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.
Arkas Art Center
Exhibiting the personal collection of businessman and art enthusiast Lucien Arkas, Arkas Art Center is beautiful inside and out. Located in the former French Consulate, a neoclassical beauty with a great sea view, the 10 different rooms on two floors have displayed various genres from the Arkas Collection, including the Luminists, Ottoman and French cartography, Ottoman carpets, and Post-Impressionists (to name a few).
Arkas Art Center, 1380 Sokak No:1 Alsancak, Izmir, Turkey, +90 232 464 66 00
K2 Güncel Sanat Merkezi
This non-profit organization not only hosts national and international exhibition projects but also organizes lectures, seminars, performances, and screenings as well as having a studio for guest artists. Certainly the most contemporary of Izmir’s galleries, K2 is a sustainable contemporary art venue that focuses on both up-and-coming artists as well as the more established names.
Ahmed Adnan Saygun Arts Center
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.
Art Shop Sanat Galerisi
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.
Art Shop Sanat Galerisi, 1382 (Gül) Sok. No:12/1 Alsancak, Izmir, Turkey, +90 232 422 28 30
Seba 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.
Named after the Greek philosopher Diogenes, who was also one of the founders of the Cynic philosophy, Galeri Diogenes focuses exclusively on photography. The gallery, which opened in 2014, has been exhibiting both young talents as well as the more established names from the local and international photography scene.
Selçuk Yaşar Sanat Galerisi
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.