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Istanbul Modern Museum of Art
The inauguration of the Istanbul Modern, the first museum of modern and contemporary art in Turkey, will take place on 11 December 2004 under the auspices of Prime Minister of Turkey.
Situated at the shores of the Bosphorus and located in one of the entrepots on the port, Istanbul Modern faces the historical peninsula with Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia across the Golden Horn and leans back to Pera.
As the founder of Istanbul Modern, which has been established under the aegis of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, the Eczacibasi Group has provided the first investment and project management finance as well as the core collection.
Recalling that art is an indispensable component of personal and social development, Oya Eczacibasi, Chair of the Board, says: "Istanbul Modern is opening its doors to exhibit our country's art heritage, and to create a platform for our creativity, dynamism, cultural identity and universal values. Our museum will always be open to innovation and change."
In line with its aim of being a living museum, Istanbul Modern will seek to create a vibrant, year-long program of diverse events that will set an art agenda for Turkey and will contribute to mark Istanbul as a capital on the world's cultural map.