(The route is recommended by collector & art patron Leyla Alaton and the tour is led by local contemporary artists like Seza Bali or Sena Basöz)
As more Turkish galleries start exhibiting at international art fairs and Turkish artists receiving international recognition, the Turkish art scene is thriving.
We have created a quiet satisfactory route for those who are ready to spend an entire day exploring this exciting scene.
Start your day with a refreshing homemade lemonade at Changa, which is located right by the private Sabanci Museum. The museum, located in the residential neighborhood of Emirgan along the Bosphorus, is the former house of Sakip Sabanci, leading Turkish industrialist.
Right after Sabanci Museum, you will find yourself at the Borusan Contemporary Art Gallery at Perili Köşk (only on the weekends since this space is part of the office of this well-known Turkish company).
From Borusan, which is located in Rumeli Hisarı neighborhood, you can take a nice stroll (might be our favorite one in the city) to Bebek, where you can have a coffee break by the Bosphorus at a local coffee shop.
The museum sheds light on the history and development of Turkish art in the 20th century with her permanent collection. Istanbul Modern also houses contemporary art exhibitions as well.
From here, you’ll make your way to Karaköy where you will have a delicious lunch stop at Colonie, locals‘ favorite and continue on to see the exhibition at Art Sümer. You can then make your way up to Istiklal Avenue where more art galleries wait for you.
You will stroll through the neighborhoods of Beyoğlu and visit contemporary art galleries that feature both Turkish and international artists. Galeri Nev, ARTER and SALT Beyoğlu on Istiklal Avenue and The Empire Project in Cihangir will be some of the highlights.
Please note that not all galleries may have ongoing exhibitions at the same day. Your guide will make a selection for the day, if there is a specific gallery you would like to visit please notify us ahead of time.