The State Art and Sculpture Museum
(Turkish: Ankara Resim ve Heykel Müzesi) was built in 1927 by
architect Arif Hikmet Koyunoğlu on the direction of Atatürk in
Ankara, Turkey. It is close to the Ethnography Museum and houses a
rich collection of Turkish art from the late 19th century to the
present day. There are also galleries for guest exhibitions.
The Museum was reopened after
restoration of the building in 1980.
Today the museum, is a center of art at which the most outstanding
works of the artists who played important roles in the development
of Turkish Painting and Sculpture Arts, which have only a very
rather short history compared to more traditional branches of arts,
are exhibited. In addition to the collections of art works
reflecting to formation and the development periods of Turkish
Plastic Arts, and its classification, and to the library of Plastic
Arts which fills the gap in this field, enriched every year by the
donations of publishings, domestic or foreign, and a Foreign
Embassies, or by new purchases, The Archives of Turkish Artists
satisfactorily respond to the needs of researchers working in these
The protection of the works of Arts which is one of the most
important responsibilities of the museum beside training, is done by
employing a method particularly developed to ensure the most
satisfactory results when dealing with the problems arising from
temperature, humidity and sorting difficulties. Any damage due to
aging which may occur in spite of all protection measured are
restored by experts in the special unit which has been set up as a
separate division within the Museum.
During the restoration of the building in 1980, and in following
years, another important point on which considerable stress was laid
is the construction of workshops of painting, sculpture and
ceramics, which serve artists, both amateur and professional.
As for the security measures, whole building is furnished with
closed-circuit TV, ultrasonic and firealarm systems so as to be able
to control every part of the museum.
In addition to be workshop at which painting and original printing
courses that are demanded by the public beyond the capacity of the
museum, special workshops for Turkish Ornamenting Arts, ceramic, and
sculpture will be opened in short period of time.
Exhibitions of painting, sculpture, ceramic, printing arts and
photograph programmed to take place in Turkey within the framework
of international cultural agreements, are exhibited in the three
galleries reserved for periodical exhibitions; this, the art works
of foreign countries are made known to Turkish Public. In addition,
exhibitions of Turkish artworks selected from the collection of the
Museum, are organized in Foreign Countries, within the framework of
International cultural agreements. Besides these exhibitions,
retrospective exhibitions organized by the General Directorate of
Fine Arts; individual exhibitions and competitive exhibitions are
among the other activities of the Museum.
In the historical hall which has been transformed to its original
design during the restorations, different kinds of activities such
as concerts, theatrical performances and movie projections take
Serving to public with its modern cafeteria, sales outlet and audio
system the institution goes beyond an exhibition place for old
artwork; comprising all attributes of modern Museums of Arts.
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