Istanbul Modern

Istanbul Modern is a former cargo warehouse that became an internationally renowned modern art museum following its initial use as a space for contemporary art at the 8th Istanbul Biennial in 2003. The building was designed by architect Sedad Hakkı Eldem between 1957 and 1958.

The 15th Istanbul Biennial showcases nineteen artists’ projects within Istanbul Modern’s open-plan ground floor. Currently, the harbour area around the museum is under substantial transformation, and issues around urban development are reflected upon in several of the artworks displayed.

The museum’s collection of Turkish and international modern and contemporary art is on permanent display on the second floor. It is also possible to visit the museum’s cinema, where a film programme put together by Istanbul Modern’s curatorial team is screened at scheduled times throughout the exhibition period.

Istanbul Modern

Kılıçali Paşa Neighbourhood
Meclis-i Mebusan St.
34433 Tophane, Beyoğlu, Istanbul

Open every day
except Monday through
16 September – 12 November
from 10.00 to 18.00
Thursday from 10.00 to 20.00

Artists exhibiting at this venue

  • List of works on display Volkan Aslan
    Born in Ankara, lives in Istanbul
    Volkan Aslan
  • List of works on display Alper Aydın
    Born in Ordu, lives between Ordu, Ankara, Konya, and Istanbul 
    Alper Aydın
  • List of works on display Mahmoud Obaidi
    Born in Baghdad, lives in Burlington, Ontario
    Mahmoud Obaidi
  • List of works on display Latifa Echakhch
    Born in El Khnansa, lives in Martigny
    Latifa Echakhch
  • List of works on display Candeğer Furtun
    Born in Istanbul, lives in Istanbul
    Candeğer Furtun
  • List of works on display Mirak Jamal
    Born in Tehran, lives in Berlin
    Mirak Jamal
  • List of works on display Kim Heecheon
    Born in Seoul, lives in Seoul
    Kim Heecheon
  • List of works on display Fernando Lanhas
    Born in Porto, died in Porto
    Fernando Lanhas
  • List of works on display Victor Leguy
    Born in Sao Paulo, lives in Sao Paulo
    Victor Leguy
  • List of works on display Klara Lidén
    Born in Stockholm, lives in Berlin
    Klara Lidén
  • List of works on display Henrik Olesen
    Born in Esbjerg, lives in Berlin
    Henrik Olesen
  • List of works on display Lydia Ourahmane
    Born in Saida, lives in Oran and London
    Lydia Ourahmane
  • List of works on display Rayyane Tabet
    Born in Ashquot, lives in Beirut
    Rayyane Tabet
  • List of works on display Young-Jun Tak
    Born in Seoul, lives in Berlin
    Young-Jun Tak
  • List of works on display Kaari Upson
    Born in San Bernadino, California, lives in Los Angeles, California
    Kaari Upson
  • List of works on display Kemang Wa Lehulere
    Born in Cape Town, lives in Cape Town
    Kemang Wa Lehulere
  • List of works on display Yonamine
    Born in Luanda, lives in Harare
    Yonamine
  • List of works on display Xiao Yu
    Born in Inner Mongolia, lives in Beijing
    Xiao Yu

Pera Museum

Pera Museum was originally built by architect Achille Manoussos as Hotel Bristol in 1893. Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation founded the Pera Museum after the Neoclassical building’s renovation in 2005. Located just off İstiklal Caddesi, this private foundation museum has three large collections: Orientalist Paintings, Anatolian Weights and Measures, and Kütahya Tiles and Ceramics. The first two floors house selected works from these collections. The 15th Istanbul Biennial presents work by sixteen artists on
the top three floors of the museum, with two additional works displayed within the museum’s Orientalist Painting collection.

The museum’s curatorial team has put together a film programme responding to the Biennial’s title – ‘a good neighbour’ – which is screened at scheduled times in the auditorium in the museum’s basement. Parts of the Biennial’s public programme take place in collaboration with the educational team of Pera Museum.

