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“A modern touch in a traditional city” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Istanbul Modern Museum

Istanbul Modern Museum
Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi | Liman Isletmeleri Sahasi Antrepo No: 4, Istanbul 34433 , Turkey
(90-212) 334 7300
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Ranked #19 of 503 Attractions in Istanbul
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Temporary and permanent exhibition halls, photography gallery, cinema hall, video art area and new media art area make up the platform that presents diverse forms of art that can be experienced at Istanbul Modern in addition to an arts library, a shop that combines design with art and its cafe and restaurant that offers its visitors a fantastic view of Istanbul.
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“A modern touch in a traditional city”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 NEW

All in all a decent modern art museum. Thing is that its "direct competitors" are museums like the moma of ny,of tokyo and of london which set too high a bar.
It has a collection of many turkish modern artists, focusing mostly on expressionism exhibits. I don't know if it was a temporary exhibition. The ground floor has a very nice exhibition about the history of turkish cinema. Quite interesting.
It's a rather small museum,only took us about two hours to go through the whole thing.
It's gonna be a nicer museum probably when they finish constructing their new buildings

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“My favourite non-historical place in Istanbul”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

I visited Istanbul for the 4th time (and definitely coming back) this December.

We have seen all the tourist places so far - so we planned to see some new places. We got recommendation from our local friends about Istanbul Modern.

We came around 3pm (tough party last night) and at first enjoyed few sunbeams on the amazing terrace (Istanbul Modern Restaurant).

The lower floor the Istanbul Modern was closed due to some event last night, so we only took a guided tour of the permanent exhibition - and I must say, despite the fact I am not a big lover of modern art (visiting MOMA in US was a real pain for me), Istanbul Modern has a lot to offer to anyone.

Most of the pieces are not part of the modern abstract art (which I really dont like), but there are many beautiful paintings from the post-Ottoman era. I must strongly recommend to go with organized tour - we heard many interesting stories about the "behind the courtains" things.

Some paintings were really lame, but the guide told us what is the reason why they are in the gallery - there was always some strong reason, which made part of the modern turkish art mosaic.

The walk took us around 2hrs - but apart from the paintings / photographs / video installation, we also heard many interesting stories from the modern Turkish history. I must also highlight the possibility to understand, how the people work in the gallery with blind kids - definitely ask for this opportunity (to hear how they do the exhibitions for them) - I dont want to spoil it now for you.

I must strongly recommend visiting Istanbul in the winter - the weather was more than pleasant - around 16 - 17 C during the day with lots of sun and there was definitely less tourists then during top season months (so it was easier to go anywhere).

Visited December 2014
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“Worth the visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

A diverse display as expected. Well worth the visit if you are into art.

Would take an average person a bit over an hour to get around.

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“A highlight of our visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

If you have any interest in contemporary art this is a must see when you visit Istanbul. A great space with wonderful views over the Bosphorous. Also contains an interesting area dedicated to the history of turkish cinema.

Visited December 2014
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“Great space”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This art space is fairly small, but has some amazing works in it. Right down by the river, it is a great place to visit, check out the art, and then go for a stroll afterwards. Worth the stop.

Visited November 2014
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