Celebrating the tenth year of its existence, the permanent exhibition in the famous Atlı Köşk (Horse Mansion) of the Sakıp Sabancı Museum is entitled Kitap Sanatları ve Hat Koleksiyonu (Collection of the Arts of the Book and Calligraphy.) Consisting of Korans, prayer books, calligraphic compositions, albums and panels composed by renowned calligraphers, the collection also displays official documents with the imperial cipher of the Ottoman sultans, as well as the tools used by calligraphers, that all span from the end of the 14th century to the 20th century.
All displays include screens that show videos of the process involved in the intricate art of calligraphy production according to the traditional techniques. Apart from this a new technological experiment is being tested by museum-goers, in the form of “Augmented Reality” where museum-provided iPads are held up to markers in the exhibition that are recognized by the application and consequently open a system that give further detailed information about items on display. Users can, for example, turn the pages of the korans on display to see the entirety of the item. Downstairs, the original family rooms are also on display, and the Augmented Reality system allows for viewers to see old photos of Sakıp Sabancı and his family in the exact rooms that they are standing in for a kind of time-travel-like feel.
Sakıp Sabancı (d. 2004) began the collection in the 1970s, moving on to exhibit the items in major museums abroad in 1989 and on, where they were greeted with such wide enthusiasm that the idea of creating a museum in Istanbul sprouted. After expanding the collection, the family mansion was generously handed over to the Sabancı University in 1998 and was converted into a museum. In 2002 a modern gallery was added to the complex and opened to the public among a beautiful garden of exuberant green trees and a view of the Bosporus. Sakıp Sabancı Caddesi No. 42; P: (0212) 277 22 00