The Renaissance of Deniz Palas Featured

As one of the most distinctive historical buildings in Istanbul, Deniz Palas amplifies Sishane district's affinity with the boom created by a rooted arts establishment.
by 10 May 2010

Built in the early 20th century in Art Nouveau style by architect Georges Coulouthros, Deniz Palas salutes its second life as the new center for IKSV (Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts), the most highly consolidated arts establishment in Turkey. On the ground floor of the seven storeyed Deniz Palas building, which covers an area of 4,200 square meters, is the IKSV Design Store with special gift alternatives for the arts-minded.

IKSV Design creates special collections, combining design with the works of pioneer Turkish artists. There are a number of special products such as silk foulards, crystal glasses, notebooks, pillows inspired by the life of Abidin Dino, unique print works and paintings by Bedri Rahmi EyüboÄŸlu, Mustafa Pilevneli’s passion for the sea, portrait prints by Aliye Berger, Tan Oral’s cats and Devrim Erbil’s Istanbul pictures. Ara Güler’s Istanbul photographs, Nuster Nurdan Eren’s nature photographs and Devrim Erbil’s Istanbul panels that bear the artists' wet signatures are the limited editions produced for sale at IKSV. There are also products by world-renowned artists and design studios. Creative and ironic designs from New York's MoMA, one of the pioneer institutions in contemporary art, and special selections from famous museums stores, including names such as Dali, Picasso, Andy Warhol and Gaudi are also awaiting visitors.

‘Salon,’ the performance centre covering the ground and first floors of the building, hosts classic, jazz, rock, alternative and world music concerts, plays, art activities for children, panels and conferences with a capacity of 250 seats and 600 standing places.

A fantastic design store and a concert hall at world standards… Yet Deniz Palas is much more than this. The new IKSV building is entirely decorated by works by 22 artists. 21 artists and artist groups from Turkey were invited to take part by Fulya Erdemci, the curator of the enterprise. The project took shape in the form of group work, on the basis of the building’s features and IKSVs utilization requirements. The works of art, most of them created specially for IKSV, adorn the open-plan offices and public areas of the building, such as elevator shafts, staircases and foyers. Outstanding contemporary artists such as AyÅŸe Erkmen, Sarkis, Hüseyin B. Alptekin, Ä°nci Eviner, Aydan MurtezaoÄŸlu, Canan Tolon, Gülsün Karamustafa, Hale Tenger, Kemal Önsoy, Füsun Onur, Bülent Åžangar, Özdemir Altan, Devrim Erbil, Mehmet Güleryüz, Komet, Güngör Taner and Ömer Uluç lent their paintings, prints, sculptures, photographs, installations, interventions and neon works to IKSV for 10 years.

Sishane district is becoming more popular day by day, and Deniz Palace is forging a powerful center of attraction with Deniz Palas.

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