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Istanbul Modern

Turkey’s first museum of modern arts

Istanbul Modern is significant as Turkey’s first museum of modern arts. Established by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) to elevate Turkey’s artistic creativity and cultural identity to national and international art scenes, the museum began receiving visitors on December 11, 2004. 


Galataport Istanbul, the veritable hub of culture, arts and design in the region, is also the home of Istanbul Modern. Istanbul Museum of Modern Arts is back to its own location with a program that includes exhibitions, film screenings and other events and more spacious exhibition areas in a new building designed by the Genoese Italian architect Renzo Piano, one of the world’s best in cultural structures. 


The museum has a large public square at the entrance, a café, bookstore and a library, as well as its “Discovery Area”, a special workshop and event venue developed in partnership with Centre Pompidou in Paris. 


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