Demsa Collection hires Zaha Hadid
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About 15 years ago Demet and Cengiz Çetindoğan started to build up the Demsa Collection, which officially became part of Demsa Group in 2006 and today is in the process of being transformed into a public museum.
The architectural project for the Demsa Museum has been developed by Zaha Hadid, one of the most acclaimed architects of our times. In her design, Hadid reinterpreted Turkish architectural forms such as the muqarnas and the stars in a modern way. The project is being realised in collaboration with GCAM and Thomas Krens, former director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim in New York City, who is currently overseeing the completion of the Frank Gehry designed Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.
One part of the Demsa Collection comprises works of Calligraphy and includes works dating from the ninth to the mid twentieth century and is the largest such private collection in Turkey. The second part consists of classical, modern and contemporary works of Turkish art, starting with 19th century Turkish paintings with first examples of canvas painting. With over 2000 artworks, Demsa Collection is the first private collection in Turkey to portray the evolution and development of Turkish art history with exemplary works from artists with masterpieces from different periods. The third part of the collection is newly formed with international contemporary acquisitions.
The museum is scheduled to open its doors at the end of 2015.