4 Contemporary Art Galleries You Shouldn’t Miss in Istanbul

Istanbul is known for its history, architecture and cuisine but the contemporary art scene in this city feature the work of some of the most exciting artists from Turkey and beyond. If you want to explore contemporary art in Turkey or meet with Turkish artists we created a list about 4 Contemporary Art Galleries You Shouldn’t Miss in İstanbul.

1- Pilevneli Art Gallery

Pilevneli Art Gallery located in two different locations which are Dolapdere and Mecidiyeköy. The gallery in Mecidiyeköy was a former liquor factory, now turn in to a generous exhibition space that you might see different exhibitions at the same time. Gallery aims to bring stimulating worldviews to Istanbul by hosting international artists and presenting some contemporary Turkish artists in the global context. They hosted an exhibition of some established artists such as Refik Anadol, Hans Op De Beeck, Daniel Firman and more. Murat Pilevneli the founder of the gallery has been the main actors of the Turkish contemporary art scene and the founder of Turkey’s important art and culture publication.

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2- Dirimart Gallery

Dirimart has been strengthing the role of İstanbul in the contemporary art scene with hosting important international artists. Besides, the gallery committed to promoting established and emerging artists from Turkey on an international scale. They are arranging temporary exhibitions that offer an international range of artistic perspectives. 

Dirimart located in Dolapdere which is rapidly emerging art district within the Beyoğlu periphery. Dolapdere is a changing neighborhood that Dirimart played a significant role in this process and at the moment we can find three important art galleries and one contemporary art museum (Arter) in this area. Gallery has a generous exhibition space and a sculpture garden that you can take your time and enjoy.

3- Zilberman Gallery

Zilberman Gallery based on two locations, Berlin and İstanbul. The gallery has a strong connection and presence in international relations. Zilberman Berlin and Zilberman İstanbul have different schedules and programs but we can see interactions and exchanges between the German art scene and the Turkish art scene. Besides their dynamic exhibitions, the schedule gallery organizes artist talks, lectures and book launches.

As one last tip, the gallery located in Mısır Apartment, one of the most important examples of art nouveau architecture in İstanbul and when you enter the building don’t use an elevator, stairs are much more enjoyable.

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4- Pi Artworks

Pi Artworks founded in İstanbul then it expanded internationality and opened another space in London. The gallery working with institutions, art festivals and biennials across the region and globally. They host the exhibition of both Turkish and international artists time by time. 

Pi Artworks play an active role in global art fairs such as Contemporary Istanbul, Frieze NY, Abu Dhabi Art and Art Basel Hong Kong. They located in Karaköy which is one of the hippest neighborhoods in İstanbul.

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