Mersad Berber, Pera Museum

Positioned between the art worlds of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is home to art galleries and museums serve to contemporary art, and traditional artists as well.

Istanbul is a city of many layers, drawing together seemingly disparate eras, cultures, languages, and ways of living into a richly patterned whole. The art scene reflects this variety, with traditional and contemporary rubbing shoulders in the city’s galleries. ARTER The Chapman brothers made...

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Find over 2,000 years of Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and modern history in the city’s museums. From Sufism to photography, Istanbul is full of cultural marvels.

Archeology Museum Founded in 1881 by the eminent painter, architect, and Renaissance man Osman Hamdi Bey, this often overlooked site is actually a group of three museums: the Archaeological Museum, the Ancient Orient Museum, and the Tiled Kiosk Museum. The Museum’s holdings constitute the best...

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The Museum of Broken Relationships, Istanbul

Positioned between the art worlds of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is home to art galleries and museums serve to contemporary art, and traditional artists as well.

Everyone with an interest in literary Istanbul knows Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence , which exhibits the remains of character Kemal’s kleptomaniac relationship with the young Füsun. Thankfully, these displays of labeled cigarette butts, clothes, edibles, and photos are the document of a...

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I want to be an artist too_1_JAN KUCK_2015

Positioned between the art worlds of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is home to art galleries and museums serve to contemporary art, and traditional artists as well.

After founding her first gallery, Art350 , on Bağdat Caddesi four years ago, Anna Laudel has now opened Anna Laudel Contemporary in Karaköy. The gallery’s first exhibition, When did we stop playing? , collaborates with Bernheimer Contemporary to show the latest wave from the art hub of Berlin....

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Positioned between the art worlds of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is home to art galleries and museums serve to contemporary art, and traditional artists as well.

Artist Feyhaman Duran, now the subject of a large exhibition at the Sabancı Museum, is one of Turkey’s talented curiosities. Born in the Ottoman Empire, made in the Turkish Republic, master of Arabic calligraphy and Western painting, trained in Istanbul and Paris – Duran’s life combines many...

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Ahmet Güneştekin

Positioned between the art worlds of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is home to art galleries and museums serve to contemporary art, and traditional artists as well.

Coming from Turkey’s southeastern Batman province, a self-taught artist finds success on the international art scene – this isn’t a story we hear every day. Ahmet Güneştekin is the protagonist of this tale, which begins with the legends and mythology of the Near East, wanders through the melting...

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Positioned between the art worlds of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is home to art galleries and museums serve to contemporary art, and traditional artists as well.

The complex geography of Southeastern Europe, the Middle East, and the Caucasus has been united and separated under many empires over the centuries. Current politics divides these regions on the basis of nation and religion, but that was not always the case. In his exhibition ArTriangle “City...

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Eda Soylu - reconstructing the home anew

Positioned between the art worlds of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is home to art galleries and museums serve to contemporary art, and traditional artists as well.

In normal circumstances, walking into a gallery and destroying the art is known as vandalism. But for Istanbul-based artist Eda Soylu, that is all part of the process. Her new exhibition Constructing the House Anew at Galeri KHAS invites visitors to participate directly in the work’s decay. It was...

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Biorealize - Istanbul Design Biennial
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Turkish artist, designer, and researcher Orkan Telhan’s official title is Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. However, his name on the street is likely to become “Profesor Simit.” Using a machine he built and calls the Microbial Design Studio, Telhan will produce 30...

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Bozlu Art Project

Positioned between the art worlds of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is home to art galleries and museums serve to contemporary art, and traditional artists as well.

If we look beyond the world-famous sites, Istanbul’s magic is found in the many treasures hidden among the backstreets of its residential areas. The Mongeri Building in Şişli , with its domed turret and tiled decorations, is among the most fantastical of these forgotten heirlooms. Named after its...

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Ahmet Öğüt

Positioned between the art worlds of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is home to art galleries and museums serve to contemporary art, and traditional artists as well.

Appropriately for a space whose name means “under” in Turkish, Alt is indeed underground. But its latest exhibition, featuring artists Ahmet Öğüt, Marwa Arsanios, and Allora & Calzadilla, also draws on this location to excavate under the society of the spectacle and uncover some truths in its...

