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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.
Turkey’s capital has been blessed with an excellent center for contemporary art that also happens to be a feat of architecture. Located in a space that used to be a train depot, the spacious Cer Modern not only holds engaging exhibitions but interacts with its audience through art history classes, kids’ workshops, yoga sessions, and so much more.
Known for their innovative approach, x-ist exhibitions are always striking examples of contemporary art that inspire much more than a few elongated glances. Focused on up and coming artists that are ripe to make a lasting mark, the small gallery is enough reason to visit the Nişantaşı neighborhood.
Izmir’s major art center is located in the former French consulate and therefore enjoys an excellent stance in terms of architectural integrity. Opened in 2011, Arkas has 10 exhibition rooms on two floors and has already displayed a unique array of art from Ottoman carpets to works of post-impressionism.
Located right on Istanbul’s busy Istiklal Street, walking into Arter is a very welcome distraction from the city’s hectic flow. Focusing on local and international contemporary art, Arter has already had exhibitions from a wide spectrum of art forms including installation, video, sculpture, and painting.
A gallery known for its strong social, cultural, and political reflection with open encouragement for debate, Depo hosts exhibitions from Turkey as well as the South Caucus, Middle East, and the Balkans. Depo also holds panel discussions and workshops to further interact with their audience.