The Proje 4L “Contemporary and Modern Art Museum” was founded by the Elgiz family from their own collection in 2001, when there were only a few private and public contemporary and modern art museums to be found in Istanbul.
The museum, which is non profit and open to the public, was one of the first museums in the city with an international profile. In a short time, it met international standards and played an important role in introducing Turkish contemporary modern art abroad. With the increase in the number of private museums opening in the city, it changed its name to “Proje 4L/The Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art.”
The Elgiz collection contains works by both major foreign artists – such as Tracey Emin, Jan Fabre, Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, Peter Halley, David Salle, Sol Le Witt, Paul McCarthy and Robert Rauschenberg – and important local names – such as Erol Akyavaş, Ömer Uluç, Fahrelnissa Zeid, Abdurrahman Öztoprak, and Nejad Devrim.
Alongside the Elgiz Collection, the museum also contains an Open Archive Room where artists can send their portfolios to be exhibited, and the Protect Rooms where new talents chosen by the museum’s board from the portfolios are displayed. Alongside its permanent exhibitions there are frequently updated temporary exhibitions and it is worthwhile to follow the museum program, which follows the course of modern art.
The museum is open between 10.00 and 17.00 on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; and between 10.00-16.00 on Saturdays. On Tuesdays the museum is open to visitors by appointment. Admission is free and the museum is closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays.