The Anakara exhibition gathers artworks selected from the Sarp Evliyagil Collection under three sections. These sections, placed on the three floors of the museum space, are based on the birthdates of the artists. Our aim is to draw attention to different generations of artists in Turkey, and the unifying thoughts and language within these generations as well as the solitude, independent expressions and original language not attributable to any floor, generation or section. Every generation represented in this exhibition is accompanied by short excepts from three more-or-less contemporaneous authors. It is no coincidence that these literary texts are all based on Ankara.

Anakara is more than just these generations, it is also an invitation to think about the borders between different currents and spaces. The exhibition aims to create the space for distinguishing the commonalities and differences we have underlined or omitted between art and politics, paint and mud, romanticism and surrealism. It is an opportunity to step onto a piece of land and fix our eyes on the horizon; a call for viewers to accompany a collector who has set his sights on the oceans in his adventure to discover new continents.

Anakara is a first exhibition; it may echo down the aged, split the ground with earthquakes, divide into many islands or merge with other landmasses.

The 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.

The 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.

The 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.

The 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

Turgut Özal Bulvarı 

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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