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Free Art Exhibitions
ARTER has been presenting solo and group exhibitions with the goal of providing a platform of visibility for artistic practices and encouraging production of contemporary artworks. Though large, bright and well-lit, Arter is displayed more like a studio than a museum. The building that hosts ARTER is also quite notable. It is situated on Istiklal Avenue, and is it was built in the 1910s by Petraki Efendi, one of the architects of the 6th Municipal District Office. It was recently restored and opened in 2009.
Information:Istiklal Caddesi, Beyoğlu, +90 212 243 3767, www.arter.org.tr, Free Entrance. Open Tue-Thur 11am-7pm, Fri-Sun 12-8
Rodeo Gallery was founded in 2007 by Sylvia Kouvali. Over the years, the gallery’s reputation has increased greatly and now puts on exciting exhibitions from all around the world. Rodeo is considered one of the most thrilling art spaces in Istanbul, displaying high-quality art and an international, avant-garde awareness.
Information: Sıraselviler Cad. No: 49 / D: 1 Taksim Istanbul, +90 212 293 5800, www.rodeo-gallery.com, Free Entrance, Open Tue-Sat 10am—6pm
Since its opening, in 2001, Galerist has acted as a bridge between Turkish artists and the international art world. Hosting a range of exhibition in its two locations in Istanbul, Galerist showcases the best of contemporary art in both Eastern and Western culture.
Information:Tepebaşı -Meşrutiyet Caddesi No: 67 K: 1 – Istanbul Hasköy Yarn Factory – Kırmızı Minare Sokak, No:7-11 , Tuesday-Saturday: 11:00 – 19:00
Galeri Nev established its space in Istanbul in 1987 and it has been organizing regular exhibitions ever since, with the aim of introducing modern and contemporary art to both local and international audience. The art on show can vary from understated prints and drawings to outlandish sculpture and installations.
Information:Istiklal Caddesi Misir Apt. N: 163 KAT 4 D:23, TEL: 212 252 15 25, Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00-18:30.
(In the same building you can also find Galeri Ziberman and Pi ArtWorks)
Rampa Gallery, located in Besiktas, is committed to the realization and presentation of exceptional artworks and communicating with a broader audience. Rampa facilitates the production and presentation of artworks across diverse mediums and strives in order to create an innovative and critical forum for artistic production and discourse.
Information: Şair Nedim Caddesi No: 21ª, Akaretler Beşiktaş, T (+90) 212 3270800, Tuesday-Saturday between 11 a.m. – 7 p.m
The inaugural show featured idea-led art from the likes of Sol LeWitt and Robin Rhode, all within the exposed red brick walls of an old wheat mill that wouldn’t look out of place in Brooklyn. The shows scheduled to coincide with the Biennale are some of the most exciting in the city and include Berlin-based multi-award winner Nasan Tur, whose Arms, a series of photographs of political hand gestures cleverly removed from their context, was included in the first show.
Information: Ali Paşa Değgirmeni Sokak 16-18, +90 212 243 6666
This huge former warehouse is the most prominent of Istanbul’s contemporary galleries. It is possibly the reason why so many smaller spaces have sprung up in the neighborhood, 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 taking place here. Don’t miss the restaurant, as it has an incredible view of the old city across the water.
Information:Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi. Liman İşletmeleri, Sahasi Antrepo 4, Karaköy, +90 212 334 7300, www.istanbulmodern.org, 17 TL. Open Tue-Sun 10am-6pm, Thur closes at 8pm
The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts
It contains Turkish and Islamic Arts and is known as the last museum that opened in the Ottoman Period. The foundation of the museum was commissioned as a result of continuous steal of artworks from various trust bulidings, mosques, masjids, takas and sbrines from all over the country.
Information: At Meydanı Sok. No:46 İbrahim Paşa Sarayı Sultanahmet, (212) 518 18 05, 20 TL
The main collection consist on Orientalist paintings, Anatolian weights and Ottoman tiles. But modern art fans should keep an eye on the Pera’s top-notch travelling exhibitions by the likes of Picasso, Botero and Chagal. You can experience the shows from top to bottom, working your way downwards over several floors of bright, white, well-polished museum space.
Information: Meşrutiyet Caddesi 65, 34443 Tepebaşi, Beyoğlu, +90 212 334 9900, entrance 15 TL. Tuesday-Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday noon-6pm, closed on Mondays
The gallery at Santral is a good bet for a cultural pit-stop on a boat trip up the Golden Horn. The curators put together exhibitions on eclectic international subjects, from German architecture to Italian design and Colombian contemporary art, with the focus switching occasionally to subjects taught at Bilgi University, which occupies most of this enormous converted Ottoman power station.
Information: Eski Silahtarağa Elektrik Santrali, Kazim Karabekir Caddesi 2, Eyüp, +90 212 311 7878, entrance 15TL