Istanbul Museum of Modern Art

The Eczacıbaşı Group is the founder and core collection donor of the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Turkey’s first privately funded museum of modern and contemporary art. With the support of the Eczacıbaşı Group, the museum opened its doors in December 2004 in a renovated, 8,000 square meter maritime warehouse on the shores of the Bosphorus in the historic Karaköy neighborhood.

Istanbul Modern collects, preserves, exhibits and documents works of modern and contemporary art, photography, design, architecture, new media and film with the aim of advancing the public’s appreciation of modern and contemporary art, contributing to the production of new work, and sharing Turkey’s artistic creativity and cultural identity with global audiences.

To this end, the museum hosts permanent and temporary exhibitions of paintings, sculpture, photography and new media, as well as educational programs, cinema programs, a research library, cafe, and gift store. Through a wide variety of events, including an extensive art education program for schoolchildren, the museum aims to encourage visitors of all ages and segments of society to engage actively with the arts. To date, the museum has hosted 8 million 500 thousand visitors and provided free art education to 850 thousand children and young people.

Due to the construction of its new building located within the Galataport, Istanbul Modern has been hosting art lovers at the historic Union Française building on Meşrutiyet Street since 23 May 2018.

Istanbul Modern's new building, situated at the museum's original location in Karaköy, is designed by the world-renowned, Pritzker prize-winning Italian architect Renzo Piano, the mastermind of buildings for numerous international museums and art institutions, among them Centre Pompidou, Whitney Museum, Centro Botín, and Beyeler Foundation Museum.

Istanbul Modern’s new building offers visitors various exhibition halls and all the conveniences and activities of the world's leading museums, including educational workshops, a cinema, library, design shop, event spaces, and a café and restaurant.