Arter's new building in central Istanbul.

Istanbul Nonprofit Arter - Space for Art to Unveil Major Expansion in September

Contemporary art nonprofit Arter - Space for Art is expanding to a 194,000-square-foot building designed by Grimshaw Architects in Istanbul’s central Dolapdere neighborhood. Construction on the building began in 2015, and it is slated to open during the preview for the Istanbul Biennial on September 13.

At the core of the museum’s collection will be 1,300 works—including pieces by Sigmar Polke, Mona Hatoum, Theaster Gates, and Ayşe Erkmen, with roughly half by Turkish artists—from the Koç family collection (Arter is backed by the foundation of the late industrialist Vehbi Koç). The building will feature 32,000 square feet of flexible galleries, a library, a conservation lab, two theaters, and a sculpture terrace. Together with the collection, the building is valued at more than $135 million.

The institution also appointed new members to its board of directors, including economist and art collector Saruhan Doğan; Arter founding director and Vehbi Koç Foundation culture and arts adviser Melih Fereli OBE; Arter former general coordinator and curator Bahattin Öztuncay; businessman and art collector Ayşe Umur; and Vehbi Koç Foundation president Erdal Yıldırım. It will be chaired by Koç holding chairman Ömer M. Koç.