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

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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

Mah­mut Ay­din,

Lo tk a Vo lte rra by Em­reOz­cay­lan

Keen col­lec­tors: Can and Sevda El­giz with paint­ing by Ab­dur­rah­man Őz­to­prak

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