The artistic production of Hüseyin Avni Lifij (1886-1927), who occupies a unique position in the history of Turkish painting, was exhibited at Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM) between the dates of October 15, 2019 and January 12, 2020. Making its debut with a comprehensive collection for the first time in Turkey, “Avni Lifij. The Modern of His Time” exhibition reached an attendance of 60.000 visitors. The exhibition consisted of a selection of approximately 1.000 pieces of artist’s works, covering a wide range of genres such as self-portraits, pochades, landscapes and compositions with figures as well as his articles on politics and culture, art criticism and photographs. In addition to the artworks collected from the public institutions and other collectors, Aksoy Holding also gave support to “Avni Lifij. The Modern of His Time” exhibition by landing more than 500 artworks from the family collection.
Restoration, preservation and the exhibition processes of more than 500 oil and charcoal artworks created by Hüseyin Avni Lifij, a valuable Turkish painter of the II. Constitutional Period are managed by Aksoy Holding. Artworks are sent to various exhibitions at domestic and foreign museums.
Aksoy Holding continued its cultural and artistic support with the sponsorship of Contemporary Istanbul in 2017. The opening of the “Reconstruct” exhibition, which consists of 75 works inspired by the sustainability, architecture and landscaping of Epique Island project, took place in a private night in the Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus, the accommodation sponsor of Contemporary Istanbul 2017.
Our support for culture & arts which we regard as one of the most important values of Turkey; continues with supporting a documentary series created by the first Turkish biologist, ecologist and ornithologist Çağan Şekercioğlu, about his work on the ravishing mammals in Kars is the first documentary featured by the BBC in Turkey. Şekercioğlu has been active in promoting both black bears and Turkey’s first ‘Wild Life Corridor’ project to the world which is the first natural life documentary of the National Geographic Channel in Turkey.
With the aim of increasing awareness and efficiency of locals and private sector in the developing world, which are engaged in the proliferation of community-based nature conservation and in the conservation of biodiversity, we believe that this project will be a great contribution to our country in terms of protection and sustainability of local wildlife.
Turcas sponsors the Çatalhöyük excavations, which are among the world’s most closely-watched archaeological excavations. Çatalhöyük, a UNESCO World Heritage site, hosts nearly 150 archaeologists from across the world every year led by Professor Ian Hodder of Stanford University. In addition to its support for the excavation efforts, Shell & Turcas has also created awareness among children on protecting their country’s heritage through Çatalhöyük Archaeology Summer Workshops, which the company has organized since 2003. Nearly 7,000 students have participated in the Çatalhöyük Archaeology Summer Workshops to date.