The UK’s leading broadcasting company BBC has focused on Istanbul Modern in its cultural series “Heart of Turkey”. Prepared by Nikki Bedi, the story emphasizes how Istanbul Modern has played a pioneering role in making Turkey an increasingly permanent player on the international art map, where it was once not so prominent.
In the story broadcast on October 13 on BBC Television and website, Nikki Bedi speaks with Istanbul Modern curator Çelenk Bafra on how Turkey’s first and biggest museum of modern and contemporary art has become a top international art destination in only 10 years. Mentioning Istanbul Modern’s role in transforming the art of Turkey and changing how contemporary art is perceived, Bafra also draws attention to the international scope of the exhibitions held at Istanbul Modern.
Bedi underlines the conviction and sense of adventure of Istanbul Modern as a museum that has put Turkey on the international art map, and adds that Istanbul Modern is not afraid to feature works that are at times difficult and even provocative.
The program mentions that beforea former customs warehouse opened in 2004 as the Istanbul Modern, Turkey was not known for contemporary art. Emphasis is placed on how “The new museum changed everything: it is now home to the Istanbul Biennial and the heart of a bustling art district in the Karaköy area”.
Istanbul Modern, Turkey’s first museum of modern and contemporary art, has moved to its temporary space in Beyoğlu, where it hosts all exhibitions and events until its new building in Karaköy is completed. Museum’s temporary space, a historical building in Beyoğlu, houses the museum’s collection and temporary exhibition halls, photography gallery, educational and social programs, library, cinema, cafe, and store.
Meşrutiyet Caddesi, No:99
34430 Beyoğlu – Istanbul/Turkey