Famed art mu­seum ush­ers in new era

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - World -

IS­TAN­BUL — It’s a busy af­ter­noon at Is­tan­bul Mod­ern, Turkey’s pre­mier mod­ern art mu­seum, and the gallery is packed with vis­i­tors tak­ing self­ies or dis­cussing the art­works in hushed tones.

Some pause in front of a mas­sive can­vas by cel­e­brated Ger­man artist Anselm Kiefer, while oth­ers look in amaze­ment at a mas­ter­piece by Turk­ish ab­stract painter Fahrel­nissa Zeid or gasp at iconic black and white im­ages of old Is­tan­bul by leg­endary lo­cal pho­tog­ra­pher Ara Guler.

Since open­ing in 2004, Is­tan­bul Mod­ern, spec­tac­u­larly sit­u­ated on the Bosporus with a view of the Ot­toman-era Top­kapi Palace, has be­come a sym­bol of 21st cen­tury Is­tan­bul, open to out­side in­flu­ences but proud of its past.

But within a few days of the visit, all the art­works will have been taken down, care­fully cat­a­loged and put into pro­tec­tive cases.

The build­ing, a mar­itime ware­house known as An­trepo No 4 in Turk­ish and beloved by many Is­tan­bu­lites since the mu­seum’s open­ing, will be de­mol­ished.

How­ever, it will not be the end for Is­tan­bul Mod­ern.

Af­ter clos­ing its doors on March 18, the mu­seum will re­open in a his­toric man­sion in the cen­tral Beyo­glu district in May.

The man­sion will be a tem­po­rary home un­til a new mu­seum is built on the site of the old Is­tan­bul Mod­ern to show­case its col­lec­tion to even greater ef­fect.

The new build­ing will be de­signed by Ital­ian ar­chi­tect

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