Turkey: the new Odunpazari Modern Museum designed by Kengo Kuma
The new Odunpazari Modern Museum (OMM) designed by Kengo Kuma and Associates was opened on 9 September in Eskisehir, Turkey.
OMM’s innovative design provides a bright and spacious new home for the 1,000-piece collection of modern and contemporary art housed inside the museum.
With its ‘stacked timber’ design, inspired by the surrounding streetscape of Odunpazari, and its history as a timber trading market, the 4,500 m2 museum stands as a new landmark that reconnects the town with its heritage, and as a progressive cultural development for Eskişehir and the Central Anatolia region at large.
Kengo Kuma, the principle of Kengo Kuma and Associates, and Yuki Ikeguchi, the partner leading the project, said: ”The idea for OMM was to use architecture to create a link between people and art. We were deeply inspired by the history, culture, people, and streetscape of Odunpazari, and we wanted the building to resonate on many levels. We hope that the museum will breathe new life into Eskisehir and become a central and inviting meeting point for the city.”
About OMM – Odunpazarı Modern Museum
OMM is a modern and contemporary art museum founded by a collector, Erol Tabanca, in Eskisehir, northwest Turkey in 2019. Designed by Kengo Kuma and Associates (KKAA), the museum presents a dynamic program of multidisciplinary exhibitions and diverse public programming.
The museum’s permanent collection comprises over a thousand works of art spanning the 1950s to the present day, with an emphasis on artists from Turkey. The collection features works by acclaimed artists from Turkey such as Burhan Doğançay, Canan Tolon, Azade Köker, Nejad Melih Devrim, Erol Akyavaş, Haluk Akakçe, Taner Ceylan, İnci Eviner, Gülsün Karamustafa and Erdağ Aksel, alongside international names including Peter Zimmerman, Jaume Plensa, Marc Quinn, Robert Longo, Aron Demetz, Julian Opie, Sarah Morris, Stephan Kaluza, Hans Op De Beeck, Massimo Giannoni, Seon Ghi Bahk, Alfred Haberpointner.
OMM by Kengo Kuma and Associates, © NAARO
OMM by Kengo Kuma and Associates, © Batuhan Keskiner
opening exhibition at OMM, © Kayhan Kaygusuz
OMM by Kengo Kuma and Associates, facade detail.
OMM by Kengo Kuma and Associates, atrium detail section.
OMM by Kengo Kuma and Associates.
Installation by Japanese bamboo artist Tanabe Chikuunsai IV. © NAARO
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