"A Selection from the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art Collection" at the Turkish Airlines Lounge-Business

A selection from the Istanbul Modern Collection will be on view at the Turkish Airlines Lounge-Business in the airline’s brand new hub, Istanbul Airport.

Turkish Airlines and Istanbul Modern have cooperated to raise international awareness of Turkey’s modern art. Starting on Friday, May 3, a selection from the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art Collection will be exhibited to passengers in the Turkish Airlines Lounge-Business at Istanbul Airport.

A special selection from Istanbul Modern, Turkey’s first modern and contemporary art museum, will be displayed in the Turkish Airlines Lounge-Business at Istanbul Airport. Starting on Friday, May 3, 38 works by 16 artists will be exhibited in a special 130 square meter space allocated to Istanbul Modern.

Titled “A Selection from the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art Collection”, the exhibition brings together significant works from four major modern art movements in Turkey. This selection will be renewed three times annually as part of the agreement between Turkish Airlines and Istanbul Modern.


From landscapes to abstract paintings

The variety of work on view ranges from early 20th century landscape painting to the abstract paintings of artists searching for a synthesis between eastern and western art in the 1950s. Featuring works that illustrate the place of figure painting in everyday life, the exhibition will also display compositions that interpret the cultural values of Anatolia from a new perspective.

The artists featured in this selection from the Istanbul Modern Collection  are Şeref Akdik, Hakkı Anlı, Fethi Arda, Ferruh Başağa, Hasan Vecih Bereketoğlu, Aliye Berger, Nurullah Berk, Adnan Çoker, Nejad Melih Devrim, Abidin Dino, Neş’e Erdok, Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu, Hoca Ali Rıza, Hikmet Onat, Selim Turan and Fahrelnissa Zeid.

Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, M. İlker Aycı stated the following on the exhibition; “As the national flag carrier airline of Turkey, we continue our contributions to the national values of our country. Thanks to our collaboration with Istanbul Modern, we enable our passengers that depart from Istanbul Airport to see the impressive works of Turkish modern art in our lounge, and turn their waiting time before their flights into an exclusive cultural experience. Adding an artful touch to our exceptional travel experience, we will circulate the artworks of the exhibition during the year in order to show our passengers the different examples of Turkish modern art before their flights. We invite all passengers to discover the modern works of Turkish art at the brand new center of global aviation, Istanbul Airport.”


Contributing to greater awareness of Turkey's modern art

Chair of the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Oya Eczacıbaşı highlighted the importance of the Turkish Airlines Lounge-Business as an exhibition point, since it will host passengers from all corners of the world.

Eczacıbaşı also said; “Through our collaboration with Turkish Airlines, we are delighted to be able to introduce Turkey's modern art to local and foreign travelers who enjoy access to the Turkish Airlines Lounge-Business at the Istanbul Airport International Terminal. We will change the selection three times a year to introduce passengers to works from different eras and artists. This way, in addition to raising international awareness of the great variety of modern and contemporary art in Turkey, we hope to contribute to the pleasurable experience of passengers waiting in the lounge. Of course, we also hope that everyone will wish to see more at our museum, the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art.”


About Turkish Airlines:

Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines has a fleet of 335 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to 308 worldwide destinations as 259 international and 49 domestic, in 124 countries. More information about Turkish Airlines can be found on its official website or its social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Instagram.


About Star Alliance:

The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveler. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Avianca Brasil, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Air Portugal, THAI, Turkish Airlines and United. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,800 daily flights to over 1,300 airports in 193 countries. Further connecting flights are offered by Star Alliance Connecting Partner, Juneyao Airlines.


About Istanbul Modern:

The Istanbul Museum of Modern Art was founded in 2004 in a former customs warehouse building occupying an area of 8,000 square meters in Karaköy on the shores of the Bosphorus. As Turkey’s first museum of modern and contemporary art, Istanbul Modern aims to share Turkey’s artistic creativity and cultural identity with both local and international audiences though innovative and interdisciplinary exhibitions. After 14 years at its original site in Karaköy, Istanbul Modern moved to a temporary space in Beyoğlu in May 2018. It will remain there for three years while a new building is constructed at its original site.