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Istanbul Modern reveals the location of its temporary venue

Istanbul Modern reveals the location of its temporary venue



Turkey’s first museum of modern and contemporary art has announced that it will be moving all of its operations to the historical Union Française
building in Beyoğlu while its new building is being constructed. Istanbul Modern will continue to receive visitors at its current location in Karaköy until 18 March.

Istanbul Modern will close the door of its current building in Karaköy on Sunday, 18 March, after 14 years of operations. Antrepo #4, as the building is called, was a maritime warehouse before being renovated as a museum building for Istanbul Modern in 2004. 



Temporary space in Beyoğlu
While constructing its new building, Istanbul Modern will move temporarily from its unique location on the shores of the Bosphorus to the historical Beyoğlu neighborhood. Its temporary space there is the historical Union Française building on Meşrutiyet Street, built by Alexandre Vallauri in 1896. Istanbul Modern will re-open to the public at this space, which is being renovated to accommodate its exhibitions and activities, in May 2018.
 
Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the renowned architectural firm, will design Istanbul Modern’s new building
Renzo Piano, a leading figure in the world of architecture and recipient of the prestigious Pritzer Prize, is designing Istanbul Modern’s new building, which will be situated on the museum’s current site at the center of the ongoing “Galataport” development project. 
 
The new building project is scheduled to start in 2018 and finish in 36 months. Istanbul Modern’s founding sponsor, the Eczacıbaşı Group, and the Galataport consortium, Doğuş Group and Bilgili Holding, are contributing to the cost of the new building.
 
About Renzo Piano
Renzo Piano was born in Pegli, Italy, in 1937 and graduated from the Polytechnic University of Milan in 1964. He has designed numerous museum and art centers, among them the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC, Beyeler Foundation Museum in Basel, and Centro Botin in Santander. Europe’s tallest building, the Shard Building in London, also carries his signature.
 
7 million visitors, art education for more than 750 thousand children
Since opening on 11 December 2004, Istanbul Modern has welcomed visitors from every segment of the public with the support and cooperation of local government and the public and private sector. Rapidly increasing its visitor numbers over the course of 14 years, Istanbul Modern has gained recognition worldwide as well as in Turkey as a required destination for modern and contemporary art enthusiasts. Overall, Istanbul Modern has received more than 7 million visitors and organized free art programs for more than 750 thousand children and young people since its establishment.