Pera Museum

Asmalı Mescit Neighbourhood
Meşrutiyet St. No: 65
34430 Beyoğlu, Istanbul

Open every day
except Monday through
16 September – 12 November
from 10.00 to 19.00 on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
from 10.00 to 22.00 on Friday
from 12.00 to 18.00 on Sunday

Artists exhibiting at this venue

  • List of works on display Adel Abdessemed
    Born in Constantine, lives between London and Paris, France
    Adel Abdessemed
  • List of works on display Njideka Akunyili Crosby
    Born in Enugu, lives in Los Angeles, California
    Njideka Akunyili Crosby
  • List of works on display Alejandro Almanza Pereda
    Born in Mexico City, lives in Guadalajara
    Alejandro Almanza Pereda
  • List of works on display Burçak Bingöl
    Born in Giresun, lives in Istanbul
    Burçak Bingöl
  • List of works on display Monica Bonvicini
    Born in Venice, lives in Berlin
    Monica Bonvicini
  • List of works on display Louise Bourgeois
    Born in Paris, died in New York, NY
    Louise Bourgeois
  • List of works on display Berlinde De Bruyckere
    Born in Ghent, lives in Ghent
    Berlinde De Bruyckere
  • List of works on display Vajiko Chachkhiani
    Born in Tbilisi, lives in Berlin
    Vajiko Chachkhiani
  • List of works on display Gözde İlkin
    Born in Istanbul, lives in Istanbul
    Gözde İlkin
  • List of works on display Liliana Maresca
    Born in Buenos Aires, died in Buenos Aires
    Liliana Maresca
  • List of works on display Lee Miller
    Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, died in Chiddingly, East Sussex
    Lee Miller
  • List of works on display Aude Pariset
    Born in Versailles, lives in Berlin
    Aude Pariset
  • List of works on display Sim Chi Yin
    Born in Singapore, lives in Beijing
    Sim Chi Yin
  • List of works on display Dayanita Singh
    Born in New Delhi, lives in New Delhi
    Dayanita Singh
  • List of works on display Tatiana Trouvé
    Born in Cosenza, lives in Paris
    Tatiana Trouvé
  • List of works on display Tsang Kin-Wah
    Born in Shantou, lives in Hong Kong
    Tsang Kin-Wah
  • List of works on display Andra Ursuta
    Born in Salonta, lives in New York, NY
    Andra Ursuta
  • List of works on display Fred Wilson
    Born in New York, NY, lives in New York, NY
    Fred Wilson

ARK Kültür

ARK Kültür, located close to Istanbul Modern and Galata Greek Primary School, was originally built as a family home. The house has been inhabited by various different families throughout the decades. During the 1970s and 1980s, an Italian antique dealer transformed the building into an eclectic, ornate living space, but the house was redone in Bauhaus style in 2008 by its current owner, the architect Gülfem Köseoğlu. She also converted the building into an exhibition and cultural space.

ARK Kültür displays a single artist’s work over all three floors, in the style of a fictional ‘house museum’.

ARK Kültür

Kılıçali Paşa Neighbourhood
Batarya St. No: 2
34430 Cihangir, Beyoğlu, Istanbul

Open every day
except Monday through
16 September – 12 November
from 10.00 to 18.00

Artists exhibiting at this venue

  • List of works on display Mahmoud Khaled
    Born in Alexandria, lives in Trondheim
    Mahmoud Khaled

Galata Greek Primary School

Galata Greek Primary School, located in Karaköy and in close proximity to Istanbul Modern, was built in the Neoclassical architectural style in the late nineteenth century. The school was one of the main educational locations for children of Greek descent in Istanbul for over a century. Due to a decrease in the Greek population of Istanbul in the second half of the twentieth century, the school officially closed its doors in 2007. A recurring venue of the Istanbul Biennial, the building has a special significance due to its legacy as a school, a place for learning and knowledge and a key institution in any residential neighbourhood.

Fifteen artists are showing their work at the Galata Greek Primary School, each with an individual space, in classrooms, hallways, stairway landings, the former ballroom and the attic.

The Galata Greek Primary School library runs an ongoing educational programme, which continues throughout the exhibition period.

Galata Greek Primary School

Kılıçali Paşa Neighbourhood
Kemeraltı St. No: 49
34425 Galata, Beyoğlu, Istanbul

Open every day
except Monday through
16 September – 12 November
from 10.00 to 18.00

