Also known as just the Istanbul Modern, this collection of contemporary art was founded in 2004 and it is a beautiful place in Istanbul to get a break from all the ancient history and focus on something a little more modern.
Housed in an updated industrial warehouse down on the waterfront, the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art overlooks the Bosphorus and is filled with cutting-edge artwork from around the world.
The gallery holds a large permanent collection of work, and also hosts regularly changing temporary exhibits that can highlight artists, themes or certain kinds of artistic mediums. A recent exhibit displayed 50 years of wall graffiti, and another asked the question about what it meant to be “modern”.
True to the modern art form, there is a wide mix of different types of media on display so you can expect to see paintings, sculpture, photography and a lot of pieces that you can’t even describe. There is always something interesting to discover.
Overall, the facility spans over 2 floors and there is the usual gift shop and restaurant. To complete the modern art experience, there is also a library of books and art periodicals, as well as a small theatre that screens art documentaries (there is an extra 8 Lira ticket for the cinema).
Depending on how much you enjoy poring over modern art, you should plan to spend at least 2 hours at the Istanbul Modern.
Visiting the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art:
Location:On the pier, near the Nusretiye Mosque
Hours: Closed Mondays, open at 10am until evening for the rest of the week.
Official Website: http://www.istanbulmodern.org/