Hg2 : The Hedonist

Istanbul Modern

Visual art has been the most internationally successful of Turkey’s contemporary art forms. Such artists as Kutlug Ataman, Taner Ceylan and fashion-designer-turned-artist Hussein Challayan are big names on the global gallery circuit, while the domestic scene has taken root on the streets leading up from the Istanbul Modern. Indeed, the museum’s opening in late 2004 – built by the philanthropic Eczacibasi family, the country’s foremost cultural patrons – has shone a spotlight on the scene and incubated dozens of bright young artists. On permanent exhibition is New Works, New Horizons, a vivid passage of 19th- and 20th-century Turkish art. The older paintings smack of foreign ideals, as young artists returned from Paris and Vienna importing figurative styles and pastoral panoramas with them. Temporary exhibitions in the former warehouse’s basement are bold, playful and strong on photography and video. A cinema, a Bosphorus-side bar and a cracking restaurant complete the mix. 

Meclis-I Mebusan Caddesi, Liman Isletmeleri Sahasi, Antrepo 4,,
+90 212 334 7300
Opening Times
10am-6pm (8pm Thurs). Closed Mondays
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