November 01, 2011

Istanbul Painting and Sculpture Museum to Be Moved

The Istanbul Painting and Sculpture Museum, run by the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, will be moved to Karaköy Antrepo 5 at the direction of President Abdullah Gül.

The museum, which has been unable to put all of its holdings on display for years due to a general lack of sufficient exhibition space, will be moved to Antrepo 5, where the university will be able to display all 12,000 items in its vast collection.


Initially housed in the Crown Prince's Pavilion of Dolmabahçe Palace when it was established in 1937, the Istanbul Painting and Sculpture Museum was the first museum to be opened in the Turkish Republic. Many original pieces of art were stored in warehouses at that time due to the lack of sufficient exhibition space in the pavilion. The university on numerous occasions asked for help from the government and some private institutions for a large exhibition space to put all of its holdings on display, but only in 2006 did the government bankroll a fund for the restoration of the museum, and that did not solve the space problem.

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