The Istanbul Modern Art Museum is a museum opened on the Golden Horn in 2005. Istanbul Modern Art Museum, which is one of the most distinguished museums of our country, is the place where the most beautiful examples of Turkish modern art are exhibited from the 20th century.
A large part of the collection exhibited in the museum belongs to Eczacıbaşı Family, the founder of the museum. In the museum, abstract paintings, landscape paintings, black and white works, sculptures and photographs can be seen. The Istanbul Biennial is one of the most important objects that come to mind in the context of the Istanbul Modern Art Museum. The building has been transformed into a museum after having hosted the biennial. This space, which stands for modernism in the sense of museology, is attracting permanent exhibitions as well as temporary exhibitions. It is also possible to observe artifacts in the cinema within the museum. Istanbul Modern Art Museum or Istanbul Modern for short is Turkey’s first modern art museum.
The museum, founded by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) on the initiative of the Eczacıbaşı family. It was opened in 2004.
It is located between the Mimar Sinan University Fine Arts Faculty and Tophane-i Amire at the port of Karaköy. Istanbul Modern, T.C. For the Maritime Businesses, a dry cargo store has been constructed with the transformation of the 4th warehouse building into a museum. The building, which was hosted by the 8th International Istanbul Biennial held in 2003, was allocated as a museum by the prime minister Tayyip Erdoğan and on 11 December 2004 on the request for the completion of the construction before 17 December which will be given the date of the negotiations for Turkey’s EU membership to Turkey. Te has been opened to service. Currently, Rosa Martinez is the chief curator of Istanbul Modern.
The seeds of Istanbul Modern were laid in 1987 at the 1st International Contemporary Art Exhibitions in the International Istanbul Biennial. The founder of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, who was influenced by the interest and dynamism that Istanbul has brought to Istanbul’s art scene, Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı took action to establish a permanent modern art museum in Istanbul. After a long search in the Golden Horn, Feshane, the 19th century industrial area, was transformed into a contemporary art museum. The building was hosted by the 3rd Istanbul Biennial in 1991, but the long term project was not realized.
The region surrounding the Golden Horn of the Bosphorus has served as a natural harbor for thousands of years, combining the city with other trade and cultural centers around the world. In the 13th century, various Latin colonies began to establish ports in this region. One of these was the Genoese port that created the Galata district where the Tophane neighborhood was located. By the 17th century, the Tophane dockshad become the main port for ships from Europe.