Art in Istanbul: Beyoğlu Art Galleries
  • 14.07.2020
  • İstanbul

Art in Istanbul: Beyoğlu Art Galleries

It is not a coincidence that most of important art galleries or exhibition halls in Istanbul are located in Beyoğlu. Beyoğlu, with its touristic structures and streets that mirror the history, inevitably with its inspiring texture is one of the centers of art. That is why, Beyoğlu art galleries are the must-visit places for art lovers who travel to Istanbul or want to explore it… In this article, where we include several representatives of contemporary art, you can also explore Beyoğlu art galleries.


Arter was located in Istiklal Street from 2010 till 2018 and moved to Dolapdere in 2019. It draws attention among the art galleries in Beyoğlu with its layered architecture and versatile experience it offers. Arter, combining all aspects of contemporary art for art lovers with its complex structure, besides exhibitions, it includes many disciplines from film screenings to music events, from performing arts to workshops. Arter events organized within the scope of both current and timeless themes, besides encouraging art consumption, also encourage productivity through learning programs. Arter, where art lovers also include contemporary art publications that they can examine according to their interests and education, is also worth exploring. You can also participate in Arter's constantly updated events every day, except Monday, between 11:00 and 17:00.


SALT located in Azapkapı Bankalar Caddesi, SALT Beyoğlu located in Galata and Istiklal Avenue meet art lovers in two different buildings, undoubtedly represent two of the most popular Beyoğlu art galleries. SALT's artistic activities that appeal to a wide audience consisting of interviews with famous artists, contemporary art exhibitions, conferences and workshops; is one of the features that increase awareness. SALT's artistic activities that appeal to a wide audience consisting of interviews with famous artists, contemporary art exhibitions, conferences and workshops; is one of the features that increase awareness. SALT Galata with its magnificent architecture dating back to the 1800s and SALT Beyoğlu as an architectural example of the 1950s, attract attention with its buildings that carry the orientalist identity of Beyoğlu to the present day. You can visit SALT Beyoğlu, characterized by food and plant-themed culture reviews and open cinema and SALT Galata with its large-capacity auditorium and Robinson Crusoe 389 bookstore every day of the week.

Anna Laudel Contemporary

One of the best things that can be noticed about Anna Laudel Contemporary is that it represents artists on international scale and supports them in Turkey. Anna Laudel Contemporary opened by Dusseldorf business woman Anna Laudel in Karaköy hosts photographs, sculptures and ceramics of local and foreign artists, reflecting their contemporary art understanding. The gallery, which allows artists to exchange ideas about new projects, on the other hand, offers an extraordinary experience for art lovers with its exhibitions with special concepts. Danish design brand jewelry monies originating in Turkey assumed the representation Anna Laudel Contemporary, is also one of the art galleries of Beyoğlu, where many foreign curators opened their first exhibition. It is possible to visit the gallery, located in a five-storey historical building, by appointment between 12:00 and 19:00 every day except Monday.

Labirent Sanat

Labirent Sanat, which was born out of the idea of creating a suitable environment for artists to express their perspectives on contemporary art production freely, provides an opportunity for art lovers to discover creative ideas. Labirent Sanat where there are exhibitions designed in the triangle of sculpture, painting and photography, presents the personal works of the artists to the attention of art lovers in the fairly decorated exhibition areas. The gallery, which also includes such activities as exhibition tours and interviews with artists, is open to visitors every day between 11:00 and 19:00 except Sundays and Mondays.

Schneidertempel Art Gallery

Schneidertempel building operating as a synagogue in the 19th century, is one of the art galleries in Beyoğlu where exhibitions expressing the multicultural structure of Istanbul take place today. Ethnic communities and forms of belief constitute the main theme of the Schneidertempel Art Gallery, where mostly humorous elements and cartoon works are exhibited. In this gallery, where a historical connection has been established between the religious past of the place and contemporary art, besides caricature works, the subjects bearing traces from the past photography such as painting and sculpture exhibitions are also opened. Schneidertempel Art Gallery, located in Karaköy Bankalar Caddesi, accepts visitors between 11:00 and 18:00, except Mondays and Tuesdays.

Galeri Nev İstanbul

Among the longest working art galleries in Turkey Galeri Nev Istanbul,has been continuing its existence as one of the art centers that have directed contemporary art since its establishment in 1987. Gallery where the careers of such Turkey's leading artists as Canan Tolon and İnci Eviner has started, also creates an opportunity for young generations to produce and exhibit their art. Gallery Nev Istanbul, where mostly art exhibitions are organized, is followed with great interest by art lovers with a wide range of art publications consisting of English and Turkish sources. You can visit Galeri Nev Istanbul, one of the oldest Beyoğlu art galleries, between 11:00 and 18:30 every day except Sunday and Monday.

PG Art Gallery

PG Art Gallery, which was established in 1993 in Bebek, and later moved to the historical Çukurcuma district and became one of the most valuable Beyoğlu art galleries, conveys the most special examples of contemporary art from past to present to art lovers. The gallery, which aims to support young artists and therefore leads the exhibition of independent works, offers a perfect environment for art lovers to interpret original and memorizing works of art. Besides the exhibitions, the visit schedule of PG Art Gallery, which gives opportunity to explore experimental projects with Pg Pop Up and Pg Basement programs, is between 11:00 and 19:00 every day except Monday.