Neighbour Event of the
15th Istanbul Biennial

The Evliyagil Museum, the first privately held museum of modern art of Ankara, host its first comprehensive exhibition after its opening exhibition. Home that is a neighbour event of the 15th Istanbul Biennial and curated by Derya Yücel, is getting ready to share works of 38 artists with art-lovers, under the roof of the Evliyagil Museum. 

Home, besides being a unifying power for the concepts of memory, self, individual, family, identity, enables a research towards multilayered meanings such as neighbor, neighborhood, city, society, environment, space, belonging, geography in the scope of the dialectics of inside and outside. For artists, home presents a diagram to guide their thoughts, memories and dreams. Home reinterprets works of artists from different generations and artistic practices, around the concept of home. The curatorial framework of the exhibition is based on a synthesis that explores intersection of art and artistic production practices beyond their diversity, common expressions of the image beyond its uniqueness based on interpretation, formal dialogues beyond multilayer of conceptual contents. 

Home is formed under the dynamic hosting of the Evliyagil Museum, allowing a collection to be variable, open to possibilities and multiple syntheses; with the involvement of visiting non-collection works.

Home brings together works of Eşref Üren, Yüksel Arslan, Komet, Can Akgümüş, Canan Tolon, Necla Rüzgar, Gözde İlkin, Fırat Engin and Yuşa Yalçıntaş from the museum collection with works of Ahmet Doğu İpek, Ahmet Duru, Berat Işık, Berkay Yahya, Can İncekara, Cemre Yeşil, Cengiz Tekin, Çağrı Saray, Deniz Gül, Erdağ Aksel, Erdal Duman, Erinç Seymen, Erol Eskici, Ferhat Özgür, Hale Tenger, Hakan Gürsoytrak, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, İpek Duben, İnci Furni, İrfan Önürmen, Leyla Gediz, Nezaket Ekici, Nil Yalter, Nuri Kuzucan, Romina Meriç, Şifa Girinci, Onur Ceritoğlu, Yaşam Şaşmazer and Yunus Emre Erdoğan. 

Home can be viewed at the Evliyagil Museum between September 9, 2017-February 4, 2018.

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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