• For youth, the future of Turkey
  • For a healthy society
  • For equal education opportunities
  • Fostering social transformation

CALENDAR
AKMED Ancient Coins Webinar
AKMED
October 26-30, 2020
Archival Memories: Marcell Restle’s Research in Anatolia and Beyond
Arter
June25,2019-November 2, 2020
KP Brehmer: The Big Picture
Arter
until January 24, 2021
On Celestial Bodies
Arter
until March 7, 2021
Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye: Repetition
Arter
until January 24, 2021
David Tudor and CIE, Inc.: Rainforest V (variation 3)
Arter
Until February 7, 2021
For Eyes That Listen
Arter
Until April 25, 2021
Cevdet Erek: Bergama Stereotip
Arter
Feb.27-November 15, 2020
Altan Gürman
Arter
Sept.13, 2019-Jan.24, 2021
Sadberk Hanım Museum
OPEN
Alexis Gritchenko, Constantinople Years
Meşher
September 1-November 1, 2020
Josephine Powell Exhibition
Vehbi Koç Evi
June 30,2020-indefinite
CULTURE

Vehbi Koç House

Transformed into a permanent exhibition space, Vehbi Koç’s House is at the service of culture and arts.

Vehbi Koç’s House opened its doors to the public in September 2018 with an outstanding exhibition. The exhibition showcasing the kilims, which Josephine Powell, one of the last travelers of Anatolia, collected over a period of more than two decades, from the 1970s to the 1990s, and were donated to the Vehbi Koç Foundation after her passing in 2007, is now open to visitors.

Vehbi Koç and his family who resided in Ankara, spent the summers in Istanbul from the 1920s onwards. In 1938, he bought the house in Büyükdere and the grove behind it from the Frenkyan Family. The building with a large garden was used as the Koç family’s summer house until Vehbi Koç’s passing in 1996.

Josephine Powell was the first foreigner allowed to travel across Turkey and explore the country after the founding of the Republic. She traveled around Anatolia countless times, visiting nomadic camps, shops of carpet and kilim sellers, and photographing their daily activities and handicrafts. The Josephine Powell collection exhibited indefinitely at the Vehbi Koç Büyükdere House features 36 kilims, select examples woven in the Ottoman era from the 18th to the 20th century, and survived to present day, as well as six sacks, one weaving loom and 73 weaving tools.

Kilims, which played an important role in the settled and nomadic lifestyles of Turks, with various functions such as mats, sacks, saddlebags, cradle spreads, tapestry, camel load cover, coffin cloth, and trousseau cover take the visitors on a delightful journey with special motifs including ‘eli belinde,’ ‘mihrap,’ tree of life, hook, ram horn, hexagon and rhombus that have intrigued numerous researchers and scientists for centuries.

Vehbi Koç Büyükdere House is open to visitors with free entrance every day except Wednesdays from 10.00 pm to 5.00 pm.

Address:
Büyükdere Mah. No.109 Piyasa Cad. 34453 Sarıyer-Istanbul