Introduction to The Public, Contribution to The Project
The Baksı Museum, preparations for which began in the year 2000, was introduced to the public in 2002 with an exhibition at Bilgi Studio 111, the art space of Bilgi University. The years 2002-2003 saw "Magical Hands 1" and "Magical Hands 2", dossiers of original prints with the voluntary participation first of Hüsamettin Koçan and then of 19 other artists. In 2004 the number of artists supporting the project reached 125, and an exhibition entitled "Shaman Diary" was held at Proje 4L. In 2005 Hüsamettin Koçan, founder of the Baksı Museum, held an exhibition at Galeri Artist where he made a gift of 125 paintings, all by himself, to thank these 125 artists. In 2005 the Baksı Museum began to operate in affiliation with the Baksı Culture and Art Foundation; to hand local cultural values down to future generations it promoted the making of quilts which demonstrated the skillfulness of hand and the rich imagination of girls living in the village. They were exhibited in Bayburt and Istanbul as "Evil Eye Charm Quilts," and this was followed by Hüsamettin Koçan's painting cycles "Impressions of the Baksı Museum" and "Pictures About Parting."
All activities organized by the Baksı Culture and Art Foundation were intended as contributions toward the completion of the Baksı Museum, and as a way of introducing the project to the public.