Istanbul Museum of Modern Art
Address: Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi Antrepo No. 4 Salıpazarı, Karaköy Beyoğlu
Phone: (0212) 334 7300
Web Site: www.istanbulmodern.org
Working Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00-18:00
Closed on Monday
Founded in 2004 in a converted warehouse in Tophane, this privately owned, non-profit museum, known as Istanbul Modern (İstanbul Modern Müzesi) for short, is the first of its kind in Istanbul to exhibit contemporary art.
The museum’s permanent exhibition contains a selection of paintings from the Eczacibasi family’s private collection as well as items from other private collections. In the past, temporary exhibitions have included solo artists and groups such as, Armenian Architects of Istanbul, as well as conceptually-themed exhibitions.
The grounds include a small sculpture garden and a little gallery for children. Even the staircase is a work of art in this museum - it is a piece by Italian artist Monica Bonvicini called “Stairway to Hell” hung with chains and a shattered glass pane that looks like the aftermath of a murderous attack.
The Cinema Center within the museum provides audiences with an alternative film screening platform, focusing on world cinema history and new talents in Turkish cinema; screenings at the Istanbul Modern Cinema Center are free with museum admission.
The museum also houses Istanbul Modern Cafe, a restaurant overlooking the Bosphorus that offers selections from Turkish and international cuisines.
Istanbul Modern has been an important catalyst for putting Turkish modern art on the map and has showcased the works of contemporary artists like Kutlug Ataman, Gulsun Karamustafa, Hale Tenger, Sarkis, Taner Ceylan, Hussein Chalayan, Leyla Gediz, Husamettin Kocan, Mithat Sen, and Ipek Duben. In addition, there have been exhibits by artists from earlier periods whose work puts Turkish art in an interesting perspective in relation to the general art scene of the 20th century, e.g. Abdulmecid Efendi (1868 – 1944), the son of Sultan Abdulaziz who ended his life in exile in Paris, and Fausto Zonara, the court painter to the sultans from 1854 - 1929.
You can plan your museum visit for you and your children by following the steps below:
You can choose beforehand which shows to see at Istanbul Modern the day you visit the museum.
You can learn about the theme, locations and length of the program Art en Famille and make reservations for the program in which you can participate with your children.
You can share with your children where Istanbul Modern is located, what kind of museum it is, its history, and what you can see at the museum.
You can explain rules such as not touching and taking photographs of the artworks in the museum and why.
You can explain to your children that museum viewers need quiet when contemplating artworks and that therefore you must take care not to speak loudly.
When touring the museum with your children before or after your art activity, you can refer to the tags of the works and the information on the walls. When viewing the works, you can ask your children to describe their surfaces, colors, materials and the like.
You can ask your children which work impressed them most, get them to interpret the works using their imagination, and ask them to share these interpretations.
You can learn about other activities carried out by the museum’s Education Department and make reservationsfor your future visits.
You can visit the Istanbul Modern Library and refer to publications on artists that are of interest to you and your children.
After your museum visit, together with your children you can assess the activity in which you participated.