The Top Art Galleries in Turkey

Courtesy of Sakıp Sabancı Museum
Courtesy of Sakıp Sabancı Museum
Feride Yalav-Heckeroth

Turkey’s art scene revolves mostly around its largest cities including Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir. Both renowned international and local names as well as up and coming artists are represented, from contemporary to classic. Check out some of Turkey’s best galleries for art enthusiasts.

1. Istanbul Modern

Museum

The Istanbul Modern opened its doors in 2004
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Istanbul’s main hub for contemporary art is located within a giant warehouse by the Bosphorus. Established in 2004, Istanbul Modern has not only played a large role in introducing Turkish artists to the city, but also abroad. The cinema center, sculpture garden, and café with a great Bosphorus view are also notable.

2. Salt Galata

Art Gallery, Museum

SALT Galata, Beyoğlu
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Certainly one of Istanbul’s most beautiful buildings, Salt Galata is much more than an art gallery. Located within a former Ottoman bank where gorgeous marble is in the foreground, Salt features an art gallery, research library, bookstore, restaurant, and auditorium.

3. Galerist Tepebaşı

Art Gallery

Since its opening in 2001, Galerist has become a leading representative of Turkish contemporary artist both in Turkey and all around the world via international art fairs. The space itself is also noteworthy due to the preservation of the original historic façade of the neoclassical building which Galerist calls home.

4. Sakıp Sabancı Museum

Museum

Stroll through the Sakıp Sabanci Museum’s vast grounds before taking in the world-class art inside
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Once the summer residence of Turkey’s wealthy and philanthropic Sabancı family, the Sakıp Sabancı Museum overlooks the Bosphorus from a hill above a beautiful lush garden. Inside the mansion, artists such as Rodin, Picasso, and Anish Kapoor have exhibited their works, while the Müzedechanga restaurant creates art through food.

5. Mısır Apartmanı

Art Gallery

A beautiful example of European architecture in the middle of busy Istiklal Street, the Mısır Apartment is not only stunning aesthetically, but is also one of Istanbul’s most important art centers. With an art gallery on every floor, you’ll have lots to admire from the buildings beautiful details to the art works.

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