Douglas L. Becker: Laureate member #BilgiUniversity must keep its art collection in the public realm @laureateintlu
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CEO, Laureate International Universities
Douglas L. Becker
CEO, Laureate Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia (EMEAA)
Luis A. López
Chairman of Board of Trustees, Istanbul Bilgi University
Rifat Sarıcaoğlu

Douglas L. Becker: Laureate member #BilgiUniversity must keep its art collection in the public realm @laureateintlu

    1. Kamusal Sanat Mirası
    2. Petition by

      Kamusal Sanat Mirası

      Istanbul, Turkey

In the process of decommissioning santralistanbul, formerly one of Istanbul’s most celebrated new cultural institutions, Istanbul Bilgi University has betrayed the trust of the art world by putting the works in its collection up for auction.  Since its opening in 2007, santralistanbul served host to exhibitions from Centre Pompidou,  ZKM in Karlsruhe, to MUSAC in León, and organized ambitious local exhibitions. However, after a rather combative change of ownership the university has recently decided  to dissolve its “santralistanbul Museum of Contemporary Art” and put its collection on the auction.

If Istanbul Bilgi University doesn't decide to pull back from the auction, which is to be held on February 17th, these works may be lost from the publics reach forever.

The auction house Macka Mezat that has taken over breaking up the collection makes no reference to the origin of the works, and refers to the sale—which includes several works from other private collections as well—as follows: “The private collection comprises important works by prominent Turkish modern and contemporary artists.”

The question is whether works donated or sold to a museum collection that would represent the heart and soul of histories of art in Turkey could be reverted to the private domain. The works were turned over to what was upheld as a public institution that would not only provide good custodianship but also scholarship in the context of an academic institution. Neither has materialized. This is not a simple case of deaccession. It is a direct attack on Turkey’s artistic commons.

We declare that we will push back through forming public opinion until İstanbul Bilgi University finds a way to keep this treasure trove within the public realm.

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    News

    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Platform grills museum, ministry on Santralİstanbul auction

      Kamusal Sanat Mirası
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.todayszaman.com/newsDetail_getNewsById.action?newsId=306091

      The group has summed up the points they demand be explained under three main headings. The points take the form of questions directed at the İstanbul Bilgi University and Santralİstanbul Museum management, the Culture and Tourism Ministry and the artists whose works are included in the collection. The group's primary demand is that the collection be kept intact.

      Platform grills museum, ministry on Santralİstanbul auction

      A platform formed by around 50 professionals from İstanbul's art circles on Monday released a written statement demanding public explanation of news last week that part of the collection held by the recently closed Santralİstanbul Museum of Contemporary Arts would be sold at auction later this month in İstanbul.

    3. CIMAM NEWS

      Kamusal Sanat Mirası
      Petition Organizer

      http://cimam.org/latest/latest21.php?id_noticias=571

      Artists, curators, critics and concerned members of cultural institutions have been active in informing the public and seeking acceptable means of keeping the works in the public domain.

    4. Controversy at Santralistanbul

      Kamusal Sanat Mirası
      Petition Organizer

      http://blog.frieze.com/controversy-at-santralistanbul/

      I am writing as part of an independent group composed of artists, curators and critics working in Istanbul that set out to take action against Istanbul Bilgi University’s decision to auction off part of its collection.

      Controversy at Santralistanbul | Blog | Frieze Publishing

      I am writing as part of an independent group composed of artists, curators and critics working in Istanbul that set out to take action against Istanbul Bilgi University's decision to auction off part of its collection. The Santralistanbul complex, part of the Istanbul Bilgi University campus, was set up in 2007 in a former power plant in the city's Eyüp neighbourhood.

    5. Santralistanbul Museum Moves to Auction Off Its Collection

      Serdar Paktin
      Petition Organizer

      In the process of decommissioning santralistanbul, formerly one of Istanbul´s most celebrated new cultural institutions, Istanbul Bilgi University has broken faith with the art world by putting the works in its collection on the auction block. Since its opening in 2007, santralistanbul served host to exhibitions from Centre Pompidou, ZKM in Karlsruhe, to MUSAC in León, and organized ambitious local exhibitions. However, after a rather combative change of ownership the university has recently decided to dissolve its “santralistanbul Museum of Contemporary Art” and liquidate the collection. The university has furtively sought the approval of Turkey´s Ministry of Culture and Tourism in order to scrap more than 70 works off the museum´s inventory.

      http://universes-in-universe.org/eng/nafas/articles/2013/news_tips/santralistanbul_auction_off

    6. Reached 100 signatures
    7. Santralİstanbul's collection to be auctioned off

      Kamusal Sanat Mirası
      Petition Organizer

      An outraged group of professionals ranging from art critics to curators from İstanbul's art circles released a press statement on Thursday night accusing İstanbul Bilgi University of “betraying the trust of the art world by putting the works in its collection up for auction.”

      http://www.todayszaman.com/news-305800-news-of-santralistanbuls-collection-to-be-sold-causes-outrage-among-art-circles.html

      News of Santralİstanbul's collection to be sold causes outrage among art circles

      İstanbul's art circles were fuming on Friday with the shocking news that 150 works of art from the collection of the recently closed Santralİstanbul Museum of Contemporary Art were set to hit the auction block in an upcoming art sale in İstanbul.

    8. Reached 5 signatures

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    Feb 07, 2013

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    Reasons for signing

    • Ivan Moudov SOFIA, BULGARIA
      • over 1 year ago

      i like the collection

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    • Claus Föttinger DüSSELDORF, GERMANY
      • over 1 year ago

      This betraying the museum´s main policy

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    • Boris Ondreicka BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
      • over 1 year ago

      arts, discourse, criticality, sensuality, sensitivity, humanity

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      • over 1 year ago

      This should also be seen as a signal to artists and collectors: Don't give away your works without a proper contract that takes care such eventualities, whether of a commercial or a political nature!

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    • Margit Rowell PARIS, FRANCE
      • over 1 year ago

      EThics. The works were made available in good faith for a public collection. It is unthinkable that they should then be put en masse on the market.

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