Introducing Turkey To The World

A Dream... But Not Yours!

Setting itself the goal of contributing to efforts for enriching Turkey's cultural and social life, Akbank has been for long years suppporting contemporary art in the country. National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C. hosted "A Dream... But Not Yours!: Contemporary Art from Turkey" exhibition between 12th February – 16th May 2010 under the sponsorship of Akbank and DEIK (Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey). With Esra Sarıgedik Öktem as the curator, the exhbition featured paintings by Nevin Aladağ, Selda Asal, Merve Brill, İpek Duben, İnci Eviner, Leyla Gediz, Gülsün Karamustafa, Ceren Oykut, Canan Şenol, Ayça Telgeren and Canan Tolon.

Considering encouragement of creative work as one of its most important social responsibilities Akbank believes that inspiring diversity of approaches and supporting new ideas constitute a sound foundation for a modern and stimulating society. It is within this context that Akbank takes pride in supporting the exhibition "A Dream... But Not Yours!: Contemporary Art from Turkey" where Turkey's most prominent 11 women painters' works were displayed. ​

The exhibition aiming to bring greater originality, dynamism and a rich diversity to Turkey's modern art landscape was an exciting experience for us in offering the opportunity to share the beauties of modern art with the art lovers of the world.

Letters in Gold

An unrivalled collection of traditional calligraphy!

The metropolitan museum of art, New York, 1998!
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1999!
The Louvre Museum, Paris, 2000!
Thousands of visitors to three of the world's most important museums discovered the riches of Turkey's cultural heritage.

The "Letters in Gold" exhibition of priceless works of Ottoman calligraphy chosen from the Sabancı University's Sakıp Sabancı Museum collection, sponsored by Akbank, toured the world's cultural capitals. The collection, featuring both designs and drawings put to paper 500 years ago, as well as imperial edicts and documents bearing the "tuğra", the imperial seal of the Ottoman sultans, awakened wonder and admiration around the world.