See you in spring!

Evliyagil Museum is getting ready to open its doors again in spring. 

Evliyagil Museum will be closed between March 21th. 

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

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.