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One of Istanbul’s most consistently excellent galleries, Rampa was founded in 2010 by Arif and Leyla Tara Suyabatmaz, who are also partners in the prestigious Suyabatmaz Demirel architecture firm which designed the gallery.
Situated in the midst of appetising eateries and exclusive boutiques in Akaretler in Beşiktaş, the gallery was formerly spread over two spaces: a smaller space at No 21 (next door to Kahve Dünyası) and the main all-white 900m2 space across the road at No 20. In 2017, the gallery closed their space at No 21 and exclusively staged exhibitions in their subterranean space at No 20. The gallery closed in 2017.
Rampa hosted eight to twelve exhibitions per year. The gallery was also concerned with building sustainable collaborations with curators, museums and cultural institutions, both locally and internationally.
The gallery’s roster was top-notch, with a mix of important established Turkish artists and some very promising fresh talent. Veterans include Gülsün Karamustafa, Cengiz Çekil, Selma Gürbüz and the late Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin. Mid-career artists include Vahap Avşar, Nevin Aladağ, CANAN, Hatice Güleryüz, İnci Furni and Ahmet Oran. Emerging artists include the talented Nilbar Güreş and Erinç Seymen.
The gallery also published artist monographs. So far, two have been published.