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A look at Turkey's Art Galleries (both big and small)

25th June 2015

Turkey as you may know is a country rich in culture and you’ll find a variety of monuments to Turkish art scattered throughout Turkey. This ranges from the ancient remains of sculpture and architectural works found in Turkey’s numerous ruin sites, to the vast art collections housed in Turkey’s museums and galleries. 

Exploring the art of Turkey is a richly rewarding experience that will give you a deeper insight into the history of Turkey. Plus you’ll also get the opportunity to marvel at some of the most fascinating and wondrous works of art on earth.
So for all you art lovers out there let’s take a look at some of the best Turkish galleries and art houses to visit.

Antalya Museum

The Antalya museum is one of the most well-known museums in Turkey its prime location isn’t the only reasons for this. The Antalya Museum is located in the Konyaalti district of Antalya and is close to a number of ruin sites so apart from seeing the many fine works of art on display at the museum itself, you also have the chance to visit some of the many ruins sites located close by.
The Antalya museum features a number of marvellous ever changing exhibits and a wide variety of beautiful pieces of art. It’s most famous exhibit is the Hall of Gods room, the room is adorned with 16 statues of Ancient Roman gods and goddesses and they are prime examples of some of the most wondrous Turkish art.

Istanbul Modern

Found on the shores of the Bosphorus is the Istanbul Modern one of if not the most contemporary of Turkish galleries. This former warehouse is notable for its permanent exhibition that takes visitors through a history of modern Turkish art.
There’s also many international art shows and exhibitions held at the Istanbul Modern and it also houses a very popular restaurant so you can enjoy a top quality meal after spending a day admiring the wonderful art work.

Galerist and Galeri Nev

These two interesting galleries are actually neighbours and both are housed in the same apartment block. Located in Beyoğlu district of Istanbul these two galleries offer distinctive art experiences. Galerist is located on the roof of the apartment and offers a wide variety of exciting and interesting exhibitions including: fashion photography projects and a wide assortment of paintings. But its main attraction is chic bar and club so why not enjoy a drink with friends while admiring the art.
Galeri Nev is found on the fifth floor of the apartment that houses its neighbour Galerist, unlike Galerist Galeri Nev is a more traditional art gallery with a variety of exhibitions ranging from drawings and paintings to outlandish sculptures.  

The Pera Museum

The Pera Museum is located in an old mansion found in Meşrutiyet Caddesi, in the Tepebaşı district. Don’t let its’ small size fool you, there’s plenty to see and the museum is full of wondrous works of art that will no doubt be of great interest to art enthusiasts.
The museum houses an ever changing art exhibition and includes fantastic examples of textiles and pottery. There’s also regular screenings of classic foreign films and if you’re lucky you just might see one of the famous travelling exhibitions at the museum so you may can the chance to see works from famous artists like Picasso up close. 

These are just a few examples of some of the wonderful art outlets scattered throughout Turkey, from ruin sites, to museums and galleries and even apartment blocks. Art is everywhere in Turkey and you’ll know doubt come back from your trip with a deeper appreciation for it and more in-depth knowledge of it. 




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