With contributions of the “sanat mecmuası” group
Akbank SanatIstiklal Street No: 8 34435 Beyoğlu
Akbank Sanat is the art center founded by Akbank in 1993. One of the most important art venues of Istanbul, the center has led its course to contemporary art since 2003. It organizes over 1000 events throughout the year including exhibitions, interviews, conferences, film screenings and concerts, and hosts many major events such as Akbank Jazz Festival, Akbank Children’s Theater, Akbank Short Film Festival and Contemporary Istanbul.
Also visit nab.
(Cumhuriyet District Kazım Orbay Street No: 40/A 34380 Şişli)
Believing that self-care and cosmetic products should be free of additives and pure, nab. opened its doors in Bomonti in late 2019. The shop, which is located very close to Bomontiada and Ara Güler Museum, sells a variety of handmade natural soaps, aromatherapeutic oils, natural self-care products, beeswax candles and handmade ceramics. For those who can’t visit its store, nab. is also selling its products online on its website.
Ara Güler Museum – AGMHistoric Bomonti Beer Factory Birahane Street No:1 Bomonti
The works and negatives of the famous photographer as well as his notes, personal belongings, cameras, press cards and collections are exhibited at the Ara Güler Museum, which is located in Yapı Kredi bomontiada. The AGM, also a photography museum, is home to photography exhibitions of various artists.
Also visit Gökay Musical Instruments
(Çukur District Çukur Street 66-68 34250 Beyoğlu)
Gökay Musical Instruments (Gökay Müzik Aletleri), where you can find all kinds of musical instruments, devices and spare parts, is located very close to Arter. Erdem Usta, who has been producing handmade musical instruments in Beyoğlu Ayva Çukuru Street since 1972, is a name preferred by thousands of musicians. Pop by Gökay Musical Instruments if you are in the area and looking for musical instruments.
ArterIrmak Street No: 13 34435 Dolapdere-Beyoğlu
A Vehbi Koç Foundation establishment, Arter opened the doors of its new building in Dolapdere in September 2019. The center presented 35 exhibitions to art lovers in its building on İstiklal Street from 2010 to 2018, and also supported the production of 183 artworks in the framework of these exhibitions. Arter shelters performance halls, learning and activity spaces, a library, a conservation laboratory and an arts bookstore in addition to exhibition galleries in its new building covering a 18,000 square meter indoor area. The opening program of Arter included the exhibitions “What Time Is It? ”,“Words Are Very Unnecessary”,“ Whitish ”,“ Secret Conference ”, “She Waited for a While” and “Celeste Boursier – Mougenot’s off-road v.2”
Borusan ContemporaryBaltalimanı Hisar Street Perili Köşk No:5 34470 Rumelihisarı-Sarıyer
The Borusan Contemporary Haunted Mansion is established by Borusan to present its Contemporary Art Collection to all art enthusiasts, and over 800 outstanding examples of the collection are exhibited in this building. In addition to the exhibitions of artists from all around Turkey and the world, there are events, educational activities, new commissions and site-specific installations at Borusan Contemporary, which focuses on the “Media Art” and accepts visitors only on weekends. You can see the artworks of major representatives of international art such as Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt and Jim Dine in this space where the office-museum experience is presented.
ENKA Culture and ArtSadi Gül.elik Sports Site, 34460 İstinye
Starting its activities in the field of culture and arts in 1984 by awarding and
supporting successful artists in different branches of art, ENKA Culture and Arts held its first event at ENKA Open Air Theater. In the following years, ENKA diversified its activities and extended its program all year round by adding the ENKA Auditorium and then the Art Gallery to its venues. Bringing together nearly 7,000 artists and more than 60,000 art lovers over 31 years, ENKA Culture and Arts continues to bring innovative examples from different branches of art such as performing arts, music, cinema and plastic arts to the art lovers with its events while opening its doors to young talents as well as veteran artists. Continuing its activities under the umbrella of ENKA Foundation, ENKA Culture and Arts also provides support to different
institutions through various collaborations and sponsorship activities.
Also visit Fy-shan Glass Studio
(Asmalımescit District Gönül Street No:14 2/5 Beyoğlu)
Founded by glass artist Felekşan Onar, the Istanbul-based studio designs and produces limited edition functional glass art, objects and lighting. Fy-shan Glass Studio, located within walking distance of Istanbul Modern and Pera Museum, collaborates with international design brands, architects, interior designers and design galleries to create unique collections. For those who can’t visit its store, Fy-shan sells products worldwide through its website.
