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Istanbul's Arter ‘pushing boundaries' of Turkey's art scene

Turkey’s newest contemporary art museum promises an ambitious program for 2020 and pledges to remain a haven for artistic expression.

ISTANBUL — The historic neighborhood of Dolapdere serves as an unlikely setting for Istanbul's first purpose-built contemporary art museum, towering above the area's rundown terracotta rooftops. Arter, which opened its doors last fall, has high hopes of pushing boundaries by working across disciplines and with international peers to fuel artistic dialogue at a time when expression in Turkey has been muted.

Among the projects Arter slated for 2020 is a retrospective of the German artist and filmmaker K.P. Brehmer co-produced with institutions in Germany and the Netherlands. The museum will also probe the relationship between art and sound with an exhibition by the Turkish artist and musician Cevdet Erek, a group show in Arter’s Sound Art series, and a new music festival. 

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