ELGİZ MUSEUM, ISTANBUL
Opened in 2001, the Elgiz Museum is the first non-profit, private collection museum in Istanbul. Founders Drs. Can and Sevda Elgiz are among Turkey’s most prolific art collectors
The Elgiz Family have a rule for their collection; all the acquired artworks are first welcomed at their house before being transported to the museum or to other exhibitions.
The museum also has a special portfolios section in their library where artists are encouraged to leave a copy of their works to be archived. You can find and browse many reference books, catalogues, archival auction catalogues and artist books here from around the world.
The Elgiz Museum is a hidden gem of Istanbul’s art scene and for 17 years has carried the legacy of contemporary art and its cultural reflections.
Keen supporters of Turkish artists, performance art and sculpture, as well as contemporary art on a global scale, Can and Sevda Elgiz have been collecting art since the early 1980s. They decided to turn their eclectic collection into a museum, where many contemporary exhibitions are now held, with the desire to support emerging artists.
In 2012 the museum opened up their rooftop area for large scale works and 186 artists have been exhibited here since then. Surrounded by the skyscrapers of the business district of Istanbul, the sculptures have a changing background each year as this area rapidly develops. Artists are chosen through an ‘open call’ selection process to be exhibited here and it has become a much desired space. On the roof terrace this summer you will find the exhibition Homage to Masters of Sculpture which runs until 28 October and will be on view during the 15th Istanbul Biennial. The museum will also be participating in the Biennial with a collaboration project on the island of Lesvos which runs until 12 November.
Interior of the Museum with painting by David Salle (right), Liam Gillick (sculpture, middle), & Gilbert & George (in background)
The entrance to the museum with Ewerdt Hilgeman, 2001
Lo tk a Vo lte rra by EmreOzcaylan
Keen collectors: Can and Sevda Elgiz with painting by Abdurrahman Őztoprak