If you are in Istanbul, don’t miss the museum Istanbul Modern. And don’t be surprised by its location behind what seems to be an industry parking lot. The gallery is welcoming and spatious, showing a broad panorama of the development of Turkish modern art.
There are also installations and a lot of interesting video art. Especially recommended is the video work by Ali Kazma showing a minimalistic and highly personal view of industrial processes. Jeans, steel rods and household gear come to life.
Until January 11, 2009, you can watch an exhibition Held Together With Water, from the Austrian Sammlung Verbund, with an impressing international display of, not least female, photograhers. I was very much fascinated by the work of Francesca Woodman and sorry to learn about her tragic fate.
The excellent restaurant of the gallery, with fine turkish food, wine and beer, offers a nice view of the Bosphorus from its veranda.