About Salt

Iwan Baan Salt Galata ve Salt Beyoğlu
Fotoğraf: Iwan Baan, 2012
Salt Galata and Salt Beyoğlu
Photo: Iwan Baan, 2012
Founded by Garanti BBVA in 2011, Salt is a cultural institution that develops innovative programs to create a free platform for encounters, research, and expression for its users and visitors.

Salt’s programs comprise exhibitions, publications, digital projects, talks, conferences, film screenings, performances, and workshops.

Salt explores intersections and interactions between various disciplines and focuses on art, architecture, design, and social and economic history. The institution supports the production of knowledge by fostering the dialogue between the past and the present while addressing contemporary culture through new approaches and interpretations.

Salt’s expanding archive and library brings together resources focusing on Turkey as well as the geographies of East Mediterranean and East Europe from the late 19th century to the present. The institution’s research projects offer a platform for co-learning and discussion among peers.

Salt’s activities take place in its two buildings in Istanbul and online. Salt Beyoğlu on Istiklal Street comprises exhibition spaces, Walk-in Cinema, Kitchen, Winter Garden and Robinson Crusoe 389 Bookstore. Salt Galata on Bankalar Street in Karaköy houses Salt Research, a specialized library, the Salt Research Ferit F. Şahenk Hall for registered researchers, an Auditorium, exhibition and event spaces, as well as the Ottoman Bank Museum, Robinson Crusoe 389 Bookstore, café and Neolokal.

Entrance to Salt and access to its programs are free of charge.

Since 2013, Salt is the only member of the European museum confederation L’Internationale from Turkey.