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Galeri Işık

Teşvikiye Caddesi 6, Nişantaşı, Istanbul

Mon–Sat: 10.00–20.00

On Teşvikiye Caddesi between Teşvikiye Mosque and City’s, the hideous shopping mall. If coming by taxi, it might be easier to get out at Brasserie, on Abdi İpekçi Caddesi, and walk up to Teşvikiye Caddesi from there. From the nearest metro is Osmanbey, the easiest walk is via the Pangaltı exit and Zafer Sokağı.

A 300-square-metre art space on Teşvikiye’s main drag, close to the Teşvikiye Mosque and directly opposite the old Teşvikiye Police Station and Alaeddin, the newsagent that features prominently in Orhan Pamuk’s Black Book. Founded by the Feyziye Mektepleri Foundation in 2008, it actually occupies the ground floor of the old Nişantaşı school, the Işık Lycée (which the foundation owns) – it is good that they are putting some culture back into the district. The school’s fathers destroyed the most magnificent palace to build something very Sixties and very dowdy.

The gallery hosts oftern very good short exhibitions (lasting anywhere from five days to a month), usually in collaboration with other organisations (whether cultural, educational or governmental). For example, the gallery opened its 2014 season by hosting the Polish graphic artist Agnieszka Cieślińska’s show Figuratio, in collaboration with the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Istanbul, the inaugural event in the celebrations marking the 600th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Poland and Turkey.

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