Baksı Museum is a contemporary and traditional art and culture institution placed at the periphery far from the center, which was awarded the European Parliament Assembly Museum of the Year Award in 2014. The museum is founded and located in 2010 in Coruh Valley in Northeastern Anatolia. In this paper, the museum and the adjacent ateliers are examined in the context of the theories of French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu. The museum has workshop areas contributing to the regional economy besides exhibiting contemporary and traditional artwork. Traditional coloring and weaving of the textile ‘ehram’ takes place at the craft center of the museum. This production supports the social life and economy in the vicinity of the Museum, which is in context with Bourdieu’s theory of four fields; economic, social, cultural and eluvial capital. This paper examines the role of Baksı Museum in the regional economy and reveals that the museum’s contribution is remarkable in terms of social, economic, and cultural domains.
Center, Periphery, Pierre Bourdieu, Habitus, Cultural Capital, Eluvial Capital, Baksı Museum