Hundred Years/Faces:
Precedents and Successors

28.10.2023 - 10.07.2024

Evliyagil Museum Collection includes artworks from a period of approximately 70 years, most of which extend from the 1950s to the present. The collection, which consists of works by artists who produced in the changing technical and narrative languages of modern/contemporary art such as painting, sculpture, pattern/drawing, print, installation, and video, makes the major trends and debates in Turkish art visible. The line of the collection extends to the 2000s and consists of artists whose birth was in the Ottoman Empire and the Republic Period, youth in World War II, adulthood in the libertarian period of the post-war era and a younger generation of artists who produce works today. In the exhibition, 87 works of 38 artists  from the museum collection were brought together, side by side, mixed, without considering any chronology.

Zeynep Yasa-Yaman

Abidin Dino, Adnan Çoker, Altan Gürman, Avni Arbaş, Bedri Baykam, Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu, Burhan Doğançay, Canan Tolon, Ercan Akın, Ergin İnan, Erol Akyavaş, Eşref Üren, Ferruh Başağa, Gülsün Karamustafa, Gülşah Bayraktar, Hakkı Anlı, Haluk Akakçe, İbrahim Balaban, İhsan Oturmak, İnci Eviner, Kemal Önsoy, Komet, Lütfü Günay, Mehmet Güleryüz, Mehtap Baydu, Mithat Şen, Murat Akagündüz, Murat Germen, Mustafa Ata, Mübin Orhon, Nejad Devrim, Osman Dinç, Ömer Uluç, Selim Turan, Semiha Berksoy, Seyhun Topuz, TUNCA, Utku Varlık, Yüksel Arslan.

Art is the Highest Form of Hope*
A Selection from Evliyagil Museum & PAPKO Collections

*Gerhard Richter

Evliyagil Museum is preparing to host the exhibition Art is the Highest Form of Hope, curated by Beral Madra, between 15.10.2022 and 16.07.2023. The exhibition, which brings together the works of 49 artists selected from the Museum Evliyagil and PAPKO collections in Turkey, focuses on the concepts of urban, body and image by considering Modern and Contemporary Art produced in this geography in the axis of both collections.

Art is the Highest Form of Hope exhibition can be seen at the Evliyagil Museum from Thursday to Sunday between 15.10.2022 and 16.07.2023.






*Gerhard Richter, Text Writings, Interviews and Letters 1961-2007 Thames & Hudson, 2009, p.121

Curator: Beral Madra

Artists: Adnan Çoker, Ahmet Doğu İpek, Alaettin Aksoy, Ali Elmacı, Altan Gürman, ANSEN, Ardan Özmenoğlu, Avni Arbaş, Bedri Baykam, Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu, Burcu Perçin, Burhan Doğançay, Can Akgümüş, Deniz Aktaş, Eren Eyüboğlu, Erol Akyavaş, F. Murat İrtem, Fahrelnissa Zeid, Feyhaman Duran, Fikret Mualla, Fırat Engin, Gülşah Bayraktar, Gülsün Karamustafa, Günnur Özsoy, Hakkı Anlı, İbrahim Balaban, İnci Eviner, Kemal Seyhan, Komet, Mehmet Güleryüz, Mithat Şen, Mübin Orhon, Murat Akagündüz, Murat Germen, Murat Morova, Mustafa Horasan, Nejad Melih Devrim, Nejat Satı, Neş’e Erdok, Ömer Uluç, Osman Dinç, Roland Topor, Seçkin Pirim, Selim Cebeci, Selim Turan, Selma Gürbüz, SENA, Seyhun Topuz, TUNCA, Yüksel Arslan, Yuşa Yalçıntaş


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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

Evliyagil Museum

Şevket Evliyagil Sokak No: 1
İncek / Ankara / Turkey

t +90 312 460 11 06

Visiting days and hours:
Friday to Sunday
11.00 - 17.00

Admission is free.

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