Artists exhibiting at this venue

  • List of works on display Heba Y. Amin
    Born in Cairo, lives in Berlin
    Heba Y. Amin
  • List of works on display Mark Dion
    Born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, lives in New York, NY
    Mark Dion
  • List of works on display Jonah Freeman & Justin Lowe
    Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Dayton, Ohio, both live in New York, NY
    Jonah Freeman & Justin Lowe
  • List of works on display Kasia Fudakowski
    Born in London, lives in Berlin
    Kasia Fudakowski
  • List of works on display Pedro Gómez-Egaña
    Born in Bucaramanga, lives between Bergen and Copenhagen
    Pedro Gómez-Egaña
  • List of works on display Lungiswa Gqunta
    Born in Port Elizabeth, lives in Cape Town
    Lungiswa Gqunta
  • List of works on display Andrea Joyce Heimer
    Born in Great Falls, Montana, lives in Ferndale, Washington
    Andrea Joyce Heimer
  • List of works on display Morag Keil & Georgie Nettell
    Born in Edinburgh and Bedford, both live in London
    Morag Keil & Georgie Nettell
  • List of works on display Olaf Metzel
    Born in Berlin, lives in Munich
    Olaf Metzel
  • List of works on display Mahmoud Obaidi
    Born in Baghdad, lives in Burlington, Ontario
    Mahmoud Obaidi
  • List of works on display Erkan Özgen
    Born in Mardin, lives in Diyarbakır
    Erkan Özgen
  • List of works on display Leander Schönweger
    Born in Meran, lives in Vienna
    Leander Schönweger
  • List of works on display Dan Stockholm
    Born in Thisted, lives in Copenhagen
    Dan Stockholm
  • List of works on display Ali Taptık
    Born in Istanbul, lives in Istanbul
    Ali Taptık
  • List of works on display Bilal Yılmaz
    Born in Manisa, lives in Istanbul
    Bilal Yılmaz

Yoğunluk Artist Atelier

As part of the 15th Istanbul Biennial, a participating local artist collective has redesigned their atelier, a former apartment in the Beyoğlu neighbourhood, close to Pera Museum. The atelier is situated on the fourth floor of a building on a busy restaurant street, and welcomes small groups of viewers on a timed viewing schedule due to the scale and the dimly lit nature of the site-specific installation.

Yoğunluk Artist Atelier

Asmalı Mescit Neighbourhood
Asmalı Mescit St. No: 23/18 4th floor
34430 Beyoğlu, Istanbul

Open every day
except Monday through
16 September – 12 November
from 10.00 to 18.00

Artists exhibiting at this venue

  • List of works on display Yoğunluk
    Founded in Istanbul, live in Istanbul
    Yoğunluk

Küçük Mustafa Paşa Hammam

Küçük Mustafa Paşa Hammam is located in the Fatih residential neighbourhood across the Golden Horn. While it is the site furthest away from the other venues, it remains within walking distance. Constructed in 1477, the disused hammam is one of the oldest Turkish baths in Istanbul and reflects some of the key traditional features and social structures of the Ottoman period.

While the larger ‘male’ section of the hammam was a site for the 14th Istanbul Biennial, the recently renovated ‘female’ section is this year used as an exhibition space for the first time. Two artists have worked specifically with the interior of each of their sections, and a specially developed dance performance takes place at scheduled times within the ‘male’ part of the hammam.

Küçük Mustafa Paşa Hammam

Yavuz Sultan Selim Neighbourhood
Müstantik St. No: 23-35
34083 Fatih, Istanbul

Open every day
except Monday through
16 September – 12 November
from 10.00 to 18.00

Artists exhibiting at this venue

  • List of works on display Monica Bonvicini
    Born in Venice, lives in Berlin
    Monica Bonvicini
  • List of works on display Stephen G. Rhodes
    Born in Houston, Texas, lives in Berlin
    Stephen G. Rhodes
  • List of works on display Tuğçe Tuna
    Born in Mons, lives in Istanbul
    Tuğçe Tuna
Venues

Istanbul Modern

Kılıçali Paşa Neighbourhood
Meclis-i Mebusan St.
34433 Tophane, Beyoğlu, Istanbul

Pera Museum

Asmalı Mescit Neighbourhood
Meşrutiyet St. No: 65
34430 Beyoğlu, Istanbul

ARK Kültür

Kılıçali Paşa Neighbourhood
Batarya St. No: 2
34430 Cihangir, Beyoğlu, Istanbul

Galata Greek Primary School

Kılıçali Paşa Neighbourhood
Kemeraltı St. No: 49
34425 Galata, Beyoğlu, Istanbul

Yoğunluk Artist Atelier

Asmalı Mescit Neighbourhood
Asmalı Mescit St. No: 23/18 4th floor
34430 Beyoğlu, Istanbul

Küçük Mustafa Paşa Hammam

Yavuz Sultan Selim Neighbourhood
Müstantik St. No: 23-35
34083 Fatih, Istanbul