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Since 2004, Akbank has been the principal supporter of the International Istanbul Film Festival, which contributes to the establishment of a deeply-rooted cinema culture,bringing movie lovers the best and most original films from around the world along with special events featuring top stars and noted directors.Closely followed by a broad viewer base, many of whom are young people,the Festival opens the doors to a whole new world through the different lives and varied points of view it presents, as well as its extensive selection of films.Akbank believes that these qualities embody the Festival's important mission and hopes to enjoy a long cooperation with the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, the Festival's organizer.
Contemporary Istanbul, the "modern and contemporary art" event with the widest scope in Turkey, introduces the country's cultural and artistic life to the world. Akbank Private Banking, as the sponsor of Contemporary Istanbul since 2007, is recognized by the international art community with its contribution to one of the most important modern art events in Turkey. Besides the art fair facility, Contemporary Istanbul presents many side events and art projects throughout the year, from discussion panels to exhibitions.
The Rodin Exhibition
The works of Rodin, the great master of the art of sculpture, greet art loves.
This major exhibition held in 2006 was organized by Sabancı University's Sakıp Sabancı Musuem with sponsorship from Akbank and aimed to introduce the works of the great master of the art of sculpture to a broad audience .A total of 203 works from the Rodin Museum in Paris were included in this Rodin retrospective, including sculptures in bronze, marble and plaster, as well as archive photos, pieces from the artist's collection of Classical sculpture and original designs for his works.The exhibition, which attracted hundreds of visitors, was complemented by conferences, sculpture workshops and children's programs, making it a 360 program that shed light on every aspect to Auguste Rodin'a life and works.
A Surrealist in Istanbul: Salvador Dalí Exhibition
Sabancı University's Sakıp Sabancı Museum, with sponsorship from Akbank, hosted works by one of the most important artists of the surrealist movement, Salvador Dalí, beginning from september 2008. Featuring the most comprehensive exhibition of Dali's collected works outside of the artist's homeland of Spain ever, this exhibition created to be a very compelling attraction not just locally, but globally. Akbank is proud to achieve another first by making it possible for Turkish art lovers to visit an exhibition of the works of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, the leading figure of the surrealist movement, a unique, innovative, talented, paradigm-changing artist and eccentric, Salvador Dalí.
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..