After 2 days of history …. and beautiful buildings I wanted to come back to the present. Museums with modern art always interest me, so the choice was easy; Istanbul Modern! But I didn’t have clue what a wonderful surprise I was heading for and the fabulous hours I would get.
It was very easy to get to .. but not that easy to find. I took tram #1 from Sultanahmet to Tophane .. and from there it was about 10-15 min walk. The museum was in the middle of a building site more or less and of course on the edge of Bosphorus.
Next to it there is a company that produces massive steel pipes, Ümran Boru. It looked like they are a very busy company .. and all the pipes piled up looked like modern art to me. The steel pipes had such a beautiful shades and they looked so soft. Steel can be very soft .. just like velvet. I know that from the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, where I put my cheek against a massive piece of steel.
Nothing eye catching about the museum building itself on the outside, just like a concrete box. Not at all what I had expected, spoiled by all the wired and wonderful Danish museum designs.
But inside … I was in heaven. Fantastic interesting art .. and I understood nearly every piece. As a senior, it only cost me 13TRY – very well-spent money.
Large and spacious, big windows against the Bosphorus – fantastic light, even when it was a cloudy day. I took my time and I loved every minute I spent at this wonderful paradise filled with stunning and funny art. The museum had plenty of young visitors that enjoyed so much as I did.
On the ground floor (basement) was 3 exhibitions – one about “day, light, night” that I will come back to … one photo show and some funny all over the place exhibition, a bit wired and wonderful. Down there was also a cinema and the museum administration and they had 100’s of book hanging from the ceiling over their head. One of the reasons … why I fell in love the place.
The museum also has a restaurant that served excellent food … and top class service with a breathtaking view over the Bosphorus, the view is priceless and for the rest I used VISA!
There is so much more I want to show you …. so I will come back with another post about my favourites and they are quite a few, all new acquaintances. The Istanbul Modern embraced me in the most wonderful way and I embraced it back.
“Reach out for, then embrace your heart consciousness.”