Ocula City Guide Istanbul Officially designated as European Capital of Culture in 2010, Istanbul is a city rich with culture, history and numerous cultural destinations. Istanbul's art venues range from sophisticated international style spaces to converted Ottoman warehouses. Contemporary galleries can be found in art districts including Nişantaşı; Beyoğlu and Akaretler. Istanbul Modern features temporary exhibitions of international contemporary artists as well as a collection of Turkish modern art. While ARTER - Space for Art and SALT are pioneering centers of the latest in Turkish contemporary art. The Istanbul Biennial, founded in 1987 is recognised as one of the most prestigious biennales in the world.
Istanbul Modern. Photograph by Arild Vågen.