Istiklal Caddesi 211, Beyoglu, Istanbul 34440 | www.arter.org.tr | +90-212-243 37 67
Opening Hours: 10.30am-7.30pm Tue-Thur | 12.00am-8.00pm Fri-Sun | Monday closed
Housed in a tastefully restored mansion on the city's busiest shopping street, Istiklal Caddesi, Arter quickly gained a reputation as an intelligent platform for Turkish art. Though large, bright and well-lit, Arter is set out more like a studio than a museum, and it encourages the production of site-specific exhibitions and performances such as Deniz Gül's installation of coffins and wardrobes. As a face of a large cultural foundation underpinned by one of Turkey's biggest business groups, the Vehbi Koç Foundation, Arter benefits from strong international connections, including its sister gallery, Tanas, in Berlin.
ARTER's programmes are created with the aim of encouraging the production of contemporary artworks, providing a platform of visibility for artistic practices, producing and presenting exhibitions curated from the VKF Contemporary Art Collection, as well as from private collections and archives. Furthermore, joint productions with international institutions are intended to be included in the programme. In terms of funding, exhibiting, promotion and publications, as well as support for educational activities ARTER offers artists a sustainable infrastructure for producing new works.
ARTER is built as an exhibition space and is not a museum; furthermore there are no plans to convert the current building into a museum in the future. As a new art space in Istanbul ARTER will provide an experimental and testing ground in preparation for the museum complex the Vehbi Koç Foundation envisions.