Yapı Kredi Museum is temporarily hosting a significant portion of archaeological artifacts excavated from Alaca Höyük. The Alaca Höyük artifacts, which hold the distinction of being the first scientific excavation representing the Republic of Turkey internationally, were initiated in Çorum in 1935 under the directive of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the first archaeologist of the Turkish Republic, Remzi Oğuz Arık, and ethnologist Hâmit Zübeyr Koşay. These artifacts will be displayed together for the first time in this exhibition. Organized in collaboration with the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Yapı Kredi Culture, Arts, and Publishing, the “In Pursuit of an Ideal: Atatürk and Alaca Höyük” exhibition, prepared for the 100th anniversary of the Republic, can be visited free of charge at the Yapı Kredi Museum from October 13, 2023, to March 10, 2024.
Within the scope of the exhibition, 235 original archaeological and ethnographic artifacts from the Anatolian Civilizations Museum, Alaca Höyük Museum, Çorum Museum, and Istanbul Archaeological Museums will be presented under chronological and thematic sections at the Istanbul Yapı Kredi Museum. Some of the photographs selected from the Turkish Historical Society Archive and original drawings by Mahmut Akok will be on display for the first time in this exhibition.