Crystal Chateau

11.06. - 22.11.2020

Evliyagil Museum is now preparing the exhibition Crystal Chateau, curated by Can Akgümüş. The exhibition is getting ready to share works of 58 artists around the concept of memory with art-lovers, under the roof of the Evliyagil Museum. 

Artists Alper Aydın, Ayça Telgeren, Aykut Öz, Bahar Yürükoğlu, Barış Sarıbaş, Bedri Baykam, Begüm Yamanlar, Bengü Karaduman, Bestami Gerekli, Burcu Perçin, Burcu Yağcıoğlu, Can Akgümüş, Can Aytekin, Can Küçük, Çınar Eslek, Deniz Aktaş, Eda Aslan, Ege Kanar, Emre Yenisoy, Erdal Duman, Erol Akyavaş, Erol Eskici, Fırat Engin, Görkem Ergün, Gülhatun Yıldırım, Haluk Akakçe, Hermann Nitsch, İbrahim Karakütük, İhsan Oturmak, Kazım Şimşek, Mehtap Baydu, Metehan Özcan, Metehan Törer, Murat Morova, Nazlı Gürlek, Necla Rüzgar, Nejad Devrim, Osman Dinç, Onur İzci, Ömer Faruk Şimşek, Özlem Günyol & Mustafa Kunt, Pierre Alechinsky, Roland Topor, Sebahattin Yüce, Selim Cebeci, Semiha Berksoy, SENA, Sevil Tunaboylu, Seza Paker, Şant Mengücek, Tansel Türkdoğan, Tanzer Arığ, Tarık Töre, Ümmühan Yörük, Yüksel Arslan, Zeren Göktan, Zeynep Kayan

The word “şato” (chateau) is the name given to the grand and secure buildings that a feudal lord lives during the Middle Ages in Europe and it is borrowed from the French language. In the exhibition, the concept of chateau represents a memory. While it metaphorically represents the feudal lordship of the human mind it also represents an elegant and fragile structure as opposed to strong images such as walls, ditches, and towers since it is made of glass. In this sense, as long as it is treated with care, it can be preserved. The exhibition focuses on “memory” by grounding it on gothic art movement –literature, architecture, and visual arts- and brings the artwork in the exhibition together under 6 different titles, which is similar to memory’s structure and way of working. On this platform created for Crystal Chateau exhibition, the term “memory” is gathered together by artists from different generations and disciplines with their product both in Evliyagil Museum Collection and out of the collection.

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11.06. - 06.09.2020

Evliyagil Museum is preparing to host the Road exhibition, which is the project of two young curators, in ArtOda, where short-term exhibitions and projects take place. Within the scope of activities of "Future Perfect: Contemporary Art from Germany" that was organized with the cooperation of ifa an Goethe-Institut, Road; the joint project of Songül Dalgakıran and Tibet Tüzüntürk, who attended Curatorial Workshop with Derya Yücel, comes to life in ArtOda.

The exhibition handles the notion of no-place and concept of uncanniness through 9 different artist’s work. According to Dalgakıran and Tüzüntürk the evolution of a place cannot end completely and life always supports this evolution with its dynamics. However, each dynamic bears the traces of the previous process and the memory of the place persists. In this sense, roads that surround Evliyagil Museum and ArtOda carries this transformation in its memory. Roads are like hallways on the earth that forms most of the no-places. Road exhibition curated by Songül Dalgakıran and Tibet Tüzüntürk can be visited in ArtOda between 11.06.-06.09.2020.

Songül Dalgakıran
Tibet Tüzüntürk

Doğa Ezgi Ayisit
İrem Hasçiftçi
Kübra Gürleşen
Mert Acar
Ramazan Can
Özlem Can
Sıla Uğurlu
Yusuf Develioğlu
Zeynep Tunçel Kahyaoğlu

Ferah Feza*
Nilhan Sesalan

15.02. - 06.04.2020

Evliyagil Dolapdere is preparing to host Nilhan Sesalan’s solo exhibition “Ferah Feza”, curated by Beral Madra, from February 15th to April 6th, 2020. The exhibition includes Sesalan’s wide scale of production together with her brand new artworks. “Ferah Feza” will be opening on Saturday, February 15th, 2020.

*A maqam [system of melodic tunes] in Ottoman music.

Nilhan Sesalan’s work, together with the effort to perceive everything “as it is” in a layer of daily life, which gradually becomes more mediate, involves in analytical readings in a high-level layer of analysis, with references to archeology, architecture and nature. Her new exhibition “Ferah Feza”, which will soon open in Evliyagil Dolapdere, includes her late production with materials such as bronze, wood, stone and copper, and with all such references.

Sarp Evliyagil Collection

The pieces in the Sarp Evliyagil Collection were first seen in the collection exhibition “Menzil” by M1886 gallery between May 24 – August 24, 2013. As Menzil’s name suggests, it must be seen as a moment of respite in the story and evolution of Evliyagil’s own art world. The exhibition took the works in Sarp Evliyagil’s collection down from under the lights of his family house and family company and placed them outside, under the spotlight and critical views; leading to another viewing, at a remove from the personal memories they conjured up, and a weighing-up of their merits. After this stage, the journey would speed up and the paths would shorten.

Three years after Menzil, the collection, now enhanced for the opening of the Evliyagil Museum, has been collected in the form of a book independent from the museum’s first exhibition “Anakara”. This book can be seen as the second stop on the journey of the works belonging to Sarp Evliyagil, which are dotted across the world’s museums, gallery exhibitions, artistic workshops, and of course the walls of his home. All these works have been brought together in order that others can add or be added to their journey. Hence, this is just the first page of both Evliyagil’s enormous atlas of history and an endless travelogue.

Evliyagil Museum

When we consider how collectors’ works are bought from exhibitions at galleries that last a few weeks, from fairs that last a few days, or from auctions in which everything is decided in a few minutes, we may become uncomfortable at how many works are spirited away after insufficient inspection to “private” spaces.

Sarp Evliyagil wanted to open his collection to everyone wishing to see these “unseeable” works, or, in other words, to “museumize” it.

Evliyagil Museum allows this public viewing through temporary exhibitions with different focuses from works selected among hundreds collected by Chairman of the Board of Ajanstürk Sarp Evliyagil, including, due to his occupational interests, many original series of prints, plus the enormous statues which set the collection apart.

Evliyagil Museum was conceived in 2008, and from its construction in 2014-2015 in “center far from the center” İncek, it has enriched art in Ankara with a three-floor 750 m2 exhibition area, statue garden, screening room and library.

Visiting Information

Şevket Evliyagil Sokak No: 1
İncek / Ankara / Turkey

t +90 312 460 11 06

Visiting days and hours:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 
11.00 - 17.00

Admission is free.

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