2010 - Traditional Art
Exhibition of the Quran in its 1400th Anniversary / 4 September-31 December 2010
2011 - Traditional & Contemporary Art
- Art Beat/ Lütfi Kırdar Congress and Exhibition Center / 14-18 September 2011
- Hilye-i Şeriflerler Exhibition / 4 November -1 December 2011
2012 - Contemporary Art
- 50 Years Of Urban Walls: Burhaç Doğançay Retrospective/ İstanbul Modern / 23 May-23 September 2012
- Contemporary Istanbul / Lütfi Kırdar Congress and Exhibition Center / 22-25 November 2012
2013 - Traditional & Contemporary Art
- Hüsn-i Hat Exhibition /Hagia Sophia Museum & Ankara Congresium / 12-23 April 2013
- Sacred Heritage Exhibition/ Sultanahmet Medrese / 2 August-2 September 2013
- Contemporary Istanbul 2013/ Lütfi Kırdar Congress and Exhibition Center / 7-10 November 2013
2014 - Traditional & Contemporary Art
- Aşk-ı Nebi (Love Of The Prophet) Exhibition/ Hagia Sophia Museum and Topkapı Palace / 8 April-15 June 2014
- Aşk-ı Nebi (Love Of The Prophet) Exhibition/ New York Turkish Center / 21 September-22 October 2014
- Art International 2014/ Haliç Congress Center / 26-28 September 2014
- Contemporary Istanbul 2014/ Lütfi Kırdar Congress and Exhibition Center / 13-16 November 2014
2016 - Contemporary Art
Burhan Doğançay: Images and Signifier /5 September-18 November 2016
2017 - Traditional & Contemporary Art
- Ahmet Güneştekin / 7 February-4 August 2017
- Devrim Erbil's Istanbul / 8 February-10 March 2017
- Ekrem Yalçındağ's Exhibition "On Color, Nature, Ornament and Other Things" / 20 March-17 May 2017
- Naciye Şubaşı's Illuminated Manuscripts 'LOVE' / 29 May- 7 June 2017
2018 - Traditional & Contemporary Art
- Refik Anadol- “pladis Data Universe” / 9 February-7 September 2018
- "Esmaü’n Nebi" Calligraphy Exhibiton / 21 May – 3 September 2018
2019 - Traditional Art
- Ekrem Hakkı Ayverdi’s “Kalem Güzelleri” Exhibition / 3 May – 27 June 2019
- Forty Hadith Exhibiton / 11 November-5 February 2019
2020 - Traditional Art
The Farewell Sermons of the Prophet Exhibition / 13 May 2020 -
2021 - Traditional & Contemporary Art
- "Female Artists – Esmâs and Hilyes” / 15 April-18 June 2021
- Artweeks@Akaretler - The ‘Rasat’ Exhibition / 8-19 September 2021
- Contemporary Istanbul / Burhan Doğançay and Ekrem Yalçındağ - Tersane İstanbul / 7-10 Octonber 2021
2022 - Traditional & Contemporary Art
- Artweeks Akaretler / 30 March-29 Aprim 2022
- ‘Talking Scripts’ Exhibition/ Yıldız Holding Islamic Art Collection / 4 April 2022- continuing
We are involved in projects which allow people from all walks of life to access artistic and cultural activities. By implementing artistic social responsibility projects, as well as supporting various art platforms, we aim to ensure that art and society are each integral to the other.
We believe it is important to introduce children to art at an early age. Exposure to art has a positive effect on a child’s intellectual and aesthetic development. We support both contemporary and traditional art in the hope that art platforms in Turkey multiply, become permanent, and reach more people.
Artworks and Artists Previously on Display in Yıldız Holding Exhibition Hall
Yıldız Holding Art Collection
Our collection of painting and calligraphy includes nearly 1000 pieces, acquired from various auctions and exhibitions over the past 20 years. It is exhibited at both the Çamlıca Seminar Hall and in our companies’ offices.
“Beauties from a Pen by Ekrem Hakkı Ayverdi” Calligraphy Exhibition- May 3-July 26, 2019
On the occasion of Ramadan, Yıldız Holding Seminar and Exhibition Hall was home to the calligraphy exhibition “Beauties from a Pen by Ekrem Hakkı Ayverdi” which brought together rare beauties of traditional Islamic art performed by Ekrem Hakkı Ayverdi with art enthusiasts between May 3 and July 26, 2019.
Having been co-curated by Prof. Uğur Derman and Dr. Şebnem Eryavuz, the exhibition had a total of 92 works on display including artworks by prominent calligraphy artists who had lived in time periods between 16th and 19th centuries such as Sheikh Hamdullah, Ahmet Karahisari, Hafız Osman Efendi, Mahmut Celaleddin, Sami Efendi, Mehmet Şevki Efendi, Aziz Efendi as well as valuable calligraphy plaques, the Holy Book of Qoran, muraqqa, Dala’il Al Khayrat, sketches, practices, calligraphy templates and sets.
Burhan Doğançay - "Burhan Doğançay: Images and Signifiers"
An exclusive selection of artworks by Burhan Doğançay including “Symphony in Blue” was on display until November 18, 2016. Held in Yıldız Holding Exhibition Hall, the exhibition brought together nineteen paintings by Burhan Doğançay including “Symphony in Blue”, a prominent example of Turkish contemporary art, and others from “Ribbons”, “Framed Walls”, “Double Reality”, "Formula I" and "Grego" series with art enthusiasts. The exhibition also included an Aubusson wall carpet from “Ribbons” series, eighteen photographs taken by Yahşi Baraz and an exhibition poster which dates back to 1977.
