The Yapı Kredi Cultural Center in Istanbul. Photo: HG Masters / ArtAsiaPacific

Istanbul’s Yapi Kredi Cultural Center Reopens after Extensive Renovation

The Yapi Kredi Culture and Art Center in Istanbul, established by one of the first nationwide commercial banks in Turkey, unveiled its modern building’s new facelift when it reopened on Wednesday, September 13, after being closed for renovations for more than five years, H. G. Masters of ArtAsiaPacific reports.

Residents were surprised by the celebrated contemporary art space’s transformation, since many neighboring structures along İstiklal Avenue, and within the Beyoğlu district, show signs of neglect. The side of the venue facing Galatasaray Square has been replaced with a wall of glass, allowing passersby to view the artworks on display and much of its gallery space. The building’s makeover also includes a new bookstore, since Yapi Kredi is also a major publisher of books on literature, history, culture, and art.

Currently on view is Yapi Kredi bank’s collection, “Sarmal (Helix).” Curated by art historian Necmi Sönmez, the show features twentieth- and twenty-first-century artworks from Turkey, including pieces from the late Ottoman period.