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The opening of the Koç Foundation’s new space on İstiklâl Caddesi (at the Tünel end) in 2010 was a game changer for art in the city. Dubbed a ‘space for art’, ARTER showcases works from the Koç Foundation’s collection of modern art, as well as specially commissioned works and some of the most powerful and exciting temporary exhibitions in the city. The three-storey space undergoes (often exhaustive) makeovers to specifically suit the exhibition du jour.
Standouts have included retrospective shows from Young British Artists such as Marc Quinn (2014) and Mat Collishaw (2013); group show Envy, Enmity, Embarrassment (2013); the first solo show in Turkey of Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum (2012); an exhibition of Flemish artist Berlinde De Bruyckerea’s fleshy sculptures (2012); a multi-disciplinary show from Australian artist Patricia Piccinini (2011); and an exhibition of video artist Kutluğ Ataman’s ‘talking portraits’ (2011). ARTER also served as one of the venues for the 13th Istanbul Biennial in 2013.
Arter has moved to its new building in 2019, which marks the 50th anniversary of the Foundation. Ready to reopen its doors in Istanbul’s Dolapdere district on 13 September, Arter will strive to be a sustainable, vibrant cultural hub, making its broad range of programmes accessible to everyone. Arter’s new building has 18,000 square meters of indoor area and houses, in addition to exhibition galleries, a terrace, performance halls, learning areas, a library, a conservation laboratory, an arts bookstore, and a café.
Arter’s inaugural programme features seven exhibitions in total, four of them drawn from its collection that comprises more than 1,300 works as of 2019.
Arter will also present a multi-disciplinary events programme featuring outstanding and innovative examples of performing arts, classical, contemporary and electronic music, film, performance and digital arts, putting them in dialogue with the collection and exhibitions where possible. The events are not limited to Arter’s two performance halls, the Sevgi Gönül Auditorium and Karbon, but also held in different parts/spaces of the building. Collaborating with local and international artists, curators and various institutions, Arter also commissions and co-produces new works.
Arter’s Film Programme will include regular weekly screenings in addition to retrospectives focused either on a theme or a director as well as comprehensive presentations enriched with talks and parallel events. The Learning Programme will present processes and activities that aspire to interpreting our times through art. Providing grounds for everyone to enjoy creative processes, the programme aims to facilitate dialogue around contemporary art through exploring the interrelationships between its multiple contexts, the audience’s daily lives and imaginations.