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In Conversation with Gürel Tüzün: Vehbi Koç Anlatıyor
Tofaş Akademi Doğu Kampüsü
March 12, 2019, 11:00-12:00
Noday (E.Şahin-I.D.Akseloğlu)
Operation Room
Feb.28-Apr.27, 2019
1st VEKAM Ephemera Workshop
May 30-31, 2019
Josephine Powell Exhibition
Vehbi Koç Evi
Sept.6, 2018-indefinite
Ottoman Arcadia
May 10, 2018-May 5,2019
The Charm of the Market: Shopping in the Mediterranean World throughout History
Dec.1,2018-Agu.31, 2019

ARTER | Space for Art

Arter opened in 2010 to offer a sustainable infrastructure for producing and exhibiting contemporary art. Arter has been presenting solo and group exhibitions with the aim of providing a platform of visibility for artistic practices and encouraging production of contemporary artworks through the support it provides in the context of these exhibitions. Arter's program also features publications that accompany each exhibition.


The Vehbi Koç Foundation Contemporary Art Collection (2007+)
In 2007, the VKF started constituting a collection for the contemporary art museum scheduled to open in 2017. Over the past eight years, the collection has grown to include over 1,000 contemporary works of art (as of 2015) and continues to expand. Several pieces from the collection are lent each year to leading art institutions and galleries across the world.

Contemporary Art Museum Project 
The most recent major cultural project of the Vehbi Koç Foundation is the establishment of a contemporary art museum in Istanbul’s Dolapdere district, close to the city centre. Conceptualised as a multidisciplinary cultural and educational hub, the museum will feature exhibitions from but not limited to the Vehbi Koç Foundation Contemporary Art Collection and multi-disciplinary events throughout the year, furthering Arter’s ongoing programme.

The new building will hold, besides permanent and temporary exhibitions, a sculpture terrace, performance spaces, dialogue centres, conference/meeting/activity rooms, a library, a conservation laboratory, storage facilities, an art bookstore, as well as service areas for food and refreshments.

The building is designed by Grimshaw Architects (UK); construction documents were prepared by TAM Turgut Alton Architects (Istanbul). Construction began in July 2015 and is scheduled for completion in the autumn of 2018.

Melih Fereli, Culture and Arts Advisor of the Vehbi Koç Foundation, is the Founding Director of the contemporary art museum, while Emre Baykal acts as head of the curatorial team.

“Contemporary Art in Turkey” monograph series at Yapı Kredi Publishing (2007–2011)
The Vehbi Koç Foundation facilitated the publication of a monograph series titled “Contemporary Art in Turkey”. The series was published by Yapı Kredi Cultural Activities, Arts and Publishing and edited by René Block with the consultancy of Melih Fereli. The project consists of 12 bilingual (Turkish and English) comprehensive monographs of contemporary artists from Turkey. Each monograph was printed in 1,800 editions (150 of them numbered and signed), wrapped with an offset print of a work by the artist.

TANAS (2008–2013)
TANAS was founded in 2008 in Berlin by the Vehbi Koç Foundation in collaboration with Edition Block as a project space for contemporary art from Turkey. The primary objective of TANAS was to support and promote the production and exhibition of contemporary works by artists predominantly from Turkey in an international context.

As a noteworthy endeavour TANAS functioned for five years until its closure in 2013. In these five years, the space featured 22 personal and group exhibitions that were accompanied by artist talks, seminars and special guided tours. Throughout the period it remained open, TANAS as a center focusing on contemporary art from Turkey, fulfilled its premise of offering a comprehensive production and discussion platform for artists, curators, authors and students.