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EU Cultural Center, inaugurated on 05 January 1980, is the first cultural facility of its kind to be opened in our city. The center serves Izmir and environs as an important facility where not only cultural but also scientific events are held. The facility houses two large halls with a capacity of 652 and 624, a 340-seat capacity theater hall, Ege Art Hall for small-size exhibitions, three 40-seat capacity seminar rooms, a 470 square meter art gallery and spacious lobbies that can hold 800 people for receptions.


Ege University Museum of Paper and Book Arts exhibits the long lasting voyage of paper and book, which are indispensable assets of the world cultural history during the last 2000 years with examples from different cultures of the world. The information and visual objects the museum offers address students of all educational levels. Apart from being a first in Turkey, it also has an unprecedented international status as a university museum handling art in such great diversity and richness. The museum combines the old and the modern in the 19-century Ballian House, one of the Levantine mansions of Ege University. The ground floor houses paper works, while the upper floor is allocated to books. The museum where more than 800 objects are exhibited is open from 09:00 to 17:00 every weekday except Sundays and Mondays.


The school offers two-year undergraduate programs within the educational system of Ege University. It holds a leading position among institutions offering vocational programs as far as the number of students and programs are concerned. The importance attached to vocational training, art and artists by the teaching staff of the school
led to the establishment of Ege Vocational School Art Gallery on June 23, 2009 with the understanding that training and art should coexist to ensure improvement and
achievement of individuals. By means of exhibitions to be opened at its art gallery, Ege Vocational School aims to bring together students, academic staff as well as all art lovers in Izmir with art and artists.


An important asset of Ege University’s cultural identity, Ege University Prof. Dr. Yusuf Vardar “MOTBE” Cultural Center hosts all sorts of national and international congresses, seminars, conferences as well as cultural and art events. Prof. Dr. Yusuf Vardar “MOTBE” Cultural Center, which is open to visitors of all ages, carries art into the campus aiming to provide a dynamic campus life interpenetrated with culture and art to faculty members, administrative personnel and especially university students.The MOTBE Hall, the Exhibition Hall and the Seminar Room located within the Prof. Dr.Yusuf Vardar “MOTBE” Cultural Center are placed among Izmir’s most important facilities which contribute to science, culture and art not only on Ege University Campus but also in the city of Izmir in general.Together with Ataturk Cultural Center, The 50th Year Mansion and the Culture-Art House, Prof. Dr. Yusuf Vardar “MOTBE” Cultural Center is a meeting place with culture and art for the University youths and aims to help them create a place for art in their strenuous daily lives.


50. yıl köşkü
One of the old Levantine houses of Bornova, the Wilkinson Mansion was built in 1865 by James Whitall who was then living in “The Big House” (present-day Rectorate Building) for his daughter Jane who had married Richard Wilkinson, the consulate of Thessaloniki, Malaga and Manila. As British traveler John Madox, who had visited Jane’s grandfather Charlton Whitall and Richard’s father Richard Wilkinson, mentioned in his travel notes dating back to 1821, the two close friends had also become relatives after the marriage of their children. The mansion, which was build after the demolition of the stud farm located between the St. Mary Magdalena Church and the Big House, housed different generations of the Wilkinson Family until 1985. Bought by the Filidis Family in 1988, the mansion was later expropriated in 1997 to be used by Ege University. Almost a total ruin, the building was restored and assumed a new identity in time for the 50th Anniversary of the foundation of Ege University in 2005. At present, the mansion serves as an art center, under the name of Ege University 50th Year Mansion; EU International Relations Center; and EU Office.


Ege University Ethnography Museum was built at the turn of the 19th and the 20th centuries as a vinegar brewery, known as “Sirkehane”. Original owners of the building could not be traced despite a series of research studies.
The back side of the building, which was transferred to the T.R. Ministry of Finance in 1943, was used by the E.U. Faculty of Agriculture Department of Food and Fermentation Technology for the production of vinegar and pickles in the 1960′s, while the front side of the building was used personnel housing.
The building, which passed to Ege University through a barter exchange with the T.R. Ministry of Finance Treasury in 1990, served as a residence until the end of the 1990s. The building, which was greatly damaged during recent years, was restored and opened as E.U. Museum of Traditional Apparel and Folk Music in Anatolia and in the Balkans on 22.06.2010. After receiving official approval from the Ministry of Culture, it was registered as a private museum under the name of “Ege University Ethnography Museum” on 02.11.2010.


