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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 (Antrepo #4) on the shores of the Bosphorus in the historic Karaköy neighborhood.

For the next 14 years, this building was home to 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.

In early 2018, Istanbul Modern moved from its original building, now at the center of Istanbul’s new Galataport project, to a temporary space in Beyoğlu: the historical Union Française building on Meşrutiyet Street. This space will be its new home for the next three years while a new building is being constructed at its original site. Funding for the new building, designed by the internationally renowned architect Renzo Piano, is being contributed by the Eczacıbaşı Group and the Galataport consortium partners, Doğuş Group and Bilgili Holding.



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.

http://www.istanbulmodern.org/en