Sakip Sabanci Museum: In Praise of God: Anatolian Rugs in Transylvanian Churches, 1500-1750; Istanbul, Istanbul, April to August 2007

Exhibition at the Sakip Sabanci Museum in Emirgan, Istanbul curated by dr. Nazan Olçer and Michael Franses.

“In Praise of God:
Anatolian Rugs In Transylvanian Churches, 1500-1750”

In Sakıp Sabancı Museum

Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM) will be hosting the exhibition In Praise of God – Anatolian Rugs in Transylvanian Churches between April 19 – August 19, 2007. 41 rugs Western Anatolian rugs from 16th -18th centuries, mostly selected from churches and museums in Romania, Hungary and Germany will be on display in this exhibition sponsored by Yünsa.

The exhibition, which brings together a selection of rugs for the first time at SSM since the exhibiton in Budapest in 1914, is a collaboration between the Romanian Institute of Culture, the National Brukenthal Museum in Sibiu, the Evangelical Church A.C. of Romania, Romanian Ministry of Culture and Religious Affairs, the Bucharest Museum of Art Collections, the Hungarian National Museum and the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest, the Berlin Museum of Islamic Art and SSM.

With this exhibition, several types of “Transylvanian” rugs, of which few survive in Turkey,  are temporarily returning to the land where they were originally woven. The use of rugs made for Muslim prayer to decorate the walls of Christian churches, and the preservation of large numbers of these rugs in Transylvania, create an interesting example of fusion and also an indication of the universality of art, which recognizes no borders, languages or religions.

Dr. Nazan Olçer & Stefano Ionescu
Dr. Nazan Olçer, Director of SSM & Stefano Ionescu
Michael Franses at the opening of the exhibition
Michael Franses at the opening of the exhibition
Ali Riza Tuna & Stefano Ionescu
Ali Riza Tuna & Stefano Ionescu presenting the second edition of the book