Morning visit to the Istanbul Modern, founded by Oya and Bulent Eczacibasi and opened in December 2004, it is the motor fort he city’s recent engagement with contemporary art. It occupies one of the former Tophane customs houses constructed at the end of the 19th century near the confluence of the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. We proceed to the Silahtaraga Power Plant, the first power station built in Istanbul in theOttoman period, has been renovated by Istanbul Bilgi University and transformed into a centre for culture and art sunder the name of Santral Istanbul. The building, a striking structure at once historic and industrial, is located at the head of the Golden Horn. Covering an area of 118,000 square meters, it seems certain toraise Istanbul’s cultural profile world wide. A walking tour of three leading Contemporary Art Galleries in Beyoglu, Istanbul’s old European quarter, once known as Pera and now a vibrantly renewed cultural district, follows. Its elegant streets and Art Nouve autown houses are at the frontlines of a style invasion, hijacking traditional Ottoman designs for contemporary-cool textile sand house wares.
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