press release

When “lively ones” – beings that are born and die – become the theme of an exhibition, is the “face expression” and the subject of liveliness close to reality? Is this expression exaggeratedly large? Or is it clearly smaller – in terms of its measures, which might be one of the most important components of the feeling that would like to be transmitted. Based on this thought, a selection from the collection was chosen.

The first characteristic of the most important works of art history, even if from afar, is an ability to draw in the viewer, thereby claiming an ambassadorial role. It can be said that these ambassadors charm the viewer and pull one towards them – one comes “eye to eye” with “small faces” and is inclined, if not ready, to look at “large sizes” from the lowest to the highest perspectives… As the viewer walks towards an artwork, an archive of memories opens and one begins to question the artist’s source(s) of influence, opens, or leaves open doors to new interpretations of works placed in contrasting poles.


In 2015, the Elgiz Museum presents the “MEZZANINE” as a more integrative and qualitative exhibition space, by applying light, and using the office corridors between the two separate areas to show works of specific size. Taking the “TRIANGLE” at the museum entrance and the “TERRACE” on the rooftop into account, the “MEZZANINE” is the third new space inside the museum. The “MEZZANINE” covers 160 square meters and stands as a second, independent exhibition area from the “TEMPORARY EXHIBITION SPACE” downstairs. It is open to independent, thematic exhibitions or becomes the extension of the “TEMPORARY EXHIBITION SPACE” which gives it an altogether unifying and enriching character.

1915 - 2015

The museum commemorates two pioneers of Turkish contemporary painting with their work for their centennial: Cihat Burak and Nuri İyem.

The artists whose works are shown in this exclusive exhibition are: Adnan Turani, Anne Wölk, Áron Zsolt Majoros, Aslı Torcu, Azade Köker, Bedri Baykam, Burhan Doğançay, Burhan Uygur, Cihat Burak, Çağdaş Erçelik, Ebru Alpagut, Ergin İnan, Ferhat Özgür, Habip Aydoğdu, Hakan Bakır, Hakan Gürsoytrak, Hakkı Anlı, Halil Vurucuoğlu, Hande Şekerciler, Haşim Nur Gürel, İhsan Oturmak, Jacqueline Fraser, Jacqueline Roditi, Jonathan Meese, Komet, Lea Asja Pagenkemper, Levent Morgök, Luca Zampetti, Mahmut Aydın, Mehmet Güleryüz, Melisa Mızraklı, Murat Pulat, Mustafa Ata, Nancy Atakan, Neriman Polat, Nuri İyem, Özlem Günyol, Paul Hodgson, Robert Rauschenberg, Sean Henry, Selma Gürbüz, Stephan Balkenhol, Şenol Yorozlu, Tomur Atagök, Volkan Kızıltunç, Wolfgang Petrick and Xavier Veilhan.

This exhibition is on view from January 20 - March 13, 2015.