The area around Rumeli Hisari is extremely inspiring for its rich history, amazing views and its cozy cafés. Yet, a visit to this highly popular area gets even more exciting when you enter the business – art world of Borusan Contemporary.
Situated in a famous 100-year old mansion, it opened its doors to the public in 2007 as Turkey’s first office museum. Incorporating two seemingly incompatible worlds, Borusan Contemporary offers a unique experience and a new look at how art and work can compliment each other.
A pleasant stroll through 7 floors of this historic building is also a walk though a different world. Various generations, backgrounds and techniques used in the work of some of the most prominent contemporary artists are at display here.
A perfect fit of elegant office interior and the artwork that it embellishes is what makes this entire enterprise so successful. One cannot help but think how lucky people working there must be. Such a pleasant interior in combination with striking Bosphorus view surely must offer the best remedy for all the work related stress and fatigue.
The ground floor of the building hosts a small gallery. It currently displays the work of Edward Burtynsky whose visually stunning large-format photographs question the future of our planet. You can also see a real time installation by 2 different artists, which honestly seems more interesting technically than artistically.
All the other upper floors are one big museum office. I highly recommend taking a guided tour which tells intriguing stories behind each work of art and the building itself.
Coffee with the most perfect view is an option at the small coffee shop. Yet, the best part is the upper terrace, which offers the most impressive views of the always mesmerising Bosphorus.
Hats off to Borusan Contmeporary for opening their offices to the public and giving us the opportunity to get the taste of its atmosphere.
Please note that Borusan is open only on the weekends from 10 to 19.
The current exhibitions will run until 19 February.
As most residents already know, traffic is always a problem in that part of the city. Talking alternative routes and parking somewhere further and taking a walk could be a good idea.
When Billur moved from her hometown of Izmir to Istanbul at an early age, she immediately fell in love with its charm and uniqueness. Over the years, she became part and parcel of Cihangir – a zone heavily inhabited with expats and intriguing locals, where today she is known as the real expert of the neighbourhood. Also known as an animal rescuer, Billur currently owns two cats and one dog, all three of them saved from tough conditions on the streets.