20 June-20 October 2018
Curated by Haldun Dostoğlu, the “EARTH” exhibition brings Alev Ebüzziya’s modern ceramic forms and the traditional production together under the same roof, with the aim of sharing the magic of this synergy with the viewers. The exhibition aims to write the thousands of years old story of the struggle to beat the land of this region.The artworks of Ebüzziya were gathered from the Kemal Servi collection and the traditional pottery comes from the collections of Baksı Museum and Hüsamettin Koçan. Just like Servi who has been collecting the Ebüzziya’s works from all periods since 2001, Koçan’s passion towards the local, craftsman and traditional objects that brought this collection together has been the main source of inspiration for this exhibition. In addition to Ebüzziya’s works and local pottery, a video art by Ali Kazma entitled “Studio Ceramist” which was filmed in the artist’s studio, will also be displayed at the exhibition “EARTH”.
First my father's brother left, then others, and then my father followed the road of leaving. He told me that he spent many days traveling with horses; I learned from him the stories of Çetinkaya - Erzincan railway passengers. And since this journey has begun, this day never ends. That's why I had my memories of leaving the most, in my seventy-one years of life. Perhaps for this reason; I chose a childhood memory, the story of a thorn that sinks on my feet, itches, then leaves me as a title for my exhibit.
Baksı Museum started as a dream 10 years ago. From the outset, the museum was founded on a character based on participation and co-operation. The museum, which always emphasizes connection with the people living in the region, has united the local arts in their own fields and has developed projects together with the people of the region. The "ON" exhibition brings together contemporary Turkish artists, local art works and historical and ethnographically important works and presents a selection of the museum's collection. Due to the pluralistic character of the Baksı Museum, the "ON" exhibition was formed by a curatorial strategy linking art and craft works to reveal the multi-layered character of the collection. The exhibition ignores historical and contemporary differences with the traditional hierarchy between high art and folk art, plastic arts and handicrafts. Thus, visitors of the exhibition have a chance to look at our world from different ways and angles.
Sculptured roads are always perceived as the main arteries of the cities with a habit coming from antiquity and leading people to the center. The center of the city displays the values the community; monuments of heroes, artists or philosophers, administrative buildings of the city, temples, museums, theaters and so on, these always takes place in centers where these sculptured roads lead to. Although the sculptured roads have undertaken the function of transporting people to the center, these roads themselves are at least as valuable as the center. Because all the city planners, artists, designers and even managers of the city have tried to make this way the same as the ones in the center and establish a sense of meaning with them. So, centuries later, when we look at those ancient cities today, we view the values in the center and the sculpted roads with the same level of admiration. What influences us is that after so much time, an aesthetic harmony can be caught between what is considered important at that time and the way in which the value given to them is expressed. Baksı Museum also deserved to exhibit the famous Catalan artist Joan Miro's sculpture "Femme aux Beaux Seins" for one year due to winning the 2014 Council of Europe Museum Prize. And during this time the Baksi Museum set Miro in the center and built a metaphorical sculpture road with an exhibition created around it.
"Distance and Contact" consists of four main sections. The exhibit’s design department Faruk Malhan, the fashion department Arzu Kaprol, the food culture department Engin Akın and the art department were prepared by Fırat Arapoğlu, Mürteza Fidan and Kurucu Koçanoğlu, who also determined the general frame of the exhibition. Ayşegül Sönmez, Emre Zeytinoğlu and Hüsamettin Koçan undertook activity consultancy for the project. "Distance and Contact" aims to transform the distance created by migrants living in major cities and the resulting cultural breaks into an encounter. The theme of this project is to bring local and contemporary know-how together and to renew and replicate production and employment opportunities for the region. In all this, the goal is to revive the production and employment opportunities in Bayburt's villages and towns, to revitalize the lost professions like weaving and carpentry. The exhibition aims to support the creative and productive aspects of the women in the region in particular.
In the opening exhibition held in 2010, Ali Kazma, Alp Sime, Aslımay Altay, Ayşen Urfalıoğlu, Aziz Sarıyer, Beril Anılanmert, Burak Bedenlier, Esma Paçal Turam, Gülay Semercioğlu, Güler Güngör, Hüsamettin Koçan, Kurucu Koçanoğlu, Murat Morova, Mürteza Fidan , Nermin Er, Ramazan Bayrakoğlu, Suzi Hug Levi, Şakir Gökçebağ, Tuğrul Selçuk and Zafer Mintaş were involved with their work in today’s art section. These artists started with 'tradition and art' phonemenon and realized their works in a wide range of works such as painting, sculpture, video, installation. The clothes designed by Özlem Süer from Ehram Fabric in "Asma Kat Gallery" were exhibited under the name "Associations 9".
March 16 - April 3, 2004
The "Shaman’s Diary" exhibition, which took place with the participation of 123 artists from different generations, is at the forefront of artist events that have made a significant contribution to the establishment of the Baksı Museum. The first believers and supporters of the Baksı Museum project were artists. The difficulties encountered during the construction of the museum were overcome with the support of artists. When the facilities were exhausted, the artists were not willing to delay the museum and every time they said, "We too are here." The "Shaman’s Diary" exhibition was born like this ... The exhibition brought new proposals about the region as well as the charming existence of art and artists.
December 14 - January 7, 2003
The "Charmed Hands 2" exhibition, organized with the participation of leading artists of contemporary Turkish painting, is a special collection of original print works produced for the purpose of contributing to the establishment of Baksı Museum complex. With the contribution of 19 artists, the original prints produced in 41 series in two series provide both a collection and a meaningful contribution to the art lovers who acquire this collection.
The Baksı Museum, which started its preparations in 2000, was publicized in Bilgi University's Art Space Information Workshop 111 in 2002. Hüsamettin Koçan's "Charmed Hands” files, which consisted of original prints, were intended to contribute to the museum.