Istanbul Museum of Modern Art

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Istanbul's contemporary art treasures
After visiting Istanbul's grand palaces, impressive mosques, and ancient Hamams with their centuries-old tile work and Byzantine architecture, it's a very nice change of pace to enter the contemporary space of the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art. The museum's permanent collection is impressive and stands up to any other in a cosmopolitan city. The work highlights local and eastern influencers. Its also a wonderful place to stop for lunch - the building contains a fabulous restaurant with a deck that sits out over the Bosphorus.
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Modern Art in Istanbul
When entering the Istanbul Modern, I was greeted by mirrored circles layered on poles. I'm sure there's a technical term for these contraptions, but I'll call them art installations. Thursdays are free days at the museum so I lucked out in being able to tour the building of art for well, free. The installation that remains in my memory is a video from the early "80s, made by an Italian/Turkish prostitute on Alageyik Sokak, which is the "red light district" of Istanbul. The lower level ceiling of books is really cool as well.
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