İstiklal Caddesi, home to many museums and galleries has expanded in the recent years, and SALT is a major contributor. Housed in a beautiful six-story 19th century building, SALT has been transformed into a ‘multi-functional’ cultural complex. With its impressive architecture, interior design and rich program, SALT is surely more than a gallery.
On the ground floor, the entrance is aimed to create a ‘Forum’ area, and the walk-in cinema hosts programmed events such film screenings, talks and discussions. SALT’s exhibition area is spread over three levels, displaying contemporary art by both local and international artists. One of my favorite details about SALT is its rooftop garden (the “edible estate”) – visitors are allowed to step into the patio and observe this mini-garden in the middle of the city rooftops.
SALT is currently renovating its in-house restaurant, but do check out the Bookstore on the first floor – it’s a branch of the lovely Robinson Crusoe 389, specializing in books related to visual culture and urban and cultural studies.
Istanbul’s contemporary art scene is expanding by day, and SALT has already opened its doors in another fabulous location, the close-by neighborhood of Galata – check their website for more information. I highly recommend stopping by SALT to visit the exhibition and attending one of the many events in the walk-in cinema.