A museum is a home for art. It provides an alternative to the forces of consumption and production that we experience in our daily lives. As well as serving to protect, document, and exhibit art, a museum also feels like a spiritual place where art can live and breathe. Art knits together a complex web of relationships, aside from the chronological, thematic, and stylistic approaches that characterize exhibitions. A museum is the point where the viewer and the artist intersect. It is a safe haven where art can establish itself.
New Works, New Horizons presents the evolution of modern and contemporary Turkish art from its earliest stage to the present day and features the most prominent artists and works in Turkey. The texts to the side of each work discuss the social, cultural, economic, and political dynamics of this development. These texts show that each work of art is embedded in life and that art develops in tandem with its context. Considered together, these texts trace the significant changes in Turkish art that occurred during the 20th century.
The "Working Area" is a small hall where concurrent developments in contemporary art are examined and displayed. The exhibition format, which brings together artists from different places, aims to bolster the creativity of artists and artistic initiatives by providing a venue for their projects.
The İstanbul Modern Collection features works encompassing diverse disciplines, ranging from painting to sculpture, installation to video.