A New Space for Contemporary Art in Istanbul

A New Space for Contemporary Art in Istanbul


Installation view from “Starter”
Photo © Murat Germen

May 9, 2010

A New Space for Contemporary Art in Istanbul

Inaugural Show: “Starter”
Works from the Vehbi Koç Foundation
Contemporary Art Collection

8 May – 18 September 2010

Istiklal Caddesi No: 211
34433 Beyoğlu, Istanbul


ARTER – Space for Art, an initiative of the Vehbi Koç Foundation (VKF), opens with its inaugural exhibition Starter, curated by René Block and containing more than 160 works by 87 artists, presenting contemporary art from Turkey and abroad, all from the Vehbi Koç Foundation Contemporary Art Collection.

ARTER‘s programmes are created with the aim of encouraging production of contemporary artworks both nationally and internationally, providing a platform of visibility for artistic practices, especially in Turkey.

ARTER‘s salient feature will be its dedication and commitment to the encouragement of artistic production by providing a reliable and sustainable infrastructure to mostly Turkish but also international artists, in terms of new comissions, exhibitions, promotion and publications.

As a new art space in Istanbul, ARTER will provide an experimental and testing ground in preparation for the museum complex the Vehbi Koç Foundation envisions.

ARTER – Space for Art is housed in a historic building, comprising a basement and six floors, dating to 1910, restored beautifully and completed in June 2009 with an exhibition area of 864 m2 spread over four floors.

ARTER’s inaugural exhibition “Starter” curated by René Block, offers an art historical perspective from the 1960s to the present, gathering works by contemporary artists and by pioneers of contemporary art.

Starter: Works from the Vehbi Koç Foundation Contemporary Art Collection
Adel Abidin, Lene Adler Petersen, Nevin Aladağ, Halil Altındere, Lauri Astala, Fikret Atay, Ay-O, Maja Bajević, Joseph Beuys, Barbara Bloom, Claus Böhmler, George Brecht, KP Brehmer, Elina Brotherus, Stanley Brouwn, John Cage, Sophie Calle, Mircea Cantor, Olga Chernysheva, Giuseppe Chiari, Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová, Henning Christiansen, John Coplans, Cengiz Çekil, Braco Dimitrijević, Maria Eichhorn, Cevdet Erek, Ayşe Erkmen, Harun Farocki, Robert Filliou, Terry Fox, Dan Graham, Asta Gröting, Nilbar Güreş, Kristján Gudmundsson, Richard Hamilton, Al Hansen, Dick Higgins, Rebecca Horn, K.H. Hödicke, Joe Jones, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Šejla Kamerić, Aino Kannisto, Allan Kaprow, Gülsün Karamustafa, Diána Keller, William Kentridge, Alison Knowles, Servet Koçyiğit, Julius Koller, Jarosław Kozłowski, Arthur Köpcke, Konrad Lueg, George Maciunas, Walter Marchetti, Olaf Metzel, Mandana Moghaddam, Aydan Murtezaoğlu, Zoran Naskovski, Navid Nuur, Miklos Onucsan, Ahmet Öğüt, Erkan Özgen, Ebru Özseçen, Nam June Paik, Dan Perjovschi, Goran Petercol, Sigmar Polke, Sophia Pompéry, Diter Rot, Annette Ruenzler, Reiner Ruthenbeck, Michael Sailstorfer, Karin Sander, Carles Santos, Stuart Sherman, Serge Spitzer, Superflex, Bülent Şangar, Cengiz Tekin, Endre Tót, Nasan Tur, Ben Vautier, Wolf Vostell, Emmett Williams, Maaria Wirkkala

Vehbi Koç Foundation
Founded in 1969, the VKF began its activities in the arts with the Sadberk Hanım Museum, Turkey’s first private museum. Since 2007, VKF has extended its activities to contemporary art. Among these are TANAS, a project space for contemporary art from Turkey, which was opened in Berlin in 2008; the “Adventure İstiklal” exhibition series held at Yapı Kredi Kazım Taşkent Art Gallery – Istanbul and the support provided to the publication of the artist monographs that accompany this series, the exhibition entitled “Tactics of Invisibility” and the pavilion project entitled “The Morning Line, İstanbul” both in partnership with TBA21, Vienna.

The institutional contemporary art collection, funded and managed by the Vehbi Koç Foundation, has been instigated in 2007 by Mr. Ömer M. Koç, an avid collector of contemporary art himself, with the objective of forming the backbone of a future contemporary art museum in Istanbul, currently in the process of planning.

ARTER Opening Hours
Tuesday–Thursday 11:00–19:00
Friday–Sunday 12:00–20:00
Free entrance.

For more information:
T: + 90 212 243 37 67
F: + 90 212 292 07 90
E: info@arter.org.tr


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