Antrepo 5, the future home of the Istanbul Painting and Sculpture Museum. Photo: Alper Tuzunoglu.

Former Warehouse Announced as New Location for Istanbul Biennial

The Istanbul Biennial announced today that it has found a new location for its sixteenth edition, which is fast approaching. Organizers were forced to scramble to change exhibition venues for the majority of its programming after toxic asbestos was discovered at the Istanbul Shipyards, which was supposed to be the biennial’s main site.

The exhibition will now be held at Antrepo 5, a former warehouse that is currently undergoing a major renovation. Located on the waterfront in the Tophane district of central Istanbul, the building is being transformed into a painting and sculpture museum that will house the collection of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. The institution is expected to open to the public in 2020.

Organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts and sponsored by Koç Holding, the event—which will also take place at the Pera Museum and Büyükada Island, the largest of the nine Princes’ Islands in the Sea of Marmara—will run from September 14 through November 10.