I am always asked by my foreigner friends what Istanbul offers in terms of modern art. The answer is countless but there are a couple of galleries that I especially love to visit within a specific time frame. Apel Gallery is one of them and to be honest my favorite spot.
I am keen on their policy of concentrating on local artists. This way we can show our creative side. You can perceive contemporary Turkish artists woven in between a bustling modern city and an endless cultural background. Ms. Terzioglu, owner of the Apel Gallery, is a lovely intellectual who will be more than happy to guide you through her gallery if you have a chance to encounter her.
The atmosphere of the gallery is like a small cosy home right off of the wide pedestrian thoroughfare of Istiklal Cadesi. It’s a small area but gives you an outburst of the art displayed. It has a very small garden that isolates you from the city and allows you to delve into a peaceful mindset engraved with art.