Izmir State Museum of Painting And Sculpture was inaugurated as a gallery within Izmir Kültürpark (Culture Park) grounds on September 09, 1952. The gallery, which was later moved to its present building on Atatürk Boulevard in Konak, is the first state-founded facility of its kind in Izmir. With the opening of the gallery, not only the artists in Izmir had a chance to exhibit their pieces of art but also the state exhibitions started to be opened in Izmir on a yearly basis. Since the day it was inaugurated, it has an important venue for art exhibitions and painting workshops for amateurs, thus it has brought momentum and provided an important contribution to Izmir’s art life. The year 1973 is an important year which marks the beginning of significant changes in Izmir State Museum of Painting And Sculpture. With great efforts exerted by its director Turgut Pura, the gallery was transformed into a museum and moved into its new building in Konak. We are indebted to Turgut Pura for the rich and precious collections of paintings and sculptures the museum houses today.


Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, Ahmed Adnan Saygun Art Center, which is a gift to the city ( AASS ) has been a long-term dream that come true about art . The dream which started with a project contest in 2000,and it was realized with the first concert on December 27, 2008. With 29,500 m2 total area ,Ahmed Adnan Saygun Art Center consists of 2 concert halls, 5 exhibition halls, 4 meeting rooms and cultural platforms which are suitable for open space activities, and it is one of Turkey’s most qualified art centers .There is a parking lot for 300 people under Ahmed Adnan Saygun Art Center and it offers nonstop service to viewers and artists coming to the event.The acoustic design project of the concert hall was done by the British firm ARUP which also did that of the Royal Opera House in London.There is a suspension bridge which connects ground floor gallery and upstairs galleries and it allows a transition between the stairs and upper galleries,so it combines the four galleries perfectly to exhibit independently. Thanks to this perfect combination, 4 different exhibitions can be held in 4 of the galleries at the same time,or 1 solo comprehensive exhibition can be held in 2 of the galleries.



The Historical City Gas Factory constructed in Alsancak 150 years ago by the French has been converted into a brand new art centre following the restoration and landscape design work carried out by the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality.Within the scope of the City Gas Factory Restoration Project, all the structures were demolished except the officially registered ones on the 2.850 m2 construction area within an overall area of 24 000 m2. The buildings registered under the category of “sympathetically restored structures” began to be used as an art centre.


Built by the Greek Orthodox Community Ayavukla (Saint Voukolus) Church in the second half of the 19th century, the church was used for his purpose until 1922. When the community left Izmir, the building was abandoned. In 1924, it was converted into the Asar-ı Atika (Ancient Artifacts) Museum under orders from Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Later it was changed into an opera practice hall by the Ministry of Culture. The building was evacuated because of an unfortunate fire that caused substantial damage. With the declaration of the Turkish Republic, intensive studies were conducted on museology and some bas reliefs, sculptures, ceiling drapes and other artifacts of historical value were recovered and kept in the museum’s garden. The museum was then moved to the Fair Grounds in 1951. Owned by the Department of Treasury, the building was registered as a “cultural item under preservation” on January 17, 1975 by the circular order no 152 issued by the government.


Doganlar Church is one of the numerous churces which were built within the territories –primarily in Istanbul -of the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century ,with the given privileges to the Christian vassals. By the development of the commercial activities of Levantines in Izmir and in the West of Anotolia and under the effect of the Greek population ,who had immigrated from the islands and Balkans, a large number of churches were constructed in the region.Because Izmir is an important port city,as a result of becoming multicultural structure of population in time ,the churches of different denominations were built and they bring the references of the sociological structure of that era to the present. Located in the Bornova district with its triangular pediment ,symmetrically placed large rectangular windows, pitched roof, single-aisled and one apse,Doganlar Church is one of these examples.Doganlar Church is different from other monumental churces ,which continue the tradition of the Middle Ages, due to its size,material and building technique.The church was surrounded by the olive trees and it was built in the mid-19th century as a modest-scaled church ,probably for Greek Orthodox people, who came from Greece and Balkans to work, in those years.After losing its function,the church was used as a carpenter’s shop for along time and then it was used as a barn and badly damaged. Restoration of the building process has been completed.The church is available for the social and cultural use(special activities) of the residents.


