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"Genghis Khan and his Heirs - The Great Mongolian Empire"
Sabancı University's Sakıp Sabancı Museum will be hosting the "Genghis Khan and his Heirs - The Great Mongolian Empire" exhibition between December 7, 2006 and April 8, 2007. The exhibition, jointly organized by the Kunst und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland-Bonn, the Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde-Munich, the Kunsthistorisches Museum-Vienna, the federal state of lower Austria, the BMBWK and Sabancı University's Sakıp Sabancı Museum and sponsored by Garanti Bank, will bring together 600 pieces, some of which will be seen by the public for the first time, from major museums in Europe, Mongolia and Turkey. In conjunction with the exhibition there will be a programme of lectures, gallery talks, and workshops for children and adults.
About Genghis Khan
This year marks the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Great Mongol Empire, the largest and most powerful that history has ever known. Forged by nomadic people, within a century this world empire had expanded to stretch from the shores of the Pacific Ocean, across the steppe lands of Iran and Russia to the plains of Hungary. Not all these qualities can be attributed to a single man, the empire's founder Ghengiz Khan. Nevertheless, it was he who created the first sparks of this fire that began on the steppes of Central Asia at the beginning of the 13th century and blazed across the greater part of the world. His successors developed the state-building project whose outlines he had drawn, and extended it to the farflung corners of the world. The Great Mongol Empire enjoyed its golden age in the 13th and 14th centuries, as it spread from the Pacific seaboard to Central Europe, leaving lasting traces on every people and culture with which it came in contact. The Mongols were not only outstanding warriors, but superb administrators of the lands and peoples they ruled. An efficient system of government, measures to encourage trade, an advanced communications and transportion system, and cultural and religious tolerance were the building stones of the Pax Mongolica. The extensive commerce and exchange of thought and culture between Asia and Europe that resulted continued until the 16th century.