“A Selection From The Elgiz Collection” is on view in the museum’s Permanent Exhibition Area.

The Elgiz Collection has been evolving since the 1980s. The collection has an eclectic character of conceptual and formal variety that spans the last thirty years of developments in contemporary art, holding a variety of styles, materials and forms.

“Without regard for the nationality or cultural background of the artists, but simply taking note of the impact of a work had on them, from the very outset the Elgizes developed a collection of ‘international’ character and thereby shaped an identity. At heart, every private collection emphasises a kind of discovery of the world, a personal excitement in the collector’s eyes to venture out on a range of voyages.” – Dr. Necmi Sönmez, “Crises and Triumphs of Contemporary Art”, Elgiz10, 2011

Turkish and international masters, and young artists’ works are on view in the Permanent Exhibition. “Must-see” works include: Gilbert & George, Cindy Sherman, Abdurrahman Öztoprak, Barbara Kruger, Tracey Emin, Jan Fabre, Hiroshi Sugito, Bjarne Melgaard, Murat Pulat, Tony Cragg, Sol LeWitt, Marcus Oehlen, Yaşam Şaşmazer, Burhan Doğançay, Matthew Monahan, Azade Köker, Darren Almond, Mehmet (Dennis) Gün, Pınar Yolaçan and Danielle Buetti.

The Elgiz Collection continues to contribute to the globalisation of Turkish art with its dynamic structure, outlook and acquisition of young artists’ works.  

Azade Köker, Exploded Still-Life, 2010, Mixed technique, video installation, 270 x 348 cm, Acquisition Date: 2010

Abdurrahman Öztoprak, Painting 443, Mixed media on canvas, 240 x 240 cm. Acquisition Date: 2006

Jonathan Meese, Yellow Baron (Reddish), 2004-5, Oil on canvas, 210 x 420 cm. Acquisition Date: 2005

Tracey Emin, Sometimes, 2004, Photograph, 123 x 100 cm, Acqusition Date: 2004

Stephan Balkenhol, Big Man, 2012, Painted wood, 307 x 101 x 59 cm. Acqusition Date: 2012

Mehmet (Dennis) Gun, Last Breakfast, 2010, C-Photograph, 157 x 200 cm. Acqusition Date: 2011

Friederike Feldmann, Ten Years Later nr:10, 2004, Acrylic and silicon on canvas, 240 x 170 cm. Acquisition Date: 2004