“Yeşilova Mound Visitor Center”, which was built by Municipality of Bornova in 2014, is located next to the first settlement in İzmir dating back to 8500 years ago. The center consists of an archaelogy park, an excavation house, activity areas, exhibition premises and a Neolithic village that are integrated with archaelogical excavation sites belonging to Yeşilova Mound.
Artifacts withdrawn from excavation site are examined and repaired in Archaelogy Research Laboratory and visitors can pay a visit to the area where İzmir’s first civilisations emerged in the center having approximately 4756 square metre closed space. Also,visitors can find out about the Neolithic period in the village built almost originally in the site where pre-historic period is exhibited with a different perspective. In Yeşilova Mound Visitor Center, many other activities and projects are continued together with excavation work and researches. The aim of these is to cooperate between University, Municipality, educational institutions and society in an attempt to teach Anatolia’s initial culture and İzmir’s first settlement dating back to 8500 years ago, endear archaelogy, make a claim to our historical artifacts, raise consciousness of protection, turn history into a concept that is “living” for the society and improve society’s intellection and commitment to historical sites.
Activities for visitors are carried out in “excavation sites and excavation house”, archaelogy park for children”, and “pre-historic village”.Students, young and adults visiting the site are told about initial Anatolian cultures,and  İzmir’s pre-historic period, travel through time in the pre-historic village and are taken for a walk around Yeşilova Mould and Yassıtepe excavation sites.

Numerous exhibitions have been held on varied themes in the exhibition premises of Visitor Center within this year.


karşıyaka opera
Housing one of the best acoustic venues of Turkey, Karşıyaka Municipality Opera and Theatre House was built on an area of 3,000-square meter covered space. The three-storey facility also includes a basement, car park and harborage. 517-seat capacity hall including an exhibition area and boxes was also added to the building. The international accreditation of the House has been carried out by a team of experts. The building offers a pleasant service to audiences with a modern air conditioning system. Indoor areas including wet floors were covered with granite and woodwork, and stage systems, acoustics and lighting were all designed and applied by experts.


İşsanat Izmir Art Gallery is at the service of artists and art lovers of Izmir in its place on the top floor of Iş Bankası (Business Bank) Konak Branch in Konak Square.The 400-square meter gallery is composed of two adjacent halls. Painting, sculpture and ceramics exhibitions are displayed in these exhibition halls.The gallery is open from 10:00 to 19:00 everyday except Sundays, Mondays and national holidays.


The Art Gallery of Guzelyali Cultural Center ,which is one of the affiliates of Konak Municipality Cultural and Social Affairs Directorate ,has been providing service into the cultural and artistic life of Izmir in Guzelyali .The Gallery allows the artists from all of the brances of Fine Arts such as painting,sculpture,ceramic and mosaic arts,etc.to have solo or group exhibitions and it carries out fair organisations successfully while providing quality services to art lovers.It offers an ideal environment for the collections and project exhibitions.The applications of the artists who want to exhibit their works in the art gallery are accepted and evaluated within the specified season calender.The Gallery is open everyday from 09.00 to 16.00 except Sundays.


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Founded by Ayşegül Kurtel and Arzu Özkural in December 2014 with the intent of establishing new spaces of awareness through art, Galeri A is an art organization, which aims to bring a breath of fresh air to local art scene in Izmir. So far aside from exhibitions by valuable artists, it has also organized a variety of workshops and seminars in an attempt to realize its principle to become more than a exhibiting space where audience meets the art, but also become an art space which is included in the process of art and where art is produced.


Uşakizade Mansion is a three-storey building including the ground floor. Two stair cases start in the entry-level assembly and ascend to the first floor on either side. The front wall of the building is lined with bunches of violet flowers. As it is quite cool in summer, the first floor is the favorite spot of the mansion during hot summer days. There are a total of four rooms on this floor. The dining room in this section is a large room also serving as a living room. The marriage ceremony of Ghazi Mustafa Kemal and Latife Hanım was performed in this room.
The room on the left of the entrance is the master room of mansion. This room was reserved for Mustafa Kemal as s study and hosted him for 91 days on five different occasions when he visited Izmir. Ascend to the top floor is through a wooden staircase and there are a total of six rooms three on either side of the top floor hallway. There are four bedrooms located on each corner of this floor. The first room on the right of the stairs is Ghazi Pasha’s bedroom. The two rooms in the middle are the living rooms used by the family in the evenings.