Istanbul Modern is a public institution founded in 2004 as Turkey's first modern and contemporary art museum. In May 2018 the museum moved to temporary premises in the Galata quarter while a brand-new building is finalised nearby, on the shores of the Bosphorus (completion date for the project is currently given as 2021). The museum currently houses three medium-sized exhibitions:
Anthony Cragg: Human Nature (23/05 – 11/11/2018, by far my favourite of the three) shows sculptures by this British artist (b Liverpool 1949, now based in Germany). Experimental, playful and with a real knack for the form, Cragg presents a diverse selection of modernist sculptures and assemblages in different sizes and materials (from bronze, aluminium and steel to glass and wood). Abstraction with the occasional hint of figuration. Very enjoyable.
Points of View (23/05 – 11/11/2018) presents 25 works from the Istanbul Modern photography collection dating from the 1960s onwards, including by Soviet-born Boris Mikhailov. Very wide range of techniques and approaches.
In Pursuit of the Present is a permanent display of works from the museum collection. Check out the artspeak: ('[The Exhibition] establishes various intersecting and interrelating thematic strands, and, through the works in the exhibition, branches off into side paths such as identity, the body, gender politics, processes of construction and destruction, and the relationship between nature and humans.') The pompous rhetoric accompanies mostly shallow and derivative work. This seems to be the trend in contemporary art.
All in all, well worth a visit if you're in the area.