Scheduled for a relaunch at its new home in Dolapdere in September, Arter has announced its new board of directors chaired by Ömer M. Koç.
A subsidiary of the Vehbi Koç Foundation, Arter was opened in 2010 with the aim of providing a sustainable infrastructure for producing and exhibiting contemporary art. Following 9 years of activity at its building on Istiklal Street, the institution has moved to its new home in Istanbul’s Dolapdere district in 2019, the year also marking the 50th anniversary of the Vehbi Koç Foundation. Counting down to this major relaunch with an expanded range of programmes, Arter adopts a new organisational structure along with a new corporate identity.
In line with this expansion, Arter has acquired a new legal status as a culture and arts enterprise affiliated with the Vehbi Koç Foundation. The institution’s newly appointed board of directors is chaired by Koç Holding Chairman Ömer M. Koç.
Members of the board are economist and art collector Saruhan Doğan, Arter’s Founding Director and Vehbi Koç Foundation’s Culture and Arts Advisor Melih Fereli OBE, Arter’s former General Coordinator and curator Bahattin Öztuncay, businessman and art collector Ayşe Umur, and Vehbi Koç Foundation President Erdal Yıldırım.
Arter also takes on a new logo as a result of Vehbi Koç Foundation’s collaboration with Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv for a larger identity system involving all its subsidiaries. Original designers of the Koç Holding logo back in 1984, the New York-based design agency produced three distinct but related symbols for the Foundation’s subsidiaries in its three main fields of action: Culture, Education and Health. As of 2019, Arter adopts its new logo as part of this visual identity structure.
Arter is leaving its current building where it has been active since 2010 and moving to its new home scheduled to open in September 2019.
An affiliate of the Vehbi Koç Foundation (VKF), Arter was opened in 2010 with the aim of providing a sustainable infrastructure for producing and exhibiting contemporary art. Arter presented 35 solo and group exhibitions to date with accompanying publications, talks, performances and workshops; and provided support for the production of 183 artworks in the framework of these exhibitions.
At its new building in the Dolapdere district of Istanbul, scheduled to open in 2019, which also marks the 50th anniversary of the Vehbi Koç Foundation, Arter will present exhibitions from but not limited to the VKF Contemporary Art Collection as well as performances and events across disciplines, expanding the range of its programmes.
Arter’s new building is designed by Grimshaw Architects (UK) and has 18,000 square meters of indoor area. In addition to exhibition galleries and a sculpture terrace, the building will house performance halls, learning areas, a library, a conservation laboratory, an arts bookstore, and a café.
Arter’s former building on Istiklal Street is currently under renovation and will be re-opened also in September 2019 as a yet-to-be-named exhibition space operated by the Vehbi Koç Foundation.