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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Skin and Soul
A Selection from Museum Evliyagil & PAPKO Collections


Evliyagil Dolapere is preparing to host the Skin and Soul exhibition, curated by Beral Madra, between 15.09.-31.12.2022. Bringing together the works of 15 artists born in the 1980’s and 1990’s, selected from the Evliyagil Museum and PAPKO collections in Turkey, the exhibition focuses on body image by considering Contemporary Art in the axis of both collections. Established in parallel with the exhibition Art is the Highest Form of Hope, which will be opened at the Evliyagil Museum Ankara in October 2022, the Skin and Soul exhibition is completed by focusing on the productions of the younger generation at Evliyagil Dolapdere.

Skin and Soul exhibition can be seen at Evliyagil Dolapdere from Thursday to Sunday between 15.09.-31.12.2022.

Curator: Beral Madra

Artists: Alpin Arda Bağcık, Bahar Oganer, Burak Dak, Deniz Aktaş, Eda Gecikmez, Gözde İlkin, Gülşah Bayraktar, Mustafa Karasu & Şerif Karasu, Sadık Arı, Tarık Töre, Ümmühan Yörük, Yaşam Şaşmazer, Yuşa Yalçıntaş


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Extended Present Tense


ArtOda, where short-term exhibitions and projects are carried out within the body of Ankara Evliyagil Museum, has completed the fourth of the Alfa open call, which we hope will continue every year. This year, the first solo exhibition of Müge İrem Beyazıt & Ekin Ünal, the formation of the artist duo _sojörn, determined by the Alfa 2022 jury, opens on Saturday, October 15, at 17.00. The exhibition can be visited at the Evliyagil ArtOda, from Thursday to Sunday, between 11:00 and 17:00, until 31 December 2022.

Ankara-based artist duo _sojörn consists of Müge İrem Beyazıt and Ekin Ünal. The duo of artists, designers and architects, who started production together in 2019 after meeting during their collaborative art practices and works, blends their joint production with spaces, encounters and materials. It mainly consists of objects, plates and scraps made of plastic waste, which are the main materials of their manufacture.

ALFA 22 Jury

Ahu Antmen, Akademisyen
Ari Meşulam, Koleksiyoner
Ezgi Yıldız, Galeri Direktörü & Küratör
Mehtap Baydu, Sanatçı
Ümmühan Yörük, Akademisyen, Sanatçı

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:
Thursday to Sunday
11.00 - 17.00

Admission is free.

Media Sponsor

Evliyagil Dolapdere

Serdar Ömer Paşa Caddesi No: 11
Beyoğlu / İstanbul

Visiting days and hours:
Thursday to Sunday
11.00 - 17.00

Admission is free.