An Art Lover's Guide to Izmir, Turkey

Courtesy of Arkas Art Center
Courtesy of Arkas Art Center
Feride Yalav-Heckeroth

With its location by the Aegean coast as well as its rich history and consequent architecture, there’s plenty of inspiration for artists to create work in Izmir. As such, Turkey’s third largest city has plenty of great galleries that art lovers will fawn over.

1. Ahmed Adnan Saygun Arts Center

Art Gallery, Concert Hall

A truly striking architectural addition to Izmir’s urban landscape, the Ahmed Adnan Saygun Arts Center is known for the excellent acoustics in their classic music concert hall. However, the center also hosts the Alt Galeri, a large art gallery that focuses on plastic and contemporary art forms. Culture Trip recommends you visit the art gallery and then stay for a great concert.

2. Art Shop Sanat Galerisi

Art Gallery

This great art gallery was established in 1998 to bring the best of plastic arts to Izmir art lovers. Since then, the Art Shop Sanat Galerisi has also hosted painting and sculpture shows, for a total of 200 engaging exhibitions since its opening.

3. Seba Art Gallery

Art Gallery

Seba Uğurtan, an art teacher with 20 years of experience and the acting general director of the Izmir Art Biennial, runs one of Izmir’s most interactive galleries. At Seba, you’ll find intensive art workshops as well as beautiful exhibitions from local artists.

4. Selçuk Yaşar Sanat Galerisi

Art Gallery, Museum

Located inside a beautiful old Izmir home, this museum and art gallery, established by businessman Selçuk Yaşar in 1985, is one of the first private art museums in Turkey. The space displays the private Yaşar Collection, including the winners of the DYO art competition, which has awarded around 196 international artworks since its inception in 1967.

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