Istanbul Modern moves to temporary location
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Turkey’s first museum of modern and contemporary art moved to its temporary space on 18 March 2018. To make way for the construction of the new museum building, they will close the doors of their current building Antrepo #4, and begin their move to the historic Union Française building in Beyoğlu. The space is expected to open to the public in May.
According to Hurriyet Daily News, Renzo Piano’s architecture firm, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, was chosen to design Istanbul Modern’s new building, which will be constructed over the next three years in the center of the Galata Port development project, a $1.2 billion initiative that aims to transform the Galata Port area into a tourist destination.
The old Union Française building on Meşrutiyet Caddesi in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district was built by Alexandre Vallauri in 1896. It was projected and built for a French colony which had become an important group in civil life in Istanbul till the end of 19th century. The building faces two roads and is located between Meşrutiyet Caddesi at the front and Minare Sokak at the back. Vallauri transversely divided the lot into three parts, and designed the middle part as a big space, and two other parts on the sides as meeting rooms, library, and office function areas.
Funds for the Istanbul Modern’s new building are being provided by the institution’s founding sponsor, the Eczacıbaşı Group, as well as a consortium behind the redevelopment project. Doğuş Group and Bilgili Holding are also backing the new facility.