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In Conversation with Gürel Tüzün: Vehbi Koç Anlatıyor
Tofaş Akademi Doğu Kampüsü
March 12, 2019, 11:00-12:00
Noday (E.Şahin-I.D.Akseloğlu)
Operation Room
Feb.28-Apr.27, 2019
1st VEKAM Ephemera Workshop
May 30-31, 2019
Josephine Powell Exhibition
Vehbi Koç Evi
Sept.6, 2018-indefinite
Ottoman Arcadia
May 10, 2018-May 5,2019
The Charm of the Market: Shopping in the Mediterranean World throughout History
Dec.1,2018-Agu.31, 2019

Project Support/Culture

An institution supporting cultural development in each area of life: Vehbi Koç Foundation

Vehbi Koç Foundation supports large scale cultural projects representing the “firsts” for Turkey.

Projects supported:

Claros Archaeological Excavations (2016-ongoing): The excavation works on the sanctuary of Claros continued with a large team of archaeologists headed by Professor Nurdan Şahin. The Vehbi Koç Foundation provided support for the documentation and conservation-restoration work of artifacts found during these excavations.           

Ankara University Research Center for Maritime Archaeology (2015): Vehbi Koç Foundation, Ankara University Research Center for Maritime Archaeology (ANKÜSAM), TINA Foundation, and Urla Municipality have partnered to establish the Ankara University Mustafa V. Koç Research Center for Maritime Archaeology in Urla (Izmir) to conduct archaeological research with global reach.         


Greek-Turkish Youth Orchestra (2016-ongoing): The Greek Turkish Youth Orchestra is a group of 50 young Greek and Turkish musicians founded to enhance relations  between the two countries through music, and supported by the Vehbi Koç Foundation since 2015.          


Venice Biennial Turkish Pavillion Sponsor / along with other 21 sponsors (2014-2034): As an initiative of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), and with the contributions of 21 supporters including the Vehbi Koç Foundation, Turkey now has a long-term pavilion at the Venice Biennale, one of world's leading contemporary art and architecture events.


Tanpınar Literature Festival (2013-2014): The 2013 Istanbul Tanpınar Literature Festival, inspired by Tanpınar’s famous book Five Cities, brought together literary fans from Istanbul, Ankara, Bursa, Erzurum and Konya with renowned writers from Turkey and abroad. With the Vehbi Koç Foundation as the main sponsor, the Festival’s conceptual theme for 2013 was ‘City and Play’.               


Archaeological Excavations at the Ancient City of Hierapolis (2013-ongoing): The salvaging and restoration works at the Ancient City of Hierapolis, a UNESCO World Heritage site, continues with the support of the Vehbi Koç Foundation and Tofaş.

Istanbul Biennial Main Sponsor / together with Koç Holding (2007-2026): The Istanbul Biennial, Turkey’s largest international contemporary arts event, which the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) has been organizing since 1987, will continue to be co-sponsored by Koç Holding and the Vehbi Koç Foundation until 2026.


Koç Family Ottoman Art Galleries at the New York Metropolitan Museum (2011): Vehbi Koç Foundation has pledged to donate Metropolitan Museum in New York $ 1 million per year, amounting to a total of $ 10 million between 2009 and 2019. The Met, which welcomes more than 4.5 million visitors every year, features two galleries - Carpets, Textiles and the Greater Ottoman World, and Ottoman Palace Arts (14th - 20th centuries) now called the “Koç Family” Galleries. And for 75 years these two galleries will continue to bear the name of the Koç Family.


Zengibar Castle Excavations (2010-ongoing): Also known as Isaura and as the largest Central Anatolian settlement in antiquity, the archeological excavation works at the Zengibar Castle continue to supported by the Vehbi Koç Foundation. Archaeological work on the site has been underway since 2010, and is of great significance for the ancient history of Anatolia.

Tanas, Berlin - Turkish Contemporary Arts Gallery (2008-2013): TANAS was founded in 2008 in Berlin in collaboration with the Vehbi Koç Foundation with the aim of following the developments in the contemporary Turkish art in Berlin, and serving as an international showcase for contemporary Turkish artists in general. TANAS saw itself as a platform for continuing discourse and regular interaction between Turkish artists and curators and the German and international audiences, and the project was terminated in 2013.

International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Research Symposium (2010): The International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium, in memory of late Sevgi Gönül, is organized triennially with the support of the Vehbi Koç Foundation since 2007, and represents the largest scientific event on Byzantine Studies in Turkey.                              


Contemporary Arts in Turkey - Exhibition and Monograph Series - Yapı ve Kredi Publications (2007-2011): "Contemporary Art in Turkey", a series of monographs was published by Yapı Kredi Culture and Arts Publishing. The series consists of 12 books that compile comprehensive monographs of internationally renowned Turkish artists.

Atatürk Library (1973): The Atatürk Library, located on the Taksim-Dolmabahçe route, was commissioned to Sedad Hakkı Eldem for its architectural design by the Vehbi Koç Foundation on behalf of Koç Group to mark the 50th anniversary of the Turkish Republic.