Having presented 35 exhibitions from 2010 to 2018 at its building on Istiklal Street, Arter moved to its new building in Istanbul’s Dolapdere district in September 2019. At its new building designed by Grimshaw Architects, Arter continues expanding the range of its activities beyond exhibitions to performances and events across many disciplines.
Arter’s building has 18,000 square metres of indoor area and features exhibition galleries, performance halls, learning areas, a library, an arts bookstore, and a bistro.
Instigated in 2007 and conceived on an international basis, the Arter Collection values and welcomes novel ideas, discourses, and tendencies in contemporary art, embracing all formats that might be considered unconventional.
The Arter Collection comprises more than 1,300 works by around 400 artists as of 2021 and brings together various contemporary expressions, positions and practices from all around the world. The collection includes works from the 1960s to the present, covering a broad variety of media ranging from painting, drawing, sculpture, print, photography, film, video, installation to sound, light and performance-based practices.
Incorporating a plurality of themes, concepts and gestures, the Arter 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’s multi-disciplinary Events Programme features outstanding and innovative examples of performing arts, classical, contemporary and electronic music, film, performance and digital arts.
Placed 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 are 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 interpret 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. Besides talks, panels, workshops, seminars and exhibition tours, Arter’s Learning Programme also features two long-term programmes: Teen Council and Arter Research Programme.
Arter presents publications that aim to enhance and stimulate conversations around contemporary art.
Arter’s range of publications has been expanded in 2019 to include 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 contribute to the production of knowledge in the field and to the writing of art history by encouraging original research and commissioning new texts.