June 29, 2011

Istanbul: Something for the Urban Global Elite


“The cities of Europe are getting quieter, but Istanbul just keeps getting noisier,” says Görgün Taner, general director of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts.

The city’s emergence as a travel destination, especially for a long weekend, has much to do with Turkey’s own transformation from economic disaster zone to booming regional powerhouse.

The opening of the modern art museum – a converted customs store on the European bank of the Bosphorus – is also both cause and effect.

Some city residents date Istanbul’s new-found global status to the growing popularity of the Istanbul Biennale, perhaps the central event at the museum and the latest manifestation of which opens in September.

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