08.06. - 11.06.2023

Kovan’s artistic practice is based on ecology, which supported by the CultureCIVIC Artistic Production Fund. At the same time it was born in Şırnak and Tekirdağ and it keeps growing.

Although we are in different circumstances, our connections to the world are very similar. Like all other creatures living in our regions, the connection between bees and the world changes according to geographical conditions and climates. In all these variables, we observe that every structure in nature has an impact on another.

Throughout its entire process, Kovan has created itself by experiencing the nature and bee colony with its real and metaphorical meanings instead of just feeding from it. Beekeepers describe geography, sculptures co-existing with bees, and maps stand at the intersection between personal experiences and geographies. Today, like non-human creatures, bees need human protection, again for human reasons. With this information, Kovan followed the life cycle of the hive and bee colony and took care of their needs. Today, while the world is in an irreversible collapse, it will continue to argue that nature is no longer a place to be fed and inspired.We must cooperate with nature.

Beyza Durhan & Aslıhan Mumcu

ArtOda, where temporary projects and exhibitions take place within the body of the Museum Evliyagil, hosts the Kovan project, the project exhibition of Aslıhan Mumcu and Beyza Durhan. The exhibition can be visited between 08.06.2023 - 11.06.2023.

“This journey includes, the form of geography, the nourishment of the soil, the memory of the seed, the root of the plant, the pollen of the flower, the humidity of the air, the passing of the season, the flow of water, itself.”

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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