Museum Building

Historical Boudouy (Bodvi) Apartment, which has hosted many families and workplaces since the early 1900s, witnessed the unique history of Istiklal Street, served as the Türkiye İş Bankası Beyoğlu Branch between 1953 and 2016, Türkiye İş Bankası Painting and Sculpture Museum started his new journey as.

Istiklal Street in Istanbul. The restoration project, which was implemented despite many difficulties, especially the pandemic, in the building located at No: 144, stands out as one of the unique examples of its kind. The dark walls that greet the visitor upon entering the building turn into an off-white color when visiting the exhibition floors. The walls, which change from light to dark along the exhibition route, offer the visitor a pleasant area of discovery. This difference, which was implemented by Ertuğ Uçar and Mehmet Kütükçüoğlu, the architects of the transformation of the historical building into the Painting and Sculpture Museum, in order to create a contrast between new and old, also separates the restored and protected areas of the building from the reconstructed areas.

In addition to the facade of the building facing Istiklal Street, the facades facing two dead-end streets called Deva on the left and Perukâr on the right were restored faithfully. Likewise, the historical elevator, which was built to serve the residents of the apartment in the past, and the historical staircase surrounding the elevator are also protected parts. One of the features that makes this restoration project unique is this staircase. In the Boudouy (Bodvi) Apartment, which has a store on the ground floor, the elevator was added to serve the residents of the apartment, so it provides service from the 1st floor, not from the ground floor. Suspending the elevator and staircase included in the restoration project in the air and building a new building around it indicates a strong preservation claim as well as advanced architectural and engineering techniques.

The ground floor of the Türkiye İş Bankası Painting and Sculpture Museum, which opened its doors with the pride of sharing the same birthday with our country on the 100th anniversary of the founding of our Republic, invites its visitors inside with its cafe and museum shop, which are integrated with Istiklal Street. At the same time, a multi-purpose hall is located on the ground floor with activities that will appeal to different audiences. In the Museum, whose exhibition layout is planned from top to bottom, the 5th and 4th floors host the permanent exhibition of the Museum, and the 3rd and 2nd floors host the temporary exhibition. A restaurant is planned to be opened in the coming period on the terrace floor of the building where İş Sanat’s Head Office offices are located.