Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art

About the Museum


Interior gallery with works by David Salle, Gilbert & George, Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman and Paul McCarthy

Interior, Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art

Interior gallery with works by David Salle, Gilbert & George, Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman and Paul McCarthy
Courtesy Elgiz Museum. Photo: Kayhan Kaygusuz

Interior gallery with works by David Salle, Gilbert & George, Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman and Paul McCarthy

Exterior View, Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art
Courtesy Elgiz Museum. Photo: Kayhan Kaygusuz

Exterior View, Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum Terrace, Homage to Masters of Sculpture
Interior gallery with works by Markus Oehlen, Jonathan Meesse and Elke Krystufek
Courtesy Elgiz Museum. Photo: Kayhan Kaygusuz

Interior gallery with works by Markus Oehlen, Jonathan Meesse and Elke Krystufek

Interior gallery with works by Liam Gillick, David Salle, Gilbert & George and Julian Schnabel
Courtesy Elgiz Museum. Photo: Kayhan Kaygusuz

Interior gallery with works by Liam Gillick, David Salle, Gilbert & George and Julian Schnabel

The Elgiz Museum was founded by collectors Sevda and Can Elgiz as the first contemporary art museum in Turkey in 2001. As public contemporary art museums and/or foundations did not exist, this privately-owned, non-profit institution took on the mission to support the development of contemporary art with an international identity in a 2000 m² space open to the public.

Formerly known as Proje4L, the space functioned as an experimental platform for young, up-and-coming artists and curators. Continuing this mission, the Elgiz Museum houses the family’s collection and hosts dynamic, avantgarde, temporary exhibitions, and educational programmes.

This private collection museum is situated amongst the highrise buildings of Istanbul’s business district Maslak, within which its open-air terrace provides an exhibition platform for sculptors and land-art projects. In 2013, the IFEMA Amigos de ARCO Madrid presented the Elgiz Collection with the International Collecting Award and in 2014, the Elgiz Museum was awarded with Turkey’s Contemporary Arts Foundation Honour Award, especially made by the sculptor Mehmet Aksoy. As of 2015, the Elgiz Museum is a founding member of the Global Private Museum Network and a member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM).

Collection Highlights


Barbara Kruger

Fate

Erwin Wurm

Big Coat (ed. of 3)

Gilbert & George

Twenty-Three Haunts

Stephan Balkenhol

Big Man

Julian Schnabel

Harold's Always Saying Goodbye 4
Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art: Collection Highlights

Barbara Kruger

Fate, 2001
digital photograph, 219 cm x 128 cm
Courtesy Elgiz Museum. Photo: Kayhan Kaygusuz

Erwin Wurm

Big Coat (ed. of 3), 2010
aluminium paint, 224 cm x 81 cm x 64 cm
Courtesy Elgiz Museum. Photo: Kayhan Kaygusuz

Gilbert & George

Twenty-Three Haunts, 2003
mixed media, 282 cm x 504 cm
Courtesy Elgiz Museum. Photo: Kayhan Kaygusuz

Stephan Balkenhol

Big Man, 2002
painted wood, 307 cm x 101 cm x 59 cm
Courtesy Elgiz Museum. Photo: Kayhan Kaygusuz

Julian Schnabel

Harold's Always Saying Goodbye 4, 1998
oil paint, spray paint and resin on canvas, 201 cm x 170 cm
Courtesy Elgiz Museum. Photo: Kayhan Kaygusuz

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