Turkish Airlines Unveils Modern Art Collection at New Airport

Starting this Friday, May 3, Turkish Airlines and Istanbul Modern are offering a selection of paintings from the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art to passengers in the Turkish Airlines Business Lounge at Istanbul Airport.



Spanning 130 square-metres, the exhibition titled “A Selection from the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art Collection” will display examples that represent four main dispositions of Turkish modern art. The collection selections will be changed every four months.

From landscapes to abstract paintings

Within the exhibition, artworks will range from the early 20th century landscape painting tradition to the abstract paintings of artists looking for a synthesis between eastern and western arts during the 1950s. The exhibition will also display compositions that interpret cultural values of Anatolia with a new perspective.


Works by Şeref Akdik, Hakkı Anlı, Fethi Arda, Ferruh Başağa, Hasan Vecih Bereketoğlu, Aliye Berger, Nurullah Berk, Adnan Çoker, Nejad Melih Devrim, Abidin Dino, Neş’e Erdok, Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu, Hoca Ali Rıza, Hikmet Onat, Selim Turan and Fahrelnissa Zeid will be in the exhibition.

Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, M. İlker Aycı said, “As the national flag carrier airline of Turkey, we hope to contribute to the national values of our country. This collaboration with Istanbul Modern, allows passengers to turn their waiting time at Istanbul Airport into an exclusive cultural experience.”

Contribution to the promotion of modern art of Turkey

Chair of the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Oya Eczacıbaşı said; “With these exhibitions we will not only introduce arts of Turkey to the world but also help waiting passengers to spend their time in a productive manner. Of course, we invite everyone who wishes to see more, to visit the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art.”

About Turkish Airlines:

Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines has a fleet of 335 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to 308 worldwide destinations as 259 international and 49 domestic, in 124 countries. More information about Turkish Airlines can be found on its official website www.turkishairlines.com or its social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

About Star Alliance:

The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Avianca Brasil, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Air Portugal, THAI, Turkish Airlines and United. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,800 daily flights to over 1,300 airports in 193 countries. Further connecting flights are offered by Star Alliance Connecting Partner, Juneyao Airlines.

About Istanbul Modern:

The Istanbul Museum of Modern Art was founded in 2004 in a former customs warehouse building occupying an area of 8,000 square meters in Karaköy on the shores of the Bosphorus. As Turkey’s first museum of modern and contemporary art, Istanbul Modern aims to share Turkey’s artistic creativity and cultural identity with both local and international audiences though innovative and interdisciplinary exhibitions. After 14 years at its original site in Karaköy, Istanbul Modern moved to a temporary space in Beyoğlu in May 2018. It will remain there for three years while a new building is constructed at its original site.