Istanbul ModernAsmalımescit District Meşrutiyet Street No:99 34430 Beyoğlu
Istanbul Modern, the first modern and contemporary art museum of Turkey, welcomes art enthusiasts in this temporary venue located in Beyoğlu. The museum, which was founded in 2004 and hosts interdisciplinary activities, presents its own collection as well as hosting temporary exhibitions. The museum was home to many exhibitions including the 15th Istanbul Biennial, Fahrelnissa Zeid collection, Anthony Cragg’s “Human Nature” exhibition, İnci Eviner Retrospective, Erol Akyavaş’s Retrospective exhibition, “Hüseyin Çağlayan: 1994-2010”, Cihat Burak Retrospective and Sarkis’ “ Site ”exhibition.
Pera MuseumAsmalı Mescit Meşrutiyet Street No:65, 34430 Beyoğlu
Established by Suna & İnan Kıraç Foundation in 2005, the Pera Museum has displayed works of famous artists around the world such as “Jean Dubuffet”, “Henri Cartier-Bresson”, “Rembrandt”, “Niko Pirosmani”, “Josef Koudelka”, “Joan Miró”, “Akira Kurosawa”, “Marc Chagall”, “Pablo Picasso”, “Fernando Botero”, “Frida Kahlo”, “Diego Rivera”, “Goya” in the major exhibitions it has organized. In addition to temporary exhibitions, the collections which belong to the foundation are displayed in the museum, where periodic programs and events on various branches of art are also organized.
Sakıp Sabancı Museum – SSMSakıp Sabancı Street No:42 34467 Emirgan-Sarıyer
The SSM was bequeathed to Sabancı University in 1998 by the Sabancı family to be transformed into a museum and has had its current structure with the annex of a modern art gallery in 2002 and further extension work carried out in 2005. The SSM is now home to rich Arts of the Book and Calligraphy Collection, which includes examples of calligraphy by famous calligraphists and copies of the Koran, and extensive international temporary exhibitions, conservation units, exemplary education programs, various concerts, conferences and seminars. The SSM also organized exhibitions of many leading international artists such as Ai WeiWei, Joan Miró, Anish Kapoor, and Salvador Dali.
Also visit Berç Melikyan
(Molla Feneri District Nuruosmaniye Street No:23-302 Eminönü)
Berç Melikyan, who started his career by learning the art of lapidary as a child, is one of the most renowned jewelers and engravers who carries on the art of design painting in Turkey. Transforming priceless stones into works of art, Melikyan’s workshop is ten minutes away from SALT Galata by car. If you are interested in handmade diamonds and jewels that inherit the city’s culture, don’t forget to visit Berç Melikyan’s workshop.
SALTSALT Beyoğlu: İstiklal Street No: 136 34430 Beyoğlu<br>SALT Galata: Bankalar Street No: 11 34421 Karaköy
SALT has two buildings in Istanbul, and the Beyoğlu building located on İstiklal Street shelters exhibition galleries and event venues. There are workshops, exhibition galleries and conference areas in the SALT Galata, the former Ottoman Bank building designed by Alexandre Vallauri in the 19th century, which is also home to the Ottoman Bank Museum Collection. Hosting many artists such as Refik Anadol, Naeem Mohaiemen, and Nur Koçak, SALT also welcomes movie lovers to the Thursday Movie activity.
Also visit Kamer Bookstore
(Meşrutiyet Street Hüseyinağa Aslıhan “Bazaar of Bibliopoles” 10/1 34435 Beyoğlu)
Located right across the street from Yapı Kredi Kültür Sanat, you can find Aslıhan Arcade, also known as the “Bazaar of Bibliopoles”. This small and historical arcade is home to many second-hand book sellers, including Kamer Bookstore, which is a beaten track for bibliophiles in Istanbul. If you are looking for a rare book in Turkish, English, German or even in Ottoman Turkish, or just want to lose track of time, pop around the Aslıhan Arcade and have a visit at Kamer Bookstore.
Yapı Kredi Culture & Artİstiklal Street No: 161 34433 Beyoğlu
Yapı Kredi Culture and Art hosts various exhibitions in the fields of painting, sculpture, photography, graphics, archeology and culture, and gets together with art enthusiasts at nearly 250 events every year. Serving the public on Istiklal Street since 1992, the center is home to various different works like the Embroidery and Fabric Collection and a Tasbih Collection, the Ethnographic Work Collection, the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, the “Here I Am: Zeki Müren” exhibition, the “Thresholds” exhibition, “Sarmal” which is a selection from the Yapı Kredi collection, and the “I Am Leyla Gencer” session. The center, which has also hosted exhibitions of leading writers and poets from the world of Turkish literature, like Sabahattin Ali, Yaşar Kemal, Özdemir Asaf, Behçet Necatigil, İlhan Berk, Orhan Veli and Haldun Taner, also hosts exhibitions focused on history and archeology like “Hattusa”, “Lydians”, “Aphrodisias”, “The Story of Paper Money from the Empire to the Republic”, “Tombak” and “What are coins telling us?”.