The Top Art Galleries in Turkey

Courtesy of Sakıp Sabancı Museum
Courtesy of Sakıp Sabancı Museum

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.

Istanbul Modern

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The Istanbul Modern opened its doors in 2004
The Istanbul Modern opened its doors in 2004 | © Kate Hockenhull / Alamy Stock Photo
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.

Cer Modern

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.

Anafartalar Mahallesi, Altınsoy Cad. No:3, Altındağ, Ankara +90 312 310 00 00

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Arkas Art Center

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.

Kültür Mahallesi, 1380 . Sk. 3-1, Konak, İzmir +90 232 464 66 00

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Salt Galata

Art Gallery, Museum
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SALT Galata, Beyoğlu
SALT Galata, Beyoğlu | Courtesy of Salt Galata
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.

Galerist Tepebaşı

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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.

Sakıp Sabancı Museum

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Stroll through the Sakıp Sabanci Museum’s vast grounds before taking in the world-class art inside
Stroll through the Sakıp Sabanci Museum’s vast grounds before taking in the world-class art inside | © Hackenberg-Photo-Cologne / Alamy Stock Photo
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.

Depo Gallery

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.

Hacımimi Mahallesi, Koltukçular Çk. No:12, Beyoğlu, İstanbul +90 212 292 39 56

Depo Art Gallery | © Feride Yalav | © Feride Yalav

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