcelain, and some further valuable items from Vienna and Berlin.
Furniture and some personal items from the Sabanci family are also on display.