UnknownKutlug Ataman, Nazan Ölçer, Güler Sabanci, and Sevil Sabanci discussing Sakip Sabanci and the artwork.

In life, some are and will always be remembered and respected for what they have offered to their country and people. Turkish businessman Sakip Sabanci was one of them. In 2011 the Sabanci family created a committee with Güler Sabanci and Sevil Sabanci to honor the life of Sakip, and commissioned renowned artist Kutlug Ataman to create a work for the tenth anniversary of Sakip’s passing. The piece was shown for the first time at the Sakip Sabanci Museum last week.

The work, 
Sakip Sabanci.

Ataman’s beautiful artwork is a portrait of the late Turkish industrialist, who transformed Turkey into a modern, developed country. The piece reminds one of a digital mosaic, formed by 30,000 portraits of people who had a relationship with Mr. Sabanci throughout his life. He touched so many with his great mind, strength, humor, and kindness and was always very thankful to the people around him and his team. Mr. Sabanci believed in the principle of people first and foremost.

Ataman’s piece is a tribute to all who trusted and followed Mr. Sabanci’s vision, helped him throughout his career, and made him a great leader.

The work, which is considered one of the largest examples of video art worldwide, was showcased at a beautiful event right after a talk by Guler, Sevil, and Sir Norman Rosenthal, who expressed with great beauty the power of a man and the power of people, visions, dreams, and teamwork.

Photos: Courtesy of Demet Muftuoglu Eseli


Posted By

Demet Muftuoglu Eseli

Creative Director
Demet Muftuoglu Eseli is a boldfaced name in the Turkish art and fashion worlds. She founded ISTANBUL ’74, the first Turkey-based international arts and culture platform, in 2009. Muftuoglu Eseli ...