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Positioned between the art worlds of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is home to art galleries and museums serve to contemporary art, and traditional artists as well.

Exiting at Küçükyalı metro station on a busy motorway and walking through a neighborhood of concrete apartment blocks on Istanbul’s Asian side could put you almost anywhere in this modern city. All the more remarkable, then, when the ruins of the grandest monastery from 9 th-century Istanbul appear...

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Positioned between the art worlds of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is home to art galleries and museums serve to contemporary art, and traditional artists as well.

Interconnectivity of networks, free capital flows, ergonomic efficiency from mind to interface to production: these are the catchphrases of the digital world that is rapidly encasing our workplaces, homes, and bodies. New York-based artist Mika Tajima has examined these dizzying developments in her...

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Vesaire Art Gallery (Vesaire Sanat Galerisi in the original Turkish) is a gallery that presents contemporary art by collectible Turkish artists. The gallery is situated close to the shore between the Fener and Balat piers, behind the Bulgarian Iron Church (St. Stephen). Vesaire is owned and run by...

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Anna Laudel founded Art350 gallery on Bağdat Caddesi four years ago, and now a new space under her name has opened on Bankalar Caddesi: Anna Laudel contemporary. The opening exhibition "When did we stop playing..." was a collaboration with one of Berlin's premier art agencies, Bernheimer...

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Located in the upscale neighborhood of Teşvikiye, close to Nişantaşı and Osmanbey, the Sauca Collection gallery describes itself as Turkey's first "museum of curiosities". The opening exhibition features works from Far Eastern countries such as Bali and Timor, reflecting the travels of collector...

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Located just off the main road leading north from Osmanbey, the Bozlu Art Project Şişli is well worth visiting for its unique architecture and the contemporary art collection within. The building is representative of the Ottoman Neoclassical style that emerged in the early 20th century, the last...

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Dirimart Dolapdere
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Following on from its first gallery in Nişantaşı, the leading Turkish contemporary gallery Dirimart has opened a second space in Dolapdere. This 1,000-meter-squared space, located only a short distance from Taksim Square, was designed by New York-based architect Markus Dochantschi and incorporates...

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KRANK is a contemporary art gallery located in Tomtom in Beyoğlu. The gallery opened with an exhibition by Vadim Fishkin, whose work blurs the lines between science, technology, and art. Its mission is to present cutting-edge exhibitions to a wide audience, showing that contemporary art is...

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The Pill is a contemporary art gallery located in the historic Balat neighborhood on the south bank of the Golden Horn. The gallery hosts site-specific exhibitions and also acts as a project space for cutting-edge artists and established names. The gallery is open Monday-Saturday, but visitors...

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Amant Turc is a chic and vibrant gallery and picture framer just down the road from the Galata Tower. Artists represented in the gallery include illustrator Ömer Faruk Yaman, Denny di Pasquantonio, and photographers Noemie Deveaux and Emma Poulain. The interior of the gallery offers a vivid...

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Remember your museum trip with a unique keepsake from the Istanbul Modern Museum shop, a retail finale to a day of artistic appraisal. Prints, books, and collection catalogues allow you to take your favorite artists home, while personal accessories like jewelry are perfect gifts for absent friends...

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This is a very unique antique shop, run by a charming couple, Kaşif and Dilek. The shop is also known as "the Fountain" on account of the incredible, two-century old marble fountain in its entrance. The shop is also known for its vast array of beautiful objects and the remarkable presentation of...

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Founded in 2005 by the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation, the Pera Museum is housed in the former Bristol Hotel, a beautifully-restored building that was designed and built by architect Achille Manoussos in 1893. The museum has three permanent collections: Orientalist Painting, Kütahya Tiles and...

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KargART is a dynamic gallery, home to plastic arts, performing arts, contemporary arts, theater, and music activities. It has made its niche among the young avant-garde artists and viewers who appreciate cutting-edge art, based on the Asian side of the city. Related Links Karga Bar

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Lomography refers specifically to the use of the commercial Lomographische AG and generally to the Lomography Society International, founded in Vienna during the early 1990s as part of an analog Renaissance. The aesthetics behind lomography have often been compared to that of Kodak Eastman's "Kodak...

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