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ISTANBUL’74

Kemankes Caddesi, Galata Sarap Iskelesi Sokak, Süha Fazlı Han No.8 D.3, Karaköy

Mon–Sat: 10.00–19.00

From Taksim, take the funicular to Kabataş, then the tram to the Karaköy stop, from where it is a five-minute walk


Located in Karaköy, Istanbul’s gallery hub, ISTANBUL’74, was founded by Demet Müftüoglu-Eseli and Alphan Eseli in 2009.

Its main purpose is to cultivate platforms that connect Istanbul to the international cultural scene. To do this, the art space engages in a range of activities including cultural events, festivals, workshops, exhibitions and artistic collaborations. It has also been hosting the annual three-day Istanbul International Arts and Culture Festival (IST.Fest) since 2010.

The main disciplines ISTANBUL’74 is concerned with are fashion, film, photography, music, design, architecture and the performing arts. The curated exhibitions have focused on a variety of established and international contemporary artists working within these artistic areas. Sometimes the exhibitions (and other events) travel to other cities and the idea is to establish new partnerships and pathways between cities. For example, ISTANBUL’74 designed and produced the book Dice Kayek: Istanbul Contrast and hosted its launch in November 2013 at the The Arts Club in London. One month later, Dice Kayek won the V&A Museum Jameel Prize.

Other notable exhibitions have included a showcase of photographs of pop-culture icons by the Dutch duo Inez & Vinoodh in 2013 and an exhibition of Tracey Emin in 2011.

A second branch opened in Galatasaray in 2014.


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