Lines in gold. Ottoman Calligraphy from the Sakip Sabanci Museum of Istanbul

4th April – 15th June, 2008

Real Alcázar, Seville

No. of exhibits: 96

Visitors: 250.000

This exhibition gathered together a selection of 96 pieces belonging to this prestigious calligraphy collection consisting of almost 400 works of extraordinary value. It offered a complete overview of Ottoman calligraphic art over a period of 500 years, from the 15th to the 20th centuries. It included handwritten Koran pages, prayer books, calligraphic panels, imperial documents and calligraphic instruments.

A part of this collection had also be displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York in 1998, at the Louvre Museum in Paris in 2000, at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin in 2001 and at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid in 2008.

The exhibition was sponsored by the Sabanci Holding, one of the biggest business groups in Turkey and promoter of the Sakip Sabanci University of Istanbul, to which the Sakip Sabanci Museum (SSM) belongs. It relied on the special collaboration of El legado andalusí Foundation (Regional Government of the region of Andalusia)

Its presence in Seville was also possible thanks to the collaboration of the Spanish Ministry of Culture, organizer of the exhibition at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid, and to “PopArt Acción Cultural”, responsible for its celebration in Spain.

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