SALT (institution)

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Ottoman Bank head office, now SALT Galata, İstanbul, 12967651205.jpg
Interior of SALT Galata
LocationSALT Beyoğlu
Istiklal Cd. No:136
Beyoğlu, Istanbul
SALT Galata
Bankalar Cd. No:11
Karaköy, Istanbul
FounderVasif Kortun, Garanti Bank

SALT is a Turkish contemporary art institution. It was started by Vasif Kortun and Garanti Bank in 2011, and has exhibition and workshop spaces in Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey.[1][2] It combines the previous activities of the Garanti Gallery, the Ottoman Bank Archives and Research Centre and the Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center of the bank.[3] It is one of the six members of L'Internationale, a confederation of European art institutions; the other member institutions are the Moderna galerija in Ljubljana, in Slovenia; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, in Spain; the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona in Barcelona, also in Spain; the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen in Antwerp, in Belgium; and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, in the Netherlands.[4]

Exhibition spaces[edit]

The Imperial Ottoman Bank headquarters in 1896

SALT has three exhibition spaces, all owned by Garanti Bank: the former headquarters of the Imperial Ottoman Bank in Galata, Istanbul;[1] a former apartment block, the Siniossoglou Apartments, in Beyoğlu, Istanbul;[3] and a former guest-house of the Ottoman Bank in Ulus, Ankara.[5]


  1. ^ a b Suzy Hansen (10 February 2012). The Istanbul Art-Boom Bubble The New York Times. Accessed May 2016.
  2. ^ Art boom: Greater importance is being placed on arts and culture. In: The Report: Turkey 2012. Oxford: Oxford Business Group. Accessed May 2016.
  3. ^ a b [s.n.] (8 April 2011) Garanti Bank's SALT sets out to become Turkey's biggest cultural institute. Today's Zaman. Archived 20 October 2014.
  4. ^ Confederation – L'Internationale. L'Internationale. Accessed May 2016.
  5. ^ Erkan Aktug (4 April 2013). Ankara'nın da Salt'ı var (in Turkish). Radikal. Accessed April 2017.