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Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul, TurkeyThis year’s International Collecting Award goes to an institution from Turkey AIFEMA Amigos de ARCO is presenting the Elgiz Collection with the International Collecting Award this year. In 2001, collectors Sevda and Can Elgiz transformed their passion for collecting into a social responsibility project with the mission to provide support for and international visibility to Turkish art. Now in its 12th year, the non-profit institution known as “Proje4L/Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art” is honoured to receive this award. Given the family’s devotion and contribution, this award is being granted to an institution from Turkey and is sure to create a momentum in the country’s developments in art. The award ceremony will take place at the ARCO Madrid fair on Wednesday, February 13.

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22 January – 3 May 2013TEMPORARY EXHIBITION AREA: A new selection curated by Billur Tansel is on display, which concentrates around the theme of “Alienation/Estrangement”. These prominent terms that have gained significance in the sociological, conceptual, psychological, political and philosophical sense, in and after the twentieth century.With the development of science and critical thinking, the ability to believe in a transcendant basis for values and beliefs was lost and the latter was caused by a separation, disruption and fragmentation of things that until then seemed to properly belong together.In a system, where beliefs and values are in a total flux, a process of alienation/ estrangement proves to be unavoidable . And we, as the human beings, have to be a part of this change, or we will be left out.Through the study of the selected artworks made of various materials, the viewer is invited into an epistemological riddle. Each artist’s work suggests an alienation process of the human mind.The artists whose works can be viewed at the exhibition are Anne Wölk, Arslan Sükan, Aslı Torcu, Azade Köker, Bedri Baykam, Bengü Karaduman, Burcu Yağcıoğlu, Burhan Doğançay, Daniele Buetti, Danielle Kwaaital, Donald Baechler, Doug Aitken, Erdoğan Zümrütoğlu, Fausto Gilberti, Günther Förg, Hakan Onur, Hale Tenger, Hande Şekerciler, İhsan Oturmak, Jack Vanarsky, Johannes Wohnseifer, Kezban Arca Batıbeki, Loris Cecchini, Murat Germen, Mustafa Kula, Mustafa Pancar, Özlem Günyol, Paul Hodgson, Pınar Yolaçan, Piero Gilardi, Pieter Ombregt, Robert Gligorov, Roger Weik, Roman Lipski, Şenol Yorozlu, Şükran Moral, Volkan Diyaroğlu, Xavier Veilhan, Yaşam Şaşmazer and two contributing artists Orhun Erdenli and Yüce Karacagil. http://www.facebook.com/events/588904341125715/