Istanbul Modern

Liman Isletmeleri Sahası, Antrepo 4, off Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi, Karaköy, Istanbul 34433 | | +90-212-334 73 00

Opening Hours: 10.00am-6.00pm Tue-Sun | 10.00am-8.00pm Thu | Monday closed


This huge former warehouse on the shores of the Bosphorus is the most prominent of Istanbul's contemporary galleries. It is arguably the reason why so many smaller spaces have sprung up in the neighbourhood, and the Biennale is held next door. A permanent exhibition takes visitors through a history of modern Turkish art and there are increasingly important international shows, such as portraitist Steve McCurry's photos from the last ever roll of Kodachrome film.

Established in 2004 with more than a nod to London's Design Museum, this former warehouse presides over the city's still functioning docks and is Turkey’s first private museum to organize modern and contemporary art exhibitions on its an 8,000 sqm site. The conversion is a triumph: the view over the Bosphorus strait is the star exhibit.

Artwork in the permanent collection is changed annually. Following criticisms of a lacklustre collection, late 2008 sees a welcome change of direction as current displays focus on modern experiences rather than setting out an overview of Turkish art history. Key works impart a powerful sense of Turkey's heritage and passage to secularism. Apart from permanent and temporary exhibition galleries, a photography gallery, and spaces for educational and social programs, the museum offers a cinema, restaurant, design store and an extensive library.

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