Siraselviler Caddesi 83, Cihangir/Beyoglu, Istanbul | +90-212-245 55 05
Opening Hours: 10.30am-6.30pm Tue-SatFounder and Director: Azra Tüzünoglu
Associate Director and Media Relations: Amira Akbiyikoglu
Located on Sıraselviler Caddesi in Cihangir, Pilot Gallery is a pioneering venue that aims to serve as a space that showcases artists’ works and to provide an interactive meeting point for exchanging ideas. Opened in September 2011 by Azra Tüzünoğlu, Pilot Gallery was formerly known as Outlet Gallery in Tophane, which opened in 2008. Now, housed in what used to be one of the hippest nightclubs of the 70s, the gallery consists of spaces with various purposes, including an exhibition space, a foyer for research, and a showroom.
After its debut exhibition “If I can’t dance, it’s not my revolution” by Halil Altındere, the gallery has been hosting prominent works that left a mark in the history of contemporary art in addition to inter-disciplinary works.
Azra says that the reason why they decided to change the name of the gallery from Outlet to Pilot is that Outlet had fulfilled its purpose and that a new name was needed to move forward. The word pilot is written the same way in multiple languages and means the same thing; the word also stands for someone who takes you from one place to the next. Also, a pilot study is the experimental ground of new systems and ideas—just like the innovative Pilot Gallery.
This pioneering venue will not only be a space that showcases artists’ works but it will also be an interactive, social area, a meeting point for exchanging ideas. In fact, Pilot will be launching a digital library through which visitors will be able to access numerous art publications. There are also plans for organizing a variety of workshops, film screenings, and talks.
Even though the main goal of Pilot is displaying artworks and taking an active role in the development of art in Turkey, they also want to answer this question: will there be more interesting works when formerly separate disciplines like literature, cinema, and architecture are brought together with contemporary art?