Devrim Erbil- Devrim Erbil’s Istanbul
Yıldız Holding Seminar and Exhibition Hall was home to the exhibition “Devrim Erbil’s Istanbul” between February 8 and March 10, 2017. Held on the occasion of Devrim Erbil’s 80th birthday, the exhibition included oil paintings, wooden reliefs, hand-woven rugs and carpets, however geographical and historical symbols of Istanbul such as the Golden Horn, the Bosphorus, the Historical Peninsula and Haydarpaşa constituted the zenith of the exhibition. The exhibition brought together 21 artworks by Devrim Erbil including the “Istanbul Trilogy”, one of the latest works of Erbil, which was on display for the very first time.
Ekrem Yalçındağ- On Color, Nature, Ornament and Other Things
The exhibition "On Color, Nature, Ornament and Other Things”, which included the latest works of Ekrem Yalçındağ, was opened on March 20 in Yıldız Holding Seminar and Exhibition Hall. The exhibition brought together the artist’s recent large-scale paintings and an installation artwork created by the artist using wallpaper and samples from his paintings exclusively for the foyer area of the exhibition hall. Patterns-motifs, colors, paints, compositions, handcrafting, time, surfaces and processes are intertwined in his paintings, and he deals with each element one by one, arranging them by decoupling.
Naciye Şubaşı- Love
Yıldız Holding Seminar and Exhibition Hall was home to the exhibition “Love” between May 29 and July 7. The exhibition included artworks by the illuminator Naciye Subaşı.
The artist interprets the Ottoman classical style in Turkish illumination and hand-drawn decorative arts with a new understanding and carries this style to the present day, interpreting classical lines with modern and original forms in her works. Naciye Subaşı uses a specific relief decoration technique and is known for the new techniques she brought to this exclusive art.
The Calligraphy Exhibition “Beautiful Names of Prophet Muhammad” – May 21 – September 3
Yıldız Holding’s calligraphy exhibition “Beautiful Names of Prophet Muhammad”, which included 104 beautiful names and titles of Prophet Muhammad, was open to visitors at Yıldız Holding Seminar and Exhibition Hall between May 21 and September 3, 2018. Co-executed by calligraphy artist Ferhat Kurlu with illuminators Numan Aydın and Deniz Akın, this was the very first exhibition to carry the beautiful names of the Prophet Muhammad to the digital platform.
Specific to this exhibition, there was a big calligraphy plaque that bore the beautiful names of Prophet Muhammad which described his beauty, separate digital designs were prepared for each and every beautiful name and these were reflected on 104 different screens.
Yıldız Holding – Sponsorship for Contemporary Istanbul
As one of the sponsors of Contemporary Istanbul, that has an ever-growing content since 2011, we, as Yıldız Holding, brought together 17,000 children with art ever since. Thanks to Ülker Children’s Art Workshop, we are working hard to make children’s dreams come true. Every year, Ülker Children’s Art Workshop aims to reach even more children with a rich-content.
Ülker’s Contribution to Art
Ülker Children’s Art Workshop
We believe that art plays a crucial role in helping children find the courage to make their dreams come true. Just like sports, art is an important tool for children to express themselves as they are and we think that a person who can express himself/herself is a cornerstone to a happy society and a happy future. As Ülker, we understand that one of the paths to happiness passes through art and that is one of the reasons why we support projects that enable our children to meet art at an early age and allocate resources for these projects.
We sincerely believe that bringing together children with art at an early age and making art a part of their daily lives significantly contribute to the development of children’s imagination and aesthetic emotions. In line with this approach, we established Ülker Children’s Art Workshop in order to bring them enthusiasm for art at an early age and transform them into art loving individuals when they are grown-ups.
Through our workshop which opened its doors under the roof of Art Beat İstanbul, a contemporary art fair, in 2011, we enabled thousands of children to meet contemporary art on different platforms every year. The children had the opportunity to meet famous artists and benefit from their artistic views.
With an ever-growing content, Ülker Children’s Art Workshop brought together about 16,000 children with art.
‘YOUR THURSDAY’ at Istanbul Modern
To make art accessible to everyone, we sponsor the ‘Sizin Perşembeniz/Your Thursday’ project at Istanbul Modern. The prestigious art museum opens its doors to everyone every Thursday, free of charge. Thanks to the project, art lovers can now visit all exhibitions, events and film screenings at Istanbul Modern for free between the hours of 10.00 and 20.00 each Thursday.
Now almost 100 years old, the Venice Biennial is accepted as one of the most distinguished cultural institutions in the world.
Turkey has attended the Venice Biennial since 1991, and has participated through exhibitions and installations in its ‘collateral events’ since 2003. From 2007 until 2013, the Turkey Pavilion was conducted with sponsorship support from the Istanbul Foundation for Art and Culture (IKSV), under the patronage of the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Turkey, and with contributions from the Board of the Promotion Fund of The Prime Ministry.
In 2014, IKSV led a group of 21 supporters including Yıldız Holding in an initiative to purchase a fixed venue for the Turkey Pavilion for 20 years. Turkey will use this space between 2014 and 2034 to attend both the architecture and art biennials
Baksi Museum Children’s Events Supporter
Baksı Museum was opened in Bayburt in 2010 and was developed into a nice museum in a short time. The museum was awarded as the best museum of Europe. We made a collaboration with Baksı Museum and provided support to the museum through the “Free Entrance on Tuesday” Project sponsored by our brand Ülker.
The SAHA Foundation is a non-profit organization which promotes the appreciation of Turkish contemporary art through the unconditional support of artistic projects. SAHA strives to develop a stronger environment in which artists, curators, art historians, and critics can work and learn, and to increase their interaction with international networks. Yıldız Holding is a proud supporter of SAHA and its mission.