Sakip Sabancı Museum
#20 in Istanbul
The Sakip Sabancı Museum, one of the most renowned private fine arts museums in Istanbul, is located in Emirgan, at one of the oldest settlements on the coast of Bosphorus.
In 1925, Prince Mehmed Ali Hasan of the Khedive family of Egypt commissioned the Italian architect Edoardo De Nari to build the villa, now the Museum's main building, and it was used as a summer house for many years by various members of the Khedive family. After the mansion was purchased in 1951 by industrialist Hacı Ömer Sabancı from the Khedive family as a summer residence, it came to be known as 'The Mansion with the Horse', because of the statue of a horse (purchased in the same year) that was installed in the garden. After the death of Hacı Ömer Sabancı in 1966, the mansion began to be used permanently as a home by Sakıp Sabancı in 1974 as the eldest of the family, and for many years housed Sakıp Sabancı's rich collection of calligraphy and paintings. In 1998, together with its collection and furnishings, the mansion was bequeathed to Sabancı University by the Sabancı family to be transformed into a museum.
With the annex of a modern gallery, the exhibition areas of the museum opened to visitors in 2002; with a further extension of the layout in 2005, the technical level of the museum reached international standards.
Today Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum presents a versatile museological environment with its rich permanent collection, the comprehensive temporary exhibitions that it hosts, its conservation units, model educational programs and the various concerts, conferences and seminars held there.The exhibitions held in the Sakıp Sabancı Museum include 'Picasso in Istanbul', 'Joan Miró. Women, Birds, Stars', 'Where Darkness Meets Light... Rembrandt and His Contemporaries - The Golden Age of Dutch Art', and 'Master Sculptor Rodin in Istanbul'.