Yapi Kredi Culture Center

OVERVIEW

Including exhibitions, workshops, concerts, panels, talks, conferences, movie screenings, plays, and so on;  Yapi Kredi Culture Centre hosts more than 200 cultural and art activities each year.

Overview

Founded in 1992, Yapi Kredi Culture Centre (also known as YKKS, namely Yapi Kredi Kultur Sanat) is a cultural institution at the heartbeat of Istanbul, located on historic Istiklal Street, more specifically in Galatasaray Square. Its focus is on exhibitions and exhibition-related activities such as conferences, workshops, talks, panels, and movie screenings on painting, sculpture, archaeology, graphic arts, literature, and other cultural disciplines. Yapi Kredi Kultur Sanat’s extensive range also covers literature, art history, cinema, and photography as well as creative literature for researchers, teachers, children, and art lovers of all ages and experts. 

From "Kulis: Bir Tiyatro Belleği, Hagop Ayvaz" exhibition

Refurbished in 2017, Yapi Kredi Culture Centre’s building is one of the most important landmarks of Istanbul with its experimental architecture.

Selected essential exhibitions of Yapi Kredi Culture Centre

  • 1995 - “Fikret Mualla Paintings” on the paintings of famous Turkish painter Fikret Mualla
  • 1999 - “1000 Purple Years in the Mediterranean” on Byzantine coins that belong to the Yapi Kredi Collection
  • 2000 - Portraits of the World: Old Ottoman and World Maps” on old maps drawn by Ottoman as well as international cartographers
  • 2003 - “Troy: Journey to a City Between Legend and Reality” on famous Troy civilization and its history, myths, and stories.
  • 2005 - “Sacred Incense to Fragrant Elixir: Perfume” displayed 500 bottles and documents from the medieval Islamic, Ottoman, and Early Turkish Republican periods.
  • 2007 - “Anatolia 12,000 Years Ago” on the Neolithic past of Anatolia especially focusing on Çatalhöyük and other Neolithic settlements in Turkey.
  • 2011 - “106 Years of Hattusha” on the Hittite civilization’s capital Hattusha that is in UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
  • 2019 - “Balkon = Balcony” on the photographs taken by world-famous Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk from his balcony in Istanbul.

Facts about Yapi Kredi Culture Centre

Hosts more than 200 events each year that include exhibitions, conferences, workshops, panels, talks, movie screenings, and so on.

The centre also has a very rich bookstore as well as a library, and membership to the library is free.

All events and exhibitions of Yapı Kredi Culture Centre are free.

Famous “Architectural Review” journal described the building of Yapi Kredi Culture Centre as “an experimental cultural provocation.”

Where is the Yapi Kredi Culture Centre?

Yapi Kredi Culture Centre is located in Galatasaray Square, Beyoğlu. The best way to get to Yapi Kredi Culture Centre is to take M2 Metro, take off at Taksim station, Istiklal Caddesi exit and walk down approximately 300 meters down Istiklal Street.

What are Yapi Kredi Culture Centre’s opening hours and visitor information?

Yapi Kredi Culture Centre is open every day between 10:00 am and 6:45 pm. All exhibitions and events are free of charge.

DISTRICT
Galatasaray
VISITING HOURS
10am-6.45pm
Open everyday
ENTRANCE FEE
Free of charge
Official WEBSITE
Founded in 1992, Yapi Kredi Culture Centre (also known as YKKS, namely Yapi Kredi Kultur Sanat) is a cultural institution at the heartbeat of Istanbul, located on historic Istiklal Street, more specifically in Galatasaray Square.