A surprise for anybody who thought there was no such thing as contemporary art in Turkey.
The appearance is unusual, but the contents are attractive: The first private museum of Turkish contemporary art in Istanbul is housed in storage depot no. four at the old port. Spread over an area of 8000 m², it contains outstanding examples of contemporary Turkish art, ranging from paintings and photography to visual arts and video installations, from the 19th century to the present day. Opened in 2004, many view the Istanbul Modern as the successor to the MoMA and other great establishments - which is why the range of different exhibitions enjoy international standing. A book shop and café by the quayside add the finishing touch.