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The Elgiz Museum II

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The Elgiz Museum II

Since the early 1980s, Sevda and Can Elgiz have been aware of the worth of collecting contemporary art, long before it had fully entered the spotlight of Turkeys art scene.

What started of as a collection focusing on Turkish artists, by the end of the 1990s the Elgiz family had begun to acquire some of the biggest names on the international contemporary art market. Knocking down walls of their own home to make space for their rapidly growing collection, the Elgiz Museum, it was clear to Sevda and Can that this was the art journey they were meant to be on.

Opening its doors in 2001, Istanbul’s private Elgiz Museum is regarded as one of the first institutions for contemporary art in Turkey, boasting international names such as Tracey Emin and Barbara Kruger as well as influential Turkish artists such as Ömer Uluç and Güngör Taner. In addition to their exhibition program, the Elgiz Museum continues to support the artists in the collection, as well as making entrance to the museum free of charge as a statement of “social responsibility”.

In their second Online Exhibition on Independent Collectors, the Elgiz Museum presents a selection of works from the private collection that merge together some of the most influential female artists with strong statements together such as Barbara Kruger’s “Fate”, Azade Köker’s “With Garter” and Jan Fabre’s jewelled dress to name a few.

RAHMI AKSUNGUR, FA II, 2014
RAHMI AKSUNGUR, FA II, 2014
LIAM GILLICK, End of Production, 2004
LIAM GILLICK, End of Production, 2004
MARIANNE VITALE, Common Crossing (DC3), 2014
MARIANNE VITALE, Common Crossing (DC3), 2014
MERIÇ HIZAL, Anatolian Dinner Table II, 2004
MERIÇ HIZAL, Anatolian Dinner Table II, 2004
BARBARA KRUGER, Fate, 2001
BARBARA KRUGER, Fate, 2001
STEPHAN BALKENHOL, Big Man, 2002
STEPHAN BALKENHOL, Big Man, 2002
BJARNE MELGAARD, Untitled (purple abstract), 2006
BJARNE MELGAARD, Untitled (purple abstract), 2006
AZADE KÖKER, With Garter, 2006
AZADE KÖKER, With Garter, 2006
ISKENDER YEDILER, Plant, 2002
ISKENDER YEDILER, Plant, 2002
HANDE ŞEKERCILER, Alice, 2011
HANDE ŞEKERCILER, Alice, 2011
NURETTIN BEKTAŞ, Ask, 2012
NURETTIN BEKTAŞ, Ask, 2012
ERWIN WURM, Big Coat, 2010. Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong
ERWIN WURM, Big Coat, 2010. Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong
The Elgiz Museum in Istanbul, Turkey
The Elgiz Museum in Istanbul, Turkey

Read an interview with Sevda Elgiz here.

The Elgiz Museum is included in the Art Guide.