Iconic Turkish museum chosen among the best buildings of the last century


The modern Odunpazarı Museum (OMM) in Turkey has been selected as one of the most important museum buildings of the past 100 years by one of the most prestigious publications in the art world.

OMM, founded in 2019 in the northwestern province of Eskişehir, has been given the green light according to New York-based visual arts magazine ARTnews.

An excerpt from the ARTnews article. (Courtesy of WMO)

“What makes a great museum? It’s not just the art within its walls – it’s also those walls themselves, which are meant to work in the service of what is on display,” the magazine said in its Jan. 24 feature, “The 25 Best Museum Buildings of the Past 100 Years.”

“As many architects have realized over the years, museum buildings can, in fact, function as works of art themselves, as objects of appreciation. as identifiable as masterpieces in museum collections,” he said.

ARTnews noted that the museum houses Erol Tabanca’s modern Turkish art collection as well as temporary exhibitions.

General view of the modern Odunpazarı Museum (OMM), Eskişehir, northwestern Turkey.  (Courtesy of WMO)

General view of the modern Odunpazarı Museum (OMM), Eskişehir, northwestern Turkey. (Courtesy of WMO)

“Borrowing from the local traditional wooden Ottoman houses – Odunpazarı means “timber market” and is also the name of the region where the institution is located – Kengo Kuma & Associates’ design resembles an elegant log cabin, with structures interlocking squares made up of stacked laminated blonde wood beams that feature Lincoln log-shaped slots,” he said. “For this project, the firm wanted to recreate the urban experience unique to these Ottoman houses, whose cantilevered windows on the upper floors – sometimes positioned at unlikely angles – soar playfully above the head.

The Center Pompidou and Louvre museums in France, the Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain and the MAXXI in Italy were also named in the article.

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