The Istanbul Museum of Modern Art holds exhibitions of modern and contemporary art from Turkey and abroad on both floors of the museum building.

Selections from the Museum Collection are on view in the Permanent Exhibition Hall on the main floor. Collection exhibitions are changed periodically to demonstrate the great variety of artistic media employed by artists from Turkey since the early 20th century. Informative texts in the galleries outline the main features and evolution of modern and contemporary art in Turkey. Additionally, selected works by artists from other geographies are grouped around intersecting themes with works from Turkey to present a cross section of contemporary art around the world.

On the ground floor, two or three temporary exhibitions are on view simultaneously in the Temporary Exhibition Hall, Photography Gallery, and Pop-Up Exhibition Area. The Temporary Exhibition Hall hosts conceptual exhibitions of modern and contemporary art and retrospectives of artists in Turkey. Comprehensive global and regional exhibitions on current issues in visual arts are also held in this hall. The Photography Gallery presents group exhibitions exploring the evolution of photography in Turkey and abroad and the impact of art movements on photography, as well as exhibitions of prominent photographers from Turkey and other geographies. The Pop-Up Exhibition Area has a dynamic program of exhibitions and programs on visual culture, including architecture, design, moving image and new media.