From 2010 to 2018, at its building on Istiklal Street, Istanbul’s main pedestrian artery for culture and arts, 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 its programme. At its new building designed by Grimshaw Architects, London, Arter presents exhibitions from but not limited to its collection as well as performances and events across disciplines, expanding the range of its programmes.
Arter's new building has 18,000 square meters of indoor area and houses, in addition to exhibition galleries, a terrace, performance halls, learning areas, a library, a conservation laboratory, an arts bookstore, and a café.
Since 2007, Arter has been collecting and caring for contemporary works of art, engaging in their creative interpretation through exhibitions as well as encouraging and funding the production of new ones.
The Arter Collection values and welcomes novel ideas, discourses, and tendencies in contemporary art, embracing all formats that might be considered unconventional.
The Collection, while conceived on an international basis, is particularly engaged in the artistic and cultural production in Turkey and the neighbouring wider geography, with the intention of exploring convergences as well as disparities between the forms, statements and contents produced in Turkey and elsewhere.
Bringing together various contemporary expressions, positions and practices, the Arter Collection consists of works from the 1960s onwards, produced in a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, photography, video and film, installation, sound, light and performance.
Incorporating a plurality of themes, concepts and gestures, the Collection offers an inspiring source for the practice of exhibition making and contributes to the programme. Alongside the exhibitions drawn exclusively or primarily from the Collection, Arter also presents curated non-collection solo and group exhibitions in order to re-contextualise and give visibility to works both from within and outside the Collection.
Arter presents a multi-disciplinary events programme featuring outstanding and innovative examples of performing arts, classical, contemporary and electronic music, film, performance and digital arts, putting them in dialogue with the collection and exhibitions where possible. The events are not limited to Arter’s two performance halls, the Sevgi Gönül Auditorium and Karbon, but also held in different parts/spaces of the building.
Collaborating with local and international artists, curators and various institutions, Arter commissions and co-produces new works.
Arter’s Learning Programme presents processes and activities that aspire to interpreting our times through art. Providing grounds for everyone to enjoy creative processes, the programme facilitates dialogue around contemporary art through exploring the interrelationships between its multiple contexts, the audience’s daily lives and imaginations. Shaped through a receptive and responsive attitude towards users’ affinities, the programme intends to build lasting connections between artists, audiences and partners.
Arter presents publications that aim to enhance and stimulate conversations around contemporary art. Arter’s publications include the launch of two new series: the first is entitled “Arter Close-Up” and offers a closer look into a single work from its collection in each volume; the second series, entitled “Arter Background”, reveals the thinking process behind each group exhibition; as well as singular books that focus on the exhibitions or artists featured in its programme. Through its bilingual (Turkish and English) publication policy, Arter aspires to contributing to the production of knowledge in the field and to the writing of art history by encouraging original research and commissioning new texts.