Institutional transformation of arts in Turkey: Emergence of private art museums


Thesis Type: Doctorate

Institution Of The Thesis: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology, Turkey

Approval Date: 2014

Student: GÖZDE ÇERÇİOĞLU YÜCEL

Supervisor: AYŞE NUR SAKTANBER

Abstract:

This dissertation explores the emergence of private art museums in 2000‘s in İstanbul, by focusing on three pioneering cases: Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum (Sabancı Museum), istanbul Museum of Modern Art (İstanbul Modern) and Pera Museum. The aim of this study is to trace the history of emergence of private museums in Turkey, and their construction as an organizational field (DiMaggio & Powell 1983). Inquiring how did private museums emerge in Turkey, this dissertation argues that these three private museums in Turkey emerged as an outcome of structuration processes driven by corporate interests of large conglomerates and personal interests of corporate philanthropists, and with the crucial support of precursory organizational form of philanthropic foundations founded